About The Founder

Michael Butler Sr.Michael Butler currently serves as the Director of the E. Desmond Lee Technology and Learning Center and Website Manager for the College of Education at the University of Missouri--St.. Louis. He has more than 18 years of technology experience which includes management and educational growth activities at all levels for teachers, students, parents, and administrators. 

After designing the Parkway School District website, Michael began teaching workshops to librarians and administrators and soon became an internet trainer/specialist part-time with the Cooperating School District in St. Louis, Missouri. Shortly after, Parkway created a full webmaster position. In that position he started managing the district web site and chaired several committees through the district. Today Michael works in schools around the country in a wide range of activities ranging from Digital Story Telling to motivational speeches.  He also runs a digital camera user-group in the St. Louis area.

Michael starting presenting for Classroom Connect in 1997 at their Anaheim, CA conference. Since then he has become one of their top nationally recognized presenters as well as a Featured Speaker for several of their conferences. Michael has also consulted with DataViz makers of Web Buddy where  in 1998 he was the presenter in their educational video titled "Bringing the Internet into the Classroom". He has recently completed filming as a lead instructor in a video Effective Technology Integration by Hardcourt. Today he nows has joined Brewer Technologies where he continues to deliver exciting workshops.

Additionally Michael has a consulting company, "Butler Consulting Group" which focuses on Technology Today for Advancement Tomorrow. The company provides consultative services in variuos areas of technology, to businesses and academic institutions. These services include designing web sites, technical support, hosting, desktop publishing, graphic design and training. Michael has provided web services (classroom web sites) to educators who otherwise had no affordable way to post web pages for their students and parents.

Testimony

I guess Michael can best be summed up with this comment:

"I am so very grateful for all that you've done for me and the District's I've worked with. You approach your work with a caring, committed and compassionate dedication that is rare in the marketplace. Offering your time and talents to help out regardless whether there was a purchase order in place or not speaks volumes where your priorities are at. You mother raised you right!"

Ron Spicer
Director of Technology
Affton School District

Committees & Organizations

Over the years Michael has served on several committees. Below are a few of them:

  • Gateway Rivers Greenway Citizens' Advisory Committee
  • Gateway High School Citizens' Advisory Committee
  • Vashon High School Citizens' Advisory Committee
  • St. Louis Eye Camera Usergroup - Founder
  • Great Rivers Greenway Citizens' Advisory Committee
  • Deans Committee on Social Justice
  • Focus on Teaching and Technology (FTTC) Conference Planning Committee
  • Tritons Toastmasters - UMSL
  • iPad Circle Committee

Conferences

Michael has been presented for both local and national conferences since 1996. Here are a few of these conferences and locations:

  • METC St. Louis, MO. 1996
  • Missouri NEA Conference St. Louis, MO. 1997
  • Classroom Connect Anaheim, CA 1997
  • Other Classroom Connect conferences (1998-2007) destinations were Seattle, WA.*, Dallas, TX., Chicago, IL.*, Atlantic City, NJ., Brooklyn, NY., Philadelphia, PA.*, Las Vegas, NV.*, Palm Springs, CA.*, Long Beach, CA.*, Orlando, FL., New Orleans, LA.*
  • Visions Technology presenter/trainer in Little Rock, AK., Gulf Port, MS., New Orleans, LA.
  • Brewer Technologies presenter/trainer in Wilson, NC., Bullhead City, NV, West Chester, PA.*
  • Film actor/presenter in Atlanta, NJ (Dataviz) and El Paso, TX.* (Classroom Connect)
  • ISTE (NECC) presenter/trainer in San Diego, CA, Chicago, IL, New Orleans, LA., Philadelphia, PA., and San Antonio, TX.,
  • Learning Forward Conference in Anaheim, CA.
  • TCEA presenter/trainer in San Antonio, TX.*
  • CUE presenter/trainer in Palm Springs, CA.*
  • Consulting for Classroom Connect Alexandria, VA. and Dallas, TX

 

*indicates multiple visits at destination for conference over several years.