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Vol. 12, Issue 2, 2009

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Lisa Hervey is a research assistant at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and a Curriculum and Instruction doctoral student at NC State University. Her research focuses on K-12 technology integration and developing Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPCK) for in-service teachers. She holds a B.S. in Special and Elementary Education from Central Michigan University and a M.Ed. in Reading from NCSU. She achieved her National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification while teaching middle grades language arts for ten years at a public separate school. She currently teaches Learning and Teaching with Web 2.0 Tools, an online workshop for in-service teachers. Along with her husband, she enjoys hiking and camping. Running and reading keep her sane.

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Ryan C. Smith is a doctoral student in Mathematics Education at NC State University and a research assistant at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. He received his B.S. in Secondary Mathematics Education from Auburn University and his M.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Houston. Prior to attending NC State, Ryan taught secondary mathematics for 5 years in Texas. His research interests include the use of dynamic geometry software in the teaching and learning of geometry, the role and use of technology in the creation of mathematical arguments and proofs, and the preparation of teachers to teach mathematics with technology.

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Tom Warren is a second year doctoral student in the Educational Research and Policy Analysis Program at NCSU.

Tom's work experience includes private sector multinational operations management; K-12 public English, Language Arts, Spanish, and ESL instruction; and adult education at the technical school level. Tom's thesis work (M.S. Ed., NCSU, 2006) focused on the intersection of technology and middle school Language Arts instruction via a descriptive, qualitative research method.

Tom is currently researching Early College High Schools in NC for his dissertation work; actively pursuing research publications; works as an EdIT Computer Support Specialist for the CED/School of Psychology; and serves as Tech Editor for Meridian.

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Review Board


Anne Akers, a public school teacher for 20 years, has a master’s degree in history from VA Tech and an MLS from East Carolina University. Currently, she is the Director of the Media Center in the College of Education at NC State University where she is working towards her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on technology.

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Erin Horne
Curriculum and Instruction


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Leslie Keller
Instructional Technology


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Rich Lamb
Math, Science, and Technology Education


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Amanda Lambertus is a doctoral student in Mathematics Education at NC State University. She received her B.A. in Mathematics from Indiana University. After teaching high school mathematics in Indiana and Carteret County, Amanda earned a M.S. in Mathematics Education with a Minor in Mathematics from NC State University. Currently, she is a research assistant for MOSS.


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Sheryl Long is currently a fulltime graduate student in NC State's College of Education, where she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus on middle grades English education. Sheryl received her B.A. in English from Meredith College and her M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Sheryl has eleven years experience teaching middle grade English language arts.


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Nayo Mack is a doctoral student in Technology Education at NC State University. She holds a BS in Graphics Communications from NC A&T State
University and a MS in Computer Graphics from Purdue University. She currently works as an adjunct professor at two local universities while working on her dissertation. Her research interests include gaming, curriculum and instruction, and alternative learning methods.


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Gemma Mojica is a doctoral student in Mathematics Education at NC State University. She received her B.S. in Mathematics from East Carolina University. After teaching middle school mathematics in Wake County, Gemma earned a M.S. in Mathematics Education with a Minor in Statistics from NC State University. Currently, she is a research assistant in the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education at NC State. She is particularly interested in issues related to the teaching and learning of probability and statistics, as well as how technology can be used to empower students and teachers.


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Marielle Myers
Doctoral student, Mathematics Education


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Kenny Nguyen is a doctoral student in mathematics education and is a research assistant for Generating Increased Science & Mathematics Opportunities (GISMO). He obtained his B.S. from the University of Chicago in mathematics in 2001 and M.A. from the University of Michigan in Learning Technologies in 2005. Prior to returning to graduate school, he served as network administrator for the Chicago based Joyce Foundation and taught summer school in the Chicago Public Schools. His research interests include the learning sciences, rational number reasoning, urban education, and assessment design.


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Laura Robertson received her B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She taught middle school science for six years in Tennessee. She is a doctoral student and research assistant in the Science Education department.


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Jonathan Rowe is a doctoral student in Computer Science at NC State University. He came to NCSU immediately after completing his B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Currently, he is a research assistant in the IntelliMedia Center for Intelligent Systems at NC State. Jon's research focuses on the the use of artificial intelligence to enhance student interactions with narrative-centered learning environments and other game-based learning technologies.


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Jennifer Sharp is a full time doctoral student at NC State, working toward a degree in Science Education with a focus on chemistry education. She received her BS in chemistry from NC State and her MA in Education from Austin Peay State University. She taught high school chemistry in Tennessee and has worked on several grants through NC State's College of Education and the Friday Institute to help integrate technology in science and mathematics classrooms in rural northeast NC.  She now works as the Fayetteville Office Outreach Coordinator with NC State's Science House.


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Staci Teague is a graduate student in the Instructional Technology program at NCSU. She received a B.S. in Mathematics Education at NCSU. Her work experience includes teaching high school mathematics for 12 years.


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Jennifer Tingen is a research assistant at The William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University. She is a doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. She received her BA in Communication and her MA in English from NC State University. Jennifer has taught English at NC State University, Wake Technical Community College, and ECPI College of Technology. Her research interests include Web 2.0 and its impact on learning, online education, and online social networking utilities.


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Peter Holt Wilson is a research assistant at The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University and a doctoral student in Mathematics Education. He taught secondary mathematics before returning to graduate school full time in 2005. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics and an M.A.Ed. in Mathematics from East Carolina University. In 2004, Holt received Adolescence and Young Adult Mathematics certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. His interests outside of mathematics education include hiking, sailing, and recreational running.


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Faculty Editorial Advisor


Edwin R. Gerler Professor, Department of Educational Research, Leadership, and Counselor Education

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Managing Editor


Beckey Reed Consultant for School Services
College of Education

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Technology Editor

Bethany V. Smith is a masters student in instructional technology. She earned a BS in technology education from NC State University. Bethany has taught in public school as well as in the corporate arena. She is the Assistant Director of Learning Technologies for the College of Education at NCSU. Her interests include technology integration across curricular areas.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, 2009
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