William Kist, PhD, is an associate professor and former middle years and secondary school English teacher. Bill has also served as an English and social sciences curriculum coordinator and as a consultant and trainer for schools, specialising in technology integration and curriculum mapping.
Bill has been researching classroom uses of new media across disciplines and year levels since the late 1990s. He has presented internationally and has over fifty articles and book chapters to his credit. His profiles of teachers who are broadening our conception of literacy are included in his books New Literacies in Action: Teaching and Learning in Multiple Media (2005) and The Socially Networked Classroom: Teaching in the New Media Age (2010). Building on this work, The Global School: Connecting Classrooms and Students Around the World (published by Hawker Brownlow Education, 2012) describes teachers who are using new media to collaborate with students and teachers across the world.
Bill continues to be sought out for interviews in the press regarding new literacies. He remains active as a filmmaker and musician, having earned a regional Emmy nomination for outstanding music composition. His original music has been compiled on his album Movie Music.