About Me: I have been a professional educator for over 30 years. I completed my BA in Education at ASU, and earned my M.Ed. and Ed.D. degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. I began my teaching career in special education and have taught grades 1-6. I have had many administrative/leadership roles throughout my career including elementary principal, special education director, director of a private school for the deaf, coordinator of a Professional Development School (PDS) program in the Madison District affiliated with ASU-West, and teacher education lecturer at ASU-West. Courses I have taught include action research, classroom instruction and management, curriculum organization, technology integration in the K-12 classroom, classroom assessment, and the student teaching capstone seminar. Since my second "retirement" in May 2007, I have been involved in many educational technology projects related to Web 2.0 and best practices for technology integration in schools/universities. I am currently an AzTEA Board Member. AzTEA (Arizona Technology in Education Alliance) is an ISTE Affiliate Chapter.
My passion is continuing to explore all of the latest technology innovations and social networking opportunities for engaging students/teachers in powerful interactive learning experiences, and to share these resources with other educators. Retirement has provided me with time to spend with family, home projects, reading, getting together with friends, and most of all, playing with all of my technology tools.
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Actually, Steve Hargadon put me in touch with these wonderful folks a couple of years ago. I just wish I had more time to spend in the portal. As you said, there are such wonderful resources here, and I try to share them out with the science and math teachers at my school.
Hi Peggy - So glad you joined the MSP2 network. Thanks for adding the "about me" section - I enjoyed reading it. We really are trying to meet the needs of a varied audience and knowing who our members are sure helps.
In any case, I wanted to point out that we've got lots of resources for middle school math and science educators just in case you wanted to share (even though you are retired)! Look at the left side of the Main page - Math and Science Resource Guides, Diigo lists, and project blogs where we highlight exemplary online math and science resources and the research that is going on at the polar regions.
We've had three Tech Talks so far - one on Interactive Notebooks, Moodle, and Digital Storytelling. You can get to the recordings of those by clicking on the Web Archive link.
You can see all our upcoming events by clicking on the Events tab. The next TechTalk topic is Using Wikis. We've got lots more topics to cover in the next few months - technology, pedagogy, content knowledge, all sorts of fun stuff!
Would you be interested in leading a TechTalk? Any ideas or feedback you have would be greatly appreciated!
Glad to see you already have some friends here. You might want to introduce yourself here and join groups. Its a great way to find even more people with similar interests, to find information and share your own experiences and expertise. The more we all share, the more we all can learn. There is a wealth of resources here, and now you are a part of that too.
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