||The LETSNet development team is a unique hybrid. Faculty and Graduate
Students provide content expertise from The
MSU College of Education. On the technical side, Faculty and Graduate
Students from the Communication Technology
Laboratory (a hypermedia R&D lab in the Dept. of Telecommunication)
work hand-in-hand with the Education experts to design and program a website
that meets the unique goals of the project. The project is made possible
by a grant from Ameritech.
|Patrick Dickson is a professor of educational psychology with interests
in human development, multimedia learning environments, and cross-cultural
research. His teaching and research activities focus on applying lifespan
developmental perspectives to the design of new learning environments.
Through his work on technology advisory committees at the university, state,
and public school levels, he is engaged in the challenge of integratingrapidly
evolving new technologies into schools, universities, and teacher educationprograms.
He is also exploring how the Internet can be used to create links among
students and teachers around the world, as well as links between schools
and out-of-school settings, including homes and science museums.
Gillingham is an educational specialist whose research interests include
technology in schools (learning, teaching, telecommunications, and reform)
and hypertext comprehension. He has written on these topics in educational
psychology, education, and technology journals. He is also interested in
the use of technology in data collection.
is a professor of counseling, educational psychology, and special education.
An educational psychologist who specializes in educational technology,
Dr. Byers is interested in the factors that influence the adoption of technology
in and the impact of technology on educational institutions. He is involved
in projects that extend teacher education programs through two-way interactive
communications. He works in a local professional development school, facilitating
its adoption of technology for instructional use. Dr. Byers has a continuing
research interest in the design and analysis of teacher education programs.
|Dick McLeod is a professor of counseling, educational psychology, and
special education. He is a science educator with a physics background and
a long-standing interest in the improvement of K-12 science education.
His interests include curriculum development and implementation with emphasis
on the roles that technology can play in these areas. He is currently involved
in the development of a variety of interactive multimedia projects, including
CD-ROM and videodisc-based technologies.
Benahm is a Ph.D. student in the department of Physical Education/Exercise
Science. His interests include coaching and teacher education, and the
incorporaton of technology in both of these areas. Bob's previous experience
includes K-12 teaching and coaching.
is a second-year Master's student in the Educational Psychology department
from Taiwan. who is interested in instructional Technology in Language
learning. She has been a teaching assistant in Spanish in Taiwan.
is a fourth grade teacher at Elliott Elementary in Holt, Michigan and Ph.D
student in the department of Teacher Education. While wearing the hat of
a teacher, she likes to integrate the use of technology with her fourth
grade curriculum using tools such as Hyper Studio and the Internet. She
is currently working with a group of students teaching them to develop
a webpage for their classroom. While wearing the hat of a graduate student,
Nicole is interested in studying how critical theory and critical pedagogy
can be implemented in elementary classrooms and using critical perspectives
to analyze the use and impact of technology in education.
has been a substitute teacher for many years, and is currently in her second
year of the Ed Psych Master's program. Her emphasis is on Instructional
|Meg Ropp is a
fourth-year Ph.D student in Educational Psychology with a special emphasis
in Cognition and Technology. Meg is currently working on her dissertation
which is an investigation of how the individual characteristics associated
with learning to use technology can be used as pedagogical tools in preservice
teacher education. Her other research interests include studying how people
and technology interact in informal contexts and how preservice and inservice
teachers learn to integrate technology into teaching subject matter. These
interests have grown out of Meg's Master's degree in Museum Studies and
her experiences as a K-12 art specialist. .
is a Ph.D. student in the Educational Psychology program studying Cognition
and Technology. His interests are how technology can support communities
of learning, how learning can come from participation in electronic discourse,
and how the Internet can be used for teacher professional development.
is a second-year doctoral student in educational psychology whose interests
lie in the effects telecommunications technology may have on established
written communications genres. Currently, she is conducting research on
teacher education students' reactions to the LETSNet site, as well as doctoral
students' reactions to the potential of hypertext as a medium of scholarly
is Director of the Comm Tech Lab, Virtual Reality and Hypermedia Coordinator
for Computing and Technology, and Associate Professor of Telecommunication
and Associate Curator of the MSU Museum. Heeter's approach to studying
interface design and new technologies is unusual in academia because a
significant component of her understanding of the potential of emerging
technologies derives from an ongoing commitment to learn through direct
experience by developing high quality real world products that incorporate
significant new technological developments. Heeter loves projects that
explore the "so what?" of emerging communication technologies.
|Bob Matson is a multimedia specialist for the MSU Computer Center.
|dr. Pericles Gomes
got his Ph.D. in the Educational Multimedia at MSU in 1996 - emphasis on
Usability Engineering in Educational Software. Currently he designs WEB
courses for the MSU Virtual University.
He is also an acomplished artist (cello, percussion, and visual arts)
|Kim York is a doctoral
student in the Department of Resource
Development and the current LETSNet project manager. Her interest and background
is in educational web design, environmental ed and little kids.
was the chief interface designer, programmer, and artist for the LETSNet
website. Matt recently received his M.A. in the Telecommunication department
at Michigan State University, with an emphasis in "Media Arts"
and has moved on to greener pastures
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