• CARLA BATES

    Education Solutions Specialist

    Miami, FL

What’s your work-life philosophy?
I believe that to succeed in your career you must have commitment, dedication, and loyalty towards work.

What do you like best about working at UDT?
I enjoy working for UDT because of the organization’s culture. UDT works hard to provide an environment where its employees feel supported and nurtured as well as places a priority on family.

How are makerspaces transforming schools?
Makerspaces are allowing outdated media centers and underutilized spaces to transform into areas where students can learn through hands-on experimentation. The Maker concept is transforming schools into places where students can cultivate the 21st century skills (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, technology literacy, and creativity) needed for their future.

How is UDT creating greater digital access and equity in the classroom?
UDT is assisting numerous public school districts as well as charter and private schools with easy access to the newest educational technology at competitive prices. UDT is also providing schools with implementation guidance, professional development and professional services they need to make technology integration a success. UDT is truly a total solutions provider in education.

Why is professional development important to the success of the digital convergence?
As the digital convergence impacts more and more classrooms, many teachers are faced with new challenges. Teachers now must learn how to effectively integrate the use of new technology into their classrooms. Professional development is the key to allowing teachers to be successful with not only learning the basics to using the new tools but teaching them how to effectively transform their lessons with the use of technology.

Where will the classroom be in five years?
Straight rows of student desks, scantrons, file folders full of student work, textbooks, and teacher-led instruction will all be in the past. The new classroom will allow students to take control of their own learning with the use of technology and individualized instruction based on the student’s passions. The new classroom will revolve around gaming and augmented reality technology as a means of learning content and promoting discovery-based learning to enhance the information available to students. The new classroom will use technology as a way for students to collaborate with one another, transcend the four walls of the classroom and bring outside resources into the learning experience.

What is the best professional advice you would give?
Never be comfortable with being comfortable. The more you put yourself out there and step out of your comfort zone the more you will grow professionally and personally.

People would be surprised if they knew you…
I have an addiction to paranormal shows and movies. I secretly want to be ghost hunter on a ghost hunter reality T.V. show!

What do you enjoy doing in your time off?
During my free time, I enjoy attending outdoor art and music festivals, traveling, and taking my dogs to the dog park and other events.

Carla values UDT’s company culture is addicted to paranormal shows & movies enjoys attending outdoor music festivals