About me

John Cano, Ph.D.

I do work with technology for education in face-to-face and online environments in both K-12 and higher education. I am a strong believer in the power connections and engagement have to make education a more welcoming and significant experience for students of different levels (K-21). My research areas are student engagement, curricular integration of technology, curriculum design, culture learning, digital citizenship, and literacies.


  • Ph.D. Education (2021) - University of California, Santa Barbara 
  • M.A. Education (2019) - University of California, Santa Barbara. 
    • Thesis:  Perceptions of undergraduate students about engaging in a community-based afterschool program
  • M.S. Education (2016), Educational Technology Emphasis - Universidad del Norte, Colombia. (Cum Laude) 
    • Thesis: Development of the intercultural competence and digital competence of higher education students in online education. 
  • B.S. Computer Science (2011) Universidad del Norte, Colombia. 
  • Teaching certification-Higher Education Pedagogy. Universidad del Norte, Colombia (2014-2015).


  • Educational Technology
  • Curricular integration of ICT
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Student Engagement
  • Digital Literacy
  • Intercultural Education 
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Online Education 


  • Honorable mention - Big Ideas (2018). Project: "Let's learn Mixtec", University of California, Berkeley – May 2018. 
  • Teaching Excellence Award (2016): Award given by Universidad del Norte to professors who are distinguished for being innovators in the classroom and provide an enrichment experience to their students within and outside the classroom. 
  • Distinguished student (2014-2015) of the Master of Education program. Universidad del Norte.


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