I am delighted to serve on the NCTE Teacher Student Use of Online Information for several reasons.
I've been an NCTE member since about 1975 and have always wanted to make a contribution to my colleagues in the field of English/Language Arts. Since earning a doctorate in Instructional Applications of Technology in 1987, many folks think I am the "technology woman." However, my content area is still English/Language Arts. I feel honored to serve on this committee.
I've been involved with teacher education and technology since 1982. I have taught various community technology classes, taught university graduate technology courses, presented at national and international technology conferences, given many hands-on workshops for educators, helped prepare university faculty in the area of technology, chaired college media and technology committess, completed research on the impact of technology on learners, participated in standards revisions for school librarians, and remained active in technology as a teacher educator with an English/Language Arts background.
Alabama State University is a partner with Microsoft Corporation (we're waiting on approval for year two and three) as a result of an RFP that I responded to over a year ago. The program donates Microsft productivity, creativity, and learning software that is used in pre-service and in-service courses and workshops. This participation has greatly enhanced the range of software we can use in our classes. This year we are hoping to integrate more technolgy throughout the teacher education program in methodology courses. We also hope to design and publish a Web page to share software reviews and/or lesson ideas.
A story I can contribute is one of great joy. I received a call this summer from a former student who wanted some advice on equipment and budget for a technology lab at an elementary school where she is a teacher. While I am less in favor of labs, and more in favor of classrooms infused with technology, I was pleased that a former student called to ask for advice. It seems that as a result of taking the three technology courses offered at Alabama State University during her Masters program, her principal viewed her as a knowledgeable technology using classroom teacher and promoted her to a position as school technology coordinator. Furthermore, this woman said she was actually able to use ideas, lessons, and designs created in the class in preparing her lab. I share this story with my classes and colleagues to make the point that technology experiences in in-service and pre-service education can make a difference in employment.
Associate Professor of Instructional Technology
College of Education, Department of Instructional Support Pro- grams
915 South Jackson
PO Box 271
Alabama State University
Montgomery, AL 36101-0271
(334) 229-4462 (office)