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NECC 2009 Meet Your Board Suggested Sessions Member Answers Future Submissions

Meet Your


Jean Kiekel Chair Jean is originally from Topeka, Kansas, where much of her family still resides. Currently, she is living in League City, Texas which is at the north edge of Galveston County, 30 miles north of the island, living there from 1992-2003 and returning in the summer of 2008. Jean is a graduate of Kansas State University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and a PhD in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in educational technology. For the past 7 years Jean has worked at the University of Houston on their main campus teaching teachers to integrate technology into their content. Additionally, she has written curriculum and taught an online high school AP Economics class for VHS, Inc. In her spare time, she enjoys quilting and spending time with her family. Jean has been married for nearly 28 years and has five daughters, ranging in age from 12 to 25.

Lisa Sjogren Communications Officer Lisa was raised in Stillwater, Minnesota, she received her bachelor of science from Bemidji State University, and her Masters of Arts from Hamline University. Currently she serves as a Technology Integration Collaborative Teacher (TICT) with Osseo Area Schools, a position which she has held for the past year. In her current position, she works with her co-TICTs to directly support 530 teachers in their technology integration and provide professional development opportunities. Previously she served as the Director of Technology for St. Raphael's Catholic School (Crystal, MN), assisting teachers improve their technology integration skills and developed technology days for area principals, teachers and technology coordinators. In her spare time, Lisa is a competitive speedskater. She also enjoys photography, cooking, and travel. Lisa lives in Albertville, Minnesota with her husband, Erik.

SIGilt Annual Meeting Tuesday, June 30 2:00 PM WWCC 209B

Check out the NECC Ning each day while you are at NECC for a thought provoking question.

Meet Your


Adam Wendt Member at Large Adam Wendt was born and raised in Wyoming and graduated from Rock Springs High School in 1988. He has a strong technology background and graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Music Composition in 1994. Since then he has been working at all levels of educational media development and production, including writing, directing and producing programs in collaboration with research scientists. He is an experienced developer, director and producer of educational media programs and technology applications for parents, teachers and people who have developmental disabilities. He has been responsible for developing over 37 interactive media projects at IRIS Media, Inc. He is currently working on two online media projects funded through the Department of Education and three projects funded through the National Institutes of Health. Mr. Wendt founded IRIS Media in 1999 and is currently the Chief Operations Officer. He has been the primary designer of and is currently working on a number of projects to deliver professional and personal development content to teachers, parents and direct support staff. He resides in Eugene, Oregon with his wife and three adopted children, ages 4, 7, and 14. He is way into listening to podcasts and investigating new instructional technologies. He likes to Wakeboard, Snow Ski, Camp, and much to his wife’s dismay, has an eclectic taste in music.

Katie Christo Member at Large Katie is currently the Instructional Technology Specialist for the Middle School at the American International School in Chennai, India. She has worked as an ITS at both the Elementary and Middle levels for the past 7 years. She has also been a Director of Education for Sylvan Learning Centers, taught at the college level, and worked for a dot-com. She received undergraduate degrees in Graphic Design and in Elementary Education. Her MEd is in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration on Instructional Technology from Northeastern University. Her experiences in educational technology span teacher trainings, presentations at conferences, planning of conferences, and recently, an understanding of instructional technology in international schools. She also shares, through her wiki and blog(s), innovative learning technologies and their use to further teaching and learning. Katie strives to motivate and encourage her staff and students as they grow as teachers and learners. She loves to travel and see the world with her husband. She is also a mixed-media artist whose paintings have been in shows in North Carolina and South Carolina and have sold around the world.

“SIG Picks” To help you out during NECC 2009, below is a list of the SIGilt recommended programs or workshops. Don’t forget the SIGilt annual meeting on Tuesday at 2:00 pm in WWCC 209B. Title





Harnessing Authentic Learning and Multimedia to Enhance Teaching and Learning

Peter Hillis, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (Scotland, UK)

Monday 6/29/2009

12:30–1:30 pm

WWCC 159, Table: 6

Virtual Pioneers--Teachers Using Second Life to Learn about History

Andrew Wheelock, WNYRIC-Erie 1 BOCES

Monday 6/29/2009

2:00–4:00 pm

WWCC East Registration Lobby, Table: 36

Transforming Instruction for English Language Learners with Web 2.0 Tools

Arturo Guajardo Austin ISD

Monday 6/29/2009

2:00–3:00 pm

WWCC 146 B

Best Practices for Using Games in the Classroom

Karen Billings, Software & Information Industry Association

Monday 6/29/2009

3:30–4:30 pm

WWCC 158

Electronic Constructivism: Enhancing Learning with 10 Promising Technologies

Maureen Yoder Lesley University

Monday 6/29/2009

3:30–4:30 pm

WWCC 145 B

Emerging Technologies: The implications for the Future of Schooling

Westley Field, MLC School (Australia)

Monday 6/29/2009

3:30–4:30 pm

WWCC 209 B

TA409 Electronic Constructivism: Enhancing Learning with 10 Promising Technologies

Maureen Yoder, Lesley University

Tuesday 6/30/2009

8:30–11:30 am

WWCC 143 A

SIGilt Annual Meeting

Jean Kiekel, University of Houston with Bob McLaughlin

Tuesday 6/30/2009

2:00–3:00 pm

WWCC 209 B

WebQuests 2.0: A Richer Web Improves a Good Idea

Tom March,

Tuesday 6/30/2009

3:30–4:30 pm

WWCC Ballroom B

WA504 A Terrific Toolbox: Tools that Enhance PD and Technology Coaching

Doug Caldwell, eMINTS with Monica Beglau and Angela Esser

Wednesday 7/1/2009

8:30–11:30 am

WWCC 156

New Technology Tricks for Old Dogs: Use What You Know

Kathleen Risolvo, Schiller Park School District with Melissa Gosche

Wednesday 7/1/2009

8:30–9:30 am

WWCC 146 A

Teaching Outside the Classroom Box: Changing How Instruction is Delivered

Sally Butzin, Institute for School Innovation

Wednesday 7/1/2009

8:30–9:30 am

WWCC 146 B

Write for innovative learning technologies... We are trying something new in SIGilt by writing a quarterly newsletter called innovative learning technologies. As we strive to have all of our members to become active participants of SIGilt and contribute to the newsletter. The focus for the each issue is different, see the table below for specific details about the focus and the timelines for communication. Fall









Collaboration Open Source Google Apps Cell Phones

Diversity Web 2.0 Moodle/Drupal iPod Education

Communication Virtual Learning Using Games Writing Grants

Creativity Prof. Development Technology Plans NECC 2010

Request for Paragraphs

September 1

December 1

March 1

May 13

Paragraphs Due

September 14

December 11

March 16

May 25

Authors Contacted

September 18

December 17

March 23

May 27

Final Article Due

October 8

January 19

April 13

June 15

Publication Date

October 20

January 28

April 22

June 22

To be considered for publication please send a one-paragraph email summary of the article topic, lesson, activity, technology required, and appropriate grade level to Lisa Sjogren, SIGilt Communications Chair at by the specified date. Based on submitted paragraphs, up to six authors will be selected to write for each issue. Article Specifics: • Length of up to 800 words. Submit as a Word 2003 attachment or embed within your email. • Write in an active voice and break the lesson into specific steps. • May contain up to two photographs with a signed media release for anyone appearing in the photographs. • Include contact information for readers who would like to learn more. • Article may be edited for space and authors will be contacted if this occurs.

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