Women's Voices in the Field of Educational Technology : Our by J. Ana Donaldson

By J. Ana Donaldson

In a qualified international that has a convention of the “good outdated boy” community, girls lengthy have fought for reputation within the academic know-how box. during this publication authors talk about the ladies of their personal lives who've made the variation for them of their specialist improvement. a gaggle of 31 participants from america, Canada, Northern Cyprus, the united kingdom, and South Korea have been requested to join this activity. The breadth of the checklist used to be meant to compile as many views as attainable. a few tales incorporated during this ebook are deeply inner most, others supply old views of women's roles in academic know-how, whereas others concentrate on mentoring. This e-book is meant as a source for all contributors within the box of academic expertise, educational layout, and studying layout at a countrywide and foreign point.

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In becoming involved in both of those groups, I found a new way of viewing my work and advancing the profession. Mary encouraged me to join the AACTE Innovation and Technology Committee and together we managed to help advance the committee’s efforts to impact teacher education leadership’s implementation of technology using the TPACK model. As I noted in the beginning of this professional journey, I found Mary mentoring me, sometimes more than I ever mentored her! Because of my involvement in AACTE and NTLS, I was able to move to an endowed professor position.

Having dedicated my career to education at all levels, one memory in particular angers me more now than it confused me then. If you’ve seen the movie Inside Out where different emotions like joy (yellow), sadness (blue), anger (red), disgust (green), and fear (purple) are responsible for safeguarding our memories, this would be a “blue core memory” that has a few swatches of red and green after all these years. When I was in high school, I had a teacher tell me that I was “lake trash,” and would never amount to anything.

I lived and worked in Tehran, Iran until after the beginning of the revolution there. It was a transformational experience in ways I could hardly imagine and for which I will always be grateful. My time there and the difficulties associated with my departure in the midst of the Iranian revolution are the stuff of another story that I will not tell here. It is enough to say that I landed at Florida State University because of my instructional design experience in Iran and the contacts that I made because of it.

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