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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
My teaching career began over twenty years ago, in a classroom equipped with a green chalkboard, an Apple IIe computer, and a filmstrip projector. Now I have a dozen laptops and various other types of technology equipment that my students and I use on a daily basis. Over these years as a Career and Technical Education teacher I have developed my personal philosophy concerning teaching and learning. I find when the concepts are relevant and learning is authentic and collaborative students are more engaged in their learning. The proper use of the Internet provides a world of possibilities for young students as they search to find meaning in their studies. The instructor's role in this type of learning environment becomes one of adviser to the students. The teacher should guide students in their educational journey.
At present I am in the middle my studies for a PhD and have begun research for my dissertation. My topic of interest is in integrating technology in the classroom and how various professional development programs train teachers in this endeavor. A qualitative study would examine, explore, and describe teachers’ experiences during and after training, comparing various training programs. My plans are to graduate in 2011.
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