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Wikis and Dialogical Classrooms with Dr. Bob Fecho

I invite you to take time to watch this insightful video with one of my favorite teachers of all time, Dr. Bob Fecho, of the University of Georgia.  The two courses I took with him, READ 8100 Inquiry Based Literacy and READ 8990, a seminar course on reader response/transactional theories of reading, in 2002-2003 were life changing for me professionally and personally.  I’m excited to read his new book, Teaching for the Students: Habits of Heart, Mind, and Practice in the Engaged Classroom!  I find that my roots in Language and Literacy education continue to inform my work as I am dwelling in the questions related to digital composition and reading and how that intersects with my interest in participatory literacy.  If you enjoy this video, then you may also want to consider reading Fecho’s book Writing in the Dialogical Classroom: Students and Teachers Responding to the Texts of Their Lives.

University of Georgia Job Announcement

from my alma mater, the University of Georgia!

The University of Georgia
Department of Educational Psychology & Instructional Technology
Learning, Design, and Technology Program

http://www.coe.uga.edu/epit/ldt

The Learning, Design and Technology (LDT) program in the Department of Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia is pleased to announce the position of Assistant Professor (9-month, tenure track). The LDT program Department seeks an energetic individual who has an established scholarly agenda in educational technology, learning sciences, and/or information science to begin as soonas January, 2010.

Requirements:

*An earned doctorate (by time of appointment) in a field related to educational technology, learning sciences or information science;

*An established or a clearly emerging record of scholarship.

The preferred qualifications of applicants for this position include:

*Experience and leadership in using technology in K-12 education contexts or experience and leadership in school library media;

*Experience teaching with emerging online learning technologies;

*Experience teaching at the graduate level;

*A research agenda in one or more of these areas: K-12 information services and resource management, games and simulations for learning, information organization, technology planning, social constructivist theories applied with technology, taxonomies (including folksonomies, Dublin Core, etc.), digital libraries, and information literacy.

The teaching responsibilities of this position will primarily be at the graduate level.  LDT students aspire to be college professors, school librarymedia specialists, K-12 technology leaders, instructional designers, or multimedia developers. These audiences are reached through online courses, face-to-face courses at the main campus in Athens, and face-to-face courses at our new Gwinnett Campus (http://www.uga.edu/gwinnett/). Face-to-face teaching includes traditional models and studio models (see http://ldtstudio.coe.uga.edu/). The candidate will be expected to advise doctoral, specialist and masters students; maintain a strong research agenda as evidenced by refereed publications; and successfully seek external funding.

Send letter of application, vita, and contact information for three references to Dr. Lloyd Rieber, LDT Search Committee Chair, 604 Aderhold Hall, The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 30602-7144; 706-542-4110; email: lrieber@uga.edu.

Application should concisely document experience andresearch interests. All application materials received by October 16, 2009 are assured full consideration. Preferred starting date is January, 2010.

Availability of this position is contingent on funding. UGA is an AA/EEO institution. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

For more information, please contact the search committee chair.

The Unquiet Librarian Meets Peter Sis!

I will be posting more info and details later, but here I am with author and illustrator Peter Sis at the 40th Annual Conference on Children’s Literature at my alma mater, the University of Georgia!

Buffy Hamilton and Peter Sis

Buffy Hamilton and Peter Sis

Shout Out: Dr. Mary Ann Fitzgerald Wins Outstanding Teacher Award!

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Current and former students of the University of Georgia School Library Media program learned exciting news on Friday:  Dr. Mary Ann Fitzgerald, Associate Professor of Instructional Technology, has won the distinguished College of Education Award for Most Outstanding Teacher!

I think anyone who has had the honor of being a student of Mary Ann will agree that this award is *most* deserving!  I was fortunate enough to have Mary Ann as my advisor and to be her teaching assistant at UGA for a semester in addition to taking several classes with her.  When I think of people who have been “most influential” in my philosophy as a teacher and librarian, MAF is at the top of my list!  She has been instrumental to my development and growth as a teacher-librarian; I am so grateful that I was fortunate enough to be her student at UGA.  She sets the standard both as a model teacher and an individual.

I would like to extend my sincerest congratulations to Mary Ann!  :-)