Sarah McPherson
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Tell about your involvement in education, and your ideals for collegial sharing
My involvement in education has been my 30+ year career in trying to find innovative ways for kids to learn and want to learn. I started as a secondary Spanish teacher, then ESL and from there got into higher ed teacher training programs. My ideals can be stated in
"it takes a village". There is too much to know, learn, remember and do so sharing with others makes it more manageble.... and fun.
About Me:
I'm chair of the Instructional Technology program at New York Institute of Technology. I came to New York 4 years ago from Jonhs Hopkins Center for Technology in Education. I find technology exciting, interesting and challenging. I'm hooked on trying to keep up and catch up. Everytime I sit at the computer I think of my late advisor, Gil Schiffman, who told us in 1982 that technology was the future. He always said his was so nontechy that he would start to shake with a screwdriver in his hand, but he would hang on. That's how I am, shaking with the technology in my hands and trying to hang on.

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At 11:27am on December 30, 2008, Connie Weber said…
Can you tell us some of the challenges you've faced as Chair of the Instructional Technology Program? What problems in your area of study need to addressed in an urgent fashion?
Also, how about sharing some of your favorite resources, if you have a moment? What are some recent (or not recent) books you recommend we read? Some model programs?
Don't mean to put you on the spot, just interested.
At 7:41am on September 23, 2008, Connie Weber said…
Hi Sarah,

We've been teachers the same length of time. Remember our "training days"? Have you saved the books of philosophy from that era? We're in quite a different time now, aren't we. Much has changed about schooling (in this NCLB-era)--and much hasn't, just solidified rock-hard.

Hey, I love what you said about your advisor's hands shaking while just holding a screwdriver. Reminds me of how Howard Garner said there are digital natives and digital immigrants, and beyond that even people like him who might be called techno-paleoliths. And I completely get what you're saying about shaking with technology in your hands and trying to hold on. Let's have some fun with supporting each other and everyone else in just relaxing into it.

It's truly a different frame of mind... very pioneering work, out on the frontier's edge. And the key ingredient: openness to being a learner, with young people as teachers. Those things I love.

It's a pleasure to have you here. Your involvement at the NY Institute of Technology, your learning from Johns Hopkins--those will be great to hear about. Can't wait to hear what you're thinking about in general--please jump in on or start any conversations you'd like.

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At 10:31am on September 18, 2008, Ed Jones said…
Hi, Sarah, Wecome!

Interesting community you have. Hope you like the discussions here!
At 7:41am on September 18, 2008, Ian Carmichael said…
Welcome Sarah,
It will be great to hear your insights and passion at the Fireside. Enjoy the bubbub of voices, and add your own - start your own. The plaftform is very flexible. I like to think the community is as well!

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