Crystal Jensen is a learning technology consultant whose Native American roots have led her to research and develop methods of incorporating technology in urban and rural areas that will strengthen the capacity of Native American schools and communities. She has traveled the world, including China, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Great Britain, France, and Mexico in an effort to research methods used in other countries, and to network with educational leaders in a variety of forums. She is also the president and founder of Integrity Technologies, and CERCle, two organizations designed to provide 21st century capacity building for communities in need, thereby helping bridge the digital divide.
Ms. Jensen has coordinated and taught technology in rural and urban, public K-12 schools for the past 10+ years, including mobile and online virtual environments. Her experience as an educator has given her a unique perspective on the specific needs of students, administrators and community in regards to the use of technology in education. One of her primary goals is to empower youth to utilize technology to improve every area of a school.
Crystal has also served as the president of Pepperdine’s Association of Computing Machinery and as East Bay Computer Using Educators Vice President and Grant Coordinator. Most recently, she was honored as a 2011-2012 Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) Emerging Leader and 2011-2012 American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) Fellow. Jensen’s current doctoral dissertation research highlights the core issues in the information and communication technology (ICTs) gap experienced by Native Americans, other national and International Indigenous populations, and communities in need, especially those in rural areas. More about her work can be read in her May 2012 article, “Tribal Education and Communities in Need” published in Pepperdine’s Alumni Magazine, The Colleague – http://colleague.pepperdine.edu/2012/06/tribal-education-and-communities-in-need/