Teaching with Technology 2013: Educators Talking Tech
Written By Sheila Conrad, Raneen Elbakry, James Fetterman, Julie Fleischman, Ashley Kendell & Kathryn Weller
Edited By Dustin De Felice
Cover Design by Julie Fleischman
In this volume, you will read the words and stories of educators adapting to and working with technology in ways that make their classrooms, whether virtual or traditional, better places for all stakeholders. As a professor in the Masters of Art Foreign Language Teaching Program (MAFLT), Dustin De Felice had the distinct pleasure of working with a small group of dedicated professionals who were interested in discussing, experimenting with and critiquing technology use in their classroom as well as in classrooms-at-large. The final result of this time spent together is contained in a freely available etext downloaded to most tablets, handheld devices or traditional desk/laptops. The overall volume is organized into four sections beginning with persuasive essays on specific topics within technology and classroom use and ending with reviews of technology oriented resources/article.
Within the etext, these educators talk about preferences, experiences and, ultimately, classroom practices from a broad representation of fields that includes language learning (Arabic and French), anthropology and composition. This broad representation of fields helps to see practices through the eyes of colleagues and led to greater and more inclusive discussions. Additionally, these professionals work in unique situations and they have needs and perspectives that show through in their technology choices. In fact, one of the most lasting and enduring features of the current tech explosion is the ability to personalize or individualize one's experience with electronic devices from computers to tablets to smart phones.
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About the Author
Ashley Kendell is a doctoral student in the Anthropology Department at Michigan State University. Her focus is physical anthropology with special interests in forensic anthropology and skeletal biology. Ashley completed her M.A. in physical anthropology at California State University in 2010 and she plans on completing her PhD in 2016. Her long term goal is to become a professor of anthropology.Ashley is one of the authors of "Teaching with Technology 2013." Please visit her work here: smashwords.com/books/view/415808
James Fetterman attended Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish as well as Primary and Secondary Education. He also studied for six months in Valparaíso, Chile, at La Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. He is currently a high school Spanish teacher in Sterling, Virginia, where he teaches classes designed for both nonnative and heritage-speaking students. His current interests include language assessment and interlanguage of second language learners.James is one of the authors of "Teaching with Technology 2013." Please visit his work here: smashwords.com/books/view/415808
Julie Fleischman is an anthropology doctoral student at Michigan State University studying physical and forensic anthropology. She received her MS in Forensic Science in 2011 and her MA in Anthropology in 2013 from Michigan State University. Her research interests are focused on skeletal trauma resulting from human rights abuses and personal identification.Julie is one of the authors of "Teaching with Technology 2013." Please visit her work here: smashwords.com/books/view/415808
Kathryn Weller is completing her master's degree in Critical Studies in Literacy and Pedagogy from Michigan State University. A native of Chicago, she hopes to return there to teach composition at a community college.Kathryn is one of the authors of "Teaching with Technology 2013." Please visit her work here: smashwords.com/books/view/415808
Raneen Elbakry grew up in Alexandria, Egypt and received most of her education there, including a B.S. in plant pathology. After graduating, she worked in Alexandria University's research department with responsibilities in working with many visiting professors from various American universities. After moving to New Jersey twelve years ago, she started teaching Arabic at multiple non-profit organizations. In her spare time, she loves hiking with her husband and their 9-year-old twins, who speak Arabic and English.Raneen is one of the authors of "Teaching with Technology 2013." Please visit her work here: smashwords.com/books/view/415808
Sheila Conrad graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Northern Iowa in 2008 with a dual degree in French Teaching and Middle Level Education and a minor in Creative Writing. Her primary research interests are in the areas of listening comprehension and instructed second language acquisition. Sheila is going into her fifth year as a French teacher at Bettendorf High School where she teaches all levels of French: Levels I, II, III, IV, Culture and Conversation, and A.P. In addition to teaching, she is the school's France Trip coordinator, French Club Sponsor, and Scholastic Bowl Coach. Her interests outside of French and teaching include reading, writing, walking her dog, watching hockey, watching movies, participating in Zumba, and traveling.Sheila is one of the authors of "Teaching with Technology 2013." Please visit her work here: smashwords.com/books/view/415808