Jakes has spent nearly 30 years in education as a teacher, staff developer,and technology coordinator. From his first
Macintosh Classic to his current iPad and Chromebook, he has witnessed
firsthand the changes in education that educational technology has empowered.
Jakes shares this knowledge as a frequent speaker at technology conferences
across the United States, and has spoken in Canada, Europe, and China. His
interests in educational technology include design thinking, digital
storytelling, mobile learning, and the development of spaces for learning. He
currently maintains a web site, a blog (The Strength of Weak Ties), and a variety of other resources including
dedicated to improving the use of technology in education.