This webinar is hosted in English
Dr. Nellie Deutsch and Dr. Ludmila Smirnova have been collaborating since 2008. They present online and face-to-face, write books, moderate sessions on WizIQ, design and facilitate courses, and provide mentorships to 1000s of educators around the world. They began their journey on WizIQ and have met face-to-face a few times to present at conferences around the world.
Relationship-based collaborative learning, caring for others, and peaceful coexistence are values that connect and motivate the presenters. In this session, Nellie and Ludmila will provide the background and share the technology they use for online communication and collaborative learning. The technology includes, WizIQ, Wikieducator, Moodle, google docs, Ning & Facebook social networks, google chat, and Skype.
Dr. Nellie Deutsch has been teaching English to speakers of other languages since the mid 70s. She has been integrating technology into her classes since the mid 90s. Nellie earned her doctorate in education and educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix from the School of Advanced Studies in 2010. Her dissertation research (available on ProQuest, Amazon) focused on instructor experiences with integrating technology in blended learning contexts in higher education around the world.
Nellie is the founder of Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL), an online informal network of volunteers that provides free professional development workshops for groups around the world, generally in conjunction with different projects and initiatives. Dr. Deutsch is also founder and current coordinator of the annual Connecting Online for Instruction and Learning and Moodlemoot free online conferences, hosted online by Integrating Technology and supported by WiZiQ online learning platform. Dr. Deutsch has provided consultation on how to integrate Moodle and Elluminate learning environments for distance education at Open University of Israel, and worked as a consultant for WikiEducator.org, supported by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Otago Polytechnic (New Zealand), and Athabasca Open University (Canada) in developing online courses and facilitation.
Nellie mentors educators to use technology to enhance student learning using Moodle, WebQuests, Professional Electronic Portfolios (Mahara), web 2.0 tools, social networks, and wikis. In addition, she is an accredited PAIRS (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills), conflict resolution, and Reiki practitioner. She practices Mindfulness Meditation and the Alexander Technique.
Dr. Deutsch has written chapters in books on the use of technology and research (Cases in Online Interviews) and has peer-reviewed articles and books on technology enhanced learning. Dr. Deutsch also serves as chair for doctoral students.She is currently researching and writing a book on leading with Moodle.
Finally, Dr. Deutsch has presented on integrating technology into the classroom and educational leadership at conferences in the United States and virtually around the world. Nellie organized and chaired a panel discussion on the merits and challenges of integrating technology into the classroom at the International Leadership Association (ILA) in London, in 2011. She will also present and facilitate Moodle for Teachers workshop at the TESOL, Philadelphia conference on culture in the English classroom in 2012.
Dr. Ludmila Smirnova is Professor of Education at Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y., where she has taught for the past 10 years. At the Mount, she offers courses in Curricular Planning, Methods of Teaching and Teaching with Technology and serves as counselor to Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education. She has become increasingly recognized for her leadership in the application of emerging Internet technologies to education. She has run numerous workshops on the application of Smart Technologies (e.g., Smart Board) and of Web 2.0 tools to the college and primary/secondary classroom.
Prior to coming to the Mount, Dr. Smirnova was visiting professor at Ramapo College of N.J. for two years. In her native Russia, she was professor of education at Volgograd State Pedagogical University, where she also served as Dean of the School of Foreign Languages. During her 25-year Russian career, Dr. Smirnova was known for her work in innovative approaches to teaching. She pioneered the reintroduction of Montessori education in southern Russia; a Montessori trainer in both the American and European approaches, she has run seminars and training programs for Montessori teachers in Russia and the U.S. Also in Russia, she played a key role in creating a model Ecological Gymnasium and other experimental “charter schools.” With her Ph.D. and Masters students, she additionally undertook a major program of comparative study on successful educational innovation; an interest that has continued after her move to the U.S.
Beyond the seventy books and other publications based upon her work in Russia, Dr. Smirnova has written for and presented to a growing list of professional audiences in the U.S. and abroad. She has conducted numerous workshops and seminars on Web 2.0 “Read-Write-Create” technologies, including Moodle and Smartboard training on-line and in colleges, public schools and conferences in the U.S., Europe, and Mexico. She is a co-designer and co-facilitator of the Moodle for Teachers workshops at IT4ALL Integrating Technologies for Long Life Learning.
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Dr. Ludmila and Dr. Nellie Deutsch have been collaborating since 2008. They present online and face-to-face, write books, moderate sessions on WizIQ, design and facilitate courses, and provide mentorships to 1000s of educators around the world. They began their journey on WizIQ and have met face-to-face a few times to present at conferences around the world.