"Technology can be a powerful tool for transforming learning. It can help affirm and advance relationships between educators and students, reinvent our approaches to learning and collaboration, shrink long-standing equity and accessibility gaps, and adapt learning experiences to meet the needs of all learners" (2016 National Education Technology Plan, p. 1).
As an Assistant Professor of Learning Technology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, my research, practice, and service revolve around the use of technology to enrich the learning experiences of educators and students alike. While technology might be considered "just a tool," in the hands of a creative educator, technology can offer learning experiences that reach beyond our imagination and prepare us for the exciting, yet unpredictable, future.
Professional Learning Networks: My research focuses on how teachers use social networking sites and web-based tools to expand their opportunities for collaborative learning beyond their local work contexts.
3D Printing & Makerspaces: I also study how teachers learn to leverage new technologies to redesign education.
Designing Digital Media for Teaching & Learning Open Online Course
An open online course designed by graduate students in my Educational Web Design Course to help teachers learn how to find, evaluate, design, and use digital media to enhance learning.
Online Tools for Teaching & Learning
A website with detailed information, tutorials, and evaluation criteria for 64 learner-, community-, knowledge-, and assessment-centered digital tools for educators. This site was designed by students in my EDUC 592A (Online Tools for Learning & Instruction) course.
K-12 Tech Tools Database
A database of over 2,000 open educational resources and technology tools categorized by subject, grade level, and state or Common Core standard. The site has been viewed more than 200,000 times since 2010.
Professional Learning Network e-Course
An online course that introduces K-12 teachers to various tools for ongoing learning and professional growth.
Building a Digital Reputation
An online learning tool that helps students develop a professional online presence.