Mark Burke, owner and CEO of Music Within Me, is an Instructional Technology Specialists and educator with eighteen years of experience in teaching, educational technology integration, curriculum development, professional training and school leadership. Mark’s specialty areas include Learning Management Systems, real-time training tools, student engagement plans, authentic learning, software instruction and professional development.
Mark previously served as the Director of Keystone National High School, a private licensed, distance education school located in Bloomsburg, PA. Keystone National is a division of KC Distance Learning, Inc, where Mark also served as the Director of Instruction for all lines of the company including the multi-state virtual charter schools, iQ Academies.
Mark is the founder and manager of a touring musical quartet and can be heard performing frequently in Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra performances.
Mark holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Mansfield University, Mansfield Pennsylvania and Masters Degree in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg Pennsylvania.
"Buy a raincoat, and you can walk alone in the rain. Buy an umbrella, and you can walk with another, hand in hand, keep each other warm and jump puddles that block your path -- together!" (M. Burke, 2008)
Have I gone crazy? Well, a bit! What does this have to do with music. It has more to do with why I am putting a link to my musical endeavors here, on my Virtical Education blog.
There are a ton we can all learn about education, educational technology and learning from studying music. My educational career began as a music teacher. In fact, my Instructional Technology life began as a musician.
I'll share my musical life in hopes that the lessons I have learned, and continue to learn will spark thoughts in others. Everything to me fits under my umbrella in some way. We should all work to identify ourselves by how we can connect the pieces of our lives to form the total picture we call ourselves. See my Musical Happenings list below!