Presentation Gallery
Below is a list of selected presentations with respect to e-learning, instructional design, evaluation, and web-based learning initiatives. You will need Microsoft PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the presentations in their native format. Flash and QuickTime will also be needed to view multimedia components. The presentations appear with the most recent at the beginning of the page.

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Digital Resources to Support Science Instruction
National Association for Research in Science Teaching, National Conference Symposium, Indianapolis, Indiana, March, 2012.

Symposium shared examples of various digital media and their support of learning, of which NSTA's SciPacks and their efficacy where highlighted.

Panel speakers and discussant:

  • Al Byers, National Science Teachers Association
  • Chad Dorsey and Frieda Reichsman, Concord Consortium
  • Lauren Goldenberg and Alice Anderson, Education Development Center, Inc.
  • Catherine Milne and Ruth Schwartz, NYU
  • Mariane Pasquale and Alice Anderson, Education Development Center, Inc.
  • Mimi Recker, Utah State University (NSDL)
  • Discussant: Eric Wiebe, NC State University
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Blending Onsite and Online Professional Development: Applying the Research for Effective and Scalable Learning Communities
National Science Education Leadership Association, Professional Development Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana, March, 2012.

Share a summary of selected literature on blended professional development research highlighting strategies and suggestions for success in creating an on-going and coherent year-long learning experience for teachers. Two district science specialist also shared case studies of their iterative models.

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Research Insights into Online Communities of Practice and Teacher Learning Online: The NSTA Learning Center
National Science Teachers Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, March, 2012.

Shared five past and current research studies that document the efficacy of NSTA's e-learning efforts for teachers of science and a new study exploring our communities of practice as part of the US Department of Education Connected project.

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The NSTA Learning Center: A Tool to Develop Preservice Teachers
National Science Teachers Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, March, 2012.

Shared overview and examples with three other university professors on how NSTA's e-Learning portal was being used to support the learning of preservice teachers, both in subject matter and pedagogical content knowledge.

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Online Communities of Practice: What Works?
Florida Education Technology Conference, Orlando, Florida, January, 2012.

Invited panelist. Shared NSTA's perspective along with Melinda George from NCTAF, Allisyn Levy from BrainPOP, and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach from Powerful Learning Practice. Panel addressed areas such as what "community of practice" means, salient characteristics of an online CoP, what are attributes of a healthy online community, common pitfalls and challenges they face, an understanding of the roles different people play in sustaining a healthy community, and the different types of products that may be produced.

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Improving Educator Effectiveness - Teachers as Co-Learners
State Educational Technology Directors Association Leadership Summit, Washington, DC, November, 2011.

Invited panelist. Shared NSTA's perspective on teacher effectiveness. Discussed challenges facing teachers in science education and how to help improve their competence and confidence in the science subjects they teach. Discussed role in school improvement and how PD and Professional Learning Communities are a part of a school's improvement plan.

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Immersive Environments for Science Education: Hyper-learning or Over Hyped Learning
ISTE National Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June, 2011.

Panel discussion with Dr. Lisa Dawley, Boise State University, Dr. Chris Dede, Harvard University, and Dr. Greg Jones, University of North Texas discussing current issues, research, and projects related to games, simulations, virtual environments, and visual interfaces for teaching and learning in science education.

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Online Professional Development: Applying What the Research Says for Effective Scalable and Sustainable Learning Communities.
35th Annual SECME Summer Institute (Diversity in STEM Education). University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, June, 2011.

Sponsored plenary speaker. Shared research supporting need for online component of PD to extend and enhance local face-to-face efforts and presented one model for blending online advisor support and self-directed and simulation-based resources for teacher learning.

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Online Professional Development: Applying What the Research Says for Effective Learning.
Next Step Institute-Navigating the Landscape of STEM Conference, Dover, Delaware
May 2011

Invited speaker. Shared research supporting need for online component of PD to extend and enhance local face-to-face efforts and presented one model for blending online advisor support and self-directed and simulation-based resources for teacher learning.

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Online Professional Development: Research on Teacher Perceptions, Learning Preferences, and Learning Outcomes for Self-directed NSTA Web Courses.
National Science Teachers Association, National Conference, San Francisco, California.
March, 2011

Provided overview of the NSTA Learning Center and in-depth findings from three separate studies regarding our e-PD efforts. Co-presented with Dr. Greg Sherman from Radford University, and Dr. Kristine Chadwick from Edvantia, Inc.

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National Science Teachers Association, National Conference, Research Development Conference, San Francisco, California.
March, 2011

Provided overview of the NSTA Learning Center, hands-on access to its resources, and presented findings from three separate studies on our e-PD impact and efficacy. Co-presented with Dr. Greg Sherman, Dr. Kristine Chadwick, and Mr. Flavio Mendez.
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The NSTA Learning Center: A Tool to Develop Preservice Teachers.
National Science Teachers Association, National Conference, San Francisco, California.
March, 2011

Shared an overview of the Learning Center and a forthcoming online wizard to assist professors in creating customized e-textbooks using NSTA Learning Center resources for their preservice teachers (800 e-book chapters, 3,000 journal articles, 80 interactive science object simulation-based web modules, hundreds of video-enhanced podcasts). Invited Dr. Greg Sherman from Radford University, and Dr. Mike Odell and Dr. Bambi Bailey, from the University of Texas to provide two authentic case examples of practice.

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Developing Online Learning Communities at Scale
NSF-sponsored STEM Summit, Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia.
February, 2011

Invited speaker to discuss how NSTA is able to build effective communities and e-PD learning opportunities for STEM educators.

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Developing Sustainable Online Learning Communities at Scale to Accommodate Diverse Learning Preferences and Needs
NSF National Science Digital Library Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, November, 2010

Discuss NSTA's efforts to date regarding our sustainable e-PD portal that was originally funded as part of an NSF NSDL grant that created the back-end architecture, online cataloging tool, and metadata schema by which NSTA still tags its resources across our organization.

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Building Scalable and Sustainable Learning Centers
Always Learning Web Seminar Series with host Bryan Chapman.
July, 2010

Invited speaker for "Always Learning" series to discuss how NSTA is able to build effective and efficient self-directed interactive learning opportunities for over 65,000 adult learners with limited resources.

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The NSTA Learning Center: Scalable and Sustainable e-Professional Development
2010 International Society for Technology in Education National Conference
Denver, Colorado
June, 2010

Invited speaker and designer of science education e-professional development conference strand. Discussed current research calling for online PD systems that may enhance face-to-face professional development. Shared NSTA Learning Center overview and research findings from two completed third party evaluation studies and one currently in progress. Teachers are making significant gains in learning and self-efficacy, and one study using a two pretest/posttest delayed treatment-control group design found significantly increased gain scores from students whose teachers who were in treatment group completing SciPacks.

See: Online Professional Development Strand at ISTE

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On-Demand Self-directed Electronic Professional Development that reaches Scale and Sustainability
Hewlett Open Educational Resources Annual Meeting
Cambridge, Massachusetts (Yale University)
April, 2010

Accepted Poster Session. Discussed growth and research findings for the NSTA Learning Center. Invited as Hewlett Grant Awardees.

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The NSTA Learning Center: Supporting NSTA Regional District Directors and State Science Teacher Association Chapters
2008 National Congress on Science Education (NCSE)
Indianapolis, Indiana
July 11, 2008

Invited speaker. Presented the NSTA Learning Center and how its e-PD resources and tools could aid District Directors and State Science Teachers Associations in their PD efforts. Over 800 of the e-PD resources and opportunities via the NSTA Learning Center and all of its tools are free. Discussion focused on how this unique national asset may aid in their states efforts.

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The NSTA Learning Center: Meeting the Needs of Teachers in Texas
Fourteenth Annual Meeting of the Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Math and Science
Austin, Texas
July 11, 2008

Invited sponsored speaker. Presented the NSTA Learning Center and how its e-PD resources and tools might assist the TRC's in their professional development efforts. The TRC's provide PD to 900 of the 1,037 school districts in Texas and two TRC's (the University of Texas at Tyler, and Texas A&M University in Texasarkana, TX) are already using the Learning Center Resources, SciPacks, and the accountability tools to aid if their efforts.

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The NSTA Learning Center: Addressing STEM Digital Equity
2008 Digital Equity Summit, National Education Computing Conference.
San Antonio, Texas

July 1, 2008

Invited sponsored expert panelist for the ISTE 2008 Digital Equity Summit. Discussed how NSTA is addressing equity access to online PD in STEM via the NSTA Learning Center. Panelist and Keynote discussed defining the global digital divide and how Information and Communications Technology (ICT) tools and Open Educational Resources may address this critical need. See overview of Summit.

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Impacting Business Through E-learning Initiatives: Extra Space Storage and National Science Teachers Association
E-Learning Summit, 2008. Web Seminar Presentation.
May 8, 2008

Invited guest speaker for the first annual virtual ELEARNING 2008 Summit . Discussed how NSTA utilizes the NSTA Learning Center to achieve scalable and sustainable e-Professional Development as a 2007 Bersin & Associate Learning Leader. If you would like to view the the web seminar, go to the ELEARN virtual summit session hosted by UnisFair, create an account as a new user and you'll be able to view an archive of the presentation.

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E-Professional Development: Science Objects, SciPacks, and The NSTA Learning Center
Education to Achieve 21st Competencies and Skills for All: Respecting the Past to Move Toward the Future Symposium, Xi'an, China
January 15-17, 2008
Invited sponsored guest speaker by the United States Department of Education. The goal of the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Symposium is to prepare the content and an agenda for the 4th APEC Education Ministerial Meeting (AEMM) to be held in Lima, Peru, in June 2008. Presented NSTA's e-portal and its on-demand resources to support scalable and sustainable professional development. Addressed delegates and representatives from the ministries of education from 22 countries. The NSTA Learning Center was proposed as one potential model to consider for the Ministerial meeting in Peru.

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The NSTA Learning Center & SciPacks: High Quality Online Professional Development
NSTA Area Conferences
Denver, Colorado, November, 2007
Birmingham, Alabama, December, 2007
Presentation discusses 9 million dollar initiative I oversee that will be NSTA's national "homebase" for electronic online professional development (e-PD). SciPacks and other on-demand e-PD products are presented. Award winning portal at time of presentation featured over 2,400 various resources and opportunities from self-paced learning objects (called Science Objects), interactive online modules with certification opportunities called SciPacks, as well as traditional online short courses, e-books, web seminars, and journal articles.

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SciGuides: Bring the Internet Into Your Classroom
NSTA Area Conferences
Denver, Colorado, November, 2007
Birmingham, Alabama, December, 2007
Presentation discusses 1.3 million dollar NSF-funded project I directed for NSTA that is now self-sustaining program. Award winning resource facilitates effective integration of the Internet into the classroom. Web resources are pre-evaluated against eight 3-level analytical rubrics, such as inquiry, interactivity, communication & collaboration, and bundled into packages called SciGuides. Customized lesson plans, samples of student work and media vignettes assist the educator in implemented the resources into the classroom.

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Training Trainers and Networking Networks: Approaches to Strategic Partnerships
National Science Foundation
National Science Digital Library Annual Meeting
Arlington, Virginia, November 7, 2007
Invited panel discussant by NSF's National Science Digital Library. This session provides an overview of NSDL's recent strategic partnership development activities including discussion of the value propositions for different partnership models. Attached PDF presented PowerPoint slides and notes on essential features of partnerships from my vantage point of Assistant Executive Director of our Government Partnerships at NSTA. Notes provides examples of various partnerships and highlights the partnership with the NSF National Science Digital Library.

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Scalable e-Professional Development: The NSTA Learning Center
New Hampshire State Department of Education: Science Leaders Forum
Concord, New Hampshire, September 26, 2007
Invited presenter to address science leaders, department of education and mathematics and science partnership leaders within the state. Presented overview of the PD landscape and The NSTA Learning Center's e-PD resources. I concluded with a discussion how the NSTA Learning Center is meeting the needs for high quality professional development with its resources and suite of tools based on what is called for from the US Department of Education and the recent NRC workshop regarding online teacher professional development.

Scalable e-Professional Development: The NSTA Learning Center
Leadership Conference on Aviation and Space Education
Arlington, Virginia, September 15, 2007
Invited speaker to address leaders in Aviation and Aerospace industry interested in STEM education. Presented an overview of the PD landscape based on recent research percentages and The NSTA Learning Center's e-PD resources, e.g., Science Objects, SciGuides, SciPacks, Web Seminars, e-Journals, e-Chapters, and e-Books. I concluded with how we partner with NASA in co-development and dissemination of these resources in a model that addresses scale and sustainability on a national level.

NSTA Professional Development Opportunities
NASA NES Sustainability Conference
Huntsville, Alabama, August 1, 2007
Invited panel speaker to address national teams of educators selected for NASA Explorer Schools program. Goal was to increase awareness of the professional development tools, resources and opportunities available to from the national organizations. I briefly discussed our Science Program Improvement Review, our face-to-face national conference opportunities such as Symposia, and the NSTA Learning Center's e-PD resources and opportunities.


NSTA: Mapping PD Resources to your
System's Strategic Plan
General Electric College Bound District Program,
Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida, July 19, 2007
Invited speaker. I was one of five NSTA senior team members that presented two 2- hour sessions at this conference to the school districts participating in the GE Foundation College Bound program supporting in local reform efforts. Wendy Binder lead a mapping exercise to review district PD needs as mapped to five strategic areas and then Rowena Douglas and I discussed the PD resources and opportunities available from NSTA, both face-to-face and electronic. Frank Owens, Associate Executive Director of Professional Programs, moderated the session.


NSTA Web Seminars: Live Interactive
Learning @ Your Desktop
National Education Computing Conference,
Atlanta, Georgia, June 27, 2007
Presentation discussed NSTA synchronous web seminars for e-professional development in cooperation with our mission-based government partners using Elluminate software, e.g., NASA, NOAA, FDA, & NSF. Presentation demonstrated various features of the technology, including archiving with interactive playback of embedded Flash-based simulations, as well as participant feedback data collected at the end of every web seminar. Presentation ends with ideas for expanded and in-depth uses of the synchronous technology for NSTA's mission.


Turning Ideas Into Reality: Science Objects, SciPacks and The NSTA Learning Center
US Department of Education, Mathematics and Science Partnership Program

  • Regional Conference, Phoenix, Arizona,
    January 8, 2007
  • Regional Conference, Dallas, Texas,
    February, 6, 2007

Invited featured plenary speaker by the US Department of Education. Also lead concurrent small group break-out session. Break-out provided an in-depth overview of two our of e-PD products (Science Objects and SciPacks), our research findings from initial three district SciPack pilot, and an overview of The NSTA Learning Center. The PowerPoint and the Conference Agenda are provided (MSP_Conf_Agenda.doc). During the break-out session, I demonstrated and discussed the tools we are developing for The Learning Center, and sought feedback on tool features. This PowerPoint (MSP_Breakout_1.8.07.ppt-6.9 MB) and small group worksheet (small_group_handout.doc) are also provided. A similar presentation and working group was done for the Dallas, Texas US Math-Science conference as well.


Panel Discussant: e-Professional Development
The 21st Century Literacies Impact Conference,
Berkeley, California, February, 2, 2007
Invited panel speaker for conference. Panel Discussants: Linda Unger, Mark Bockenhauer, Lydotta Taylor, and myself. Role is to examine the 21st Century Skills as outlined by the Core Subjects, Learning and Thinking Skills, and how this plays into Information and Communication Technology. An overview of the 21st Century Skills initiative available in more depth at: I set the stage for the panel discussion by playing a piece of a 7-minute flash multimedia piece that describes our science objects, SciPacks and The NSTA Learning Center, available at: Shared positive and significant quantitative and qualitative district pilot results prior to fielding questions on panel.


NSTA SciPacks, On-Demand Professional Development
West Virginia Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Huntington, West Virginia, October 2006
Invited keynote speaker by the West Virginia State Department of Education. This presentation discusses partnership between the department and NSTA. NSTA is providing an effective and customized use of SciPacks and the NSTA e-PD resources with selected teachers within the state of West Virginia. Pre and Post Tests as well as teacher participant feedback surveys, and focus groups are ensuring this is a rigorous and relevant program for the audiences it intends to serve. An evaluation report also provides insight into our progress for phase I deployment.


Science Objects and The NSTA Learning Center
Teacher to Teacher Initiative, Summer Workshops, U.S. Department of Education, Cisco Campus, Research Triangle Park, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, August, 2006
Invited workshop presenter by the United States Department of Education. This presentation was customized for a set of teachers and science department chairs as part of a summer professional development experience offered by the U.S. Department of Education called the Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative. These summer workshops are hosted throughout the United States. A detailed report of the participant feedback surveys administered by the US Department of Education is provided along with with my synopsis of the workshop and a copy of the workshop session agenda (teacher-to-teacher_report.doc). This workshop focused on Science Objects and how they provide a "just-in-time," just-enough," "just-for-me," professional development supplement for teachers to increase their understanding of the science content they teach.

NOTE: Flash simulations within PowerPoint are interactive if you select the embedded screen snapshot link. Press the Back button on your browser to return to the PowerPoint from the simulation.


NSTA SciPacks, Scalable e-Professional Development
Hands-On Computer Workshop
GE Foundation College Bound District Program Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida, July 2006
Invited featured speaker. Planned with SciPack production team and assistance of Steve Rapp, Executive SciPack Producer; Joan Scheppke, Senior SciPack Producer; and Susan Young, Course Developer. We delivered two 3-hour hands-on workshops for conference attendees. The GE Foundation was interested in partnering with NSTA and our SciPack initiative and wanted to learn what their district leaders thought about the program. We utilized 30 computer laptops and with wireless Internet connectivity, and allowed district leaders to review and discuss the content. A series of materials and presentations, handouts, etc., were developed for this workshop, as well as an agenda to guide the hands-on experience. GE received positive feedback, and as such, after a formal submission and peer-review process, awarded NSTA a large grant to support the NSTA Learning Center and our e-Learning professional development efforts.


A Scalable Portal for e-Professional Development
What's Happening in Science, Southwestern Education Alliance, Regional NSF Sponsored Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, September 2005
Invited keynote speaker for this conference to share our e-Professional Development (e-PD) offerings. This presentation highlights Science Objects & SciPacks, Symposia, Web Seminars, and SciGuides. The presentation is a high level guided tour of our e-PD resources and opportunities for the 700 in attendance. During this conference I secured one of our three SciPack district pilots. My team and I worked with Mrs. Judy McDonald, the Middle Level Specialist for the Charlotte, Mecklenburg Public Schools in the planning and execution of this pilot. The findings from our district pilots are summarized in this executive summary report (SciPack_districtpilots_overview_9.06.06.doc).

NOTE: Flash simulations within PowerPoint are interactive if you select the embedded screen snapshot link. Press the Back button on your browser to return to the PowerPoint from the simulation.


NSTA: The Future of Technology in light of NCLB and the National Science Education Standards
Texas Instruments Strategic Planning Retreat,
Dallas, Texas, December, 2004
Invited featured speaker by Texas Instruments. TI was very interested in a wealth of unique questions to support their strategic long range planning and future development with respect to their hardware as it related to computer-based laboratories (probeware). Questions they were interested in learning NSTA's position on were sent in advance.


NSTA: New Directions to Scale Professional
Development on a National Level
NASA Professional Development Conference, Washington, DC, September, 2004
Invited featured speaker. NASA holds one major professional development conference for its education staff comprised of the following:

  • Aerospace Education Services Program specialists,
  • Educator Resource Center education managers,
  • NASA Explorer Schools Site Coordinators,
  • NASA's Distance Learning Network specialists
  • NASA Center Education Program Pre-College Program Managers.

This presentation in 2004 showcases the early vision of our national e-Professional Development Portal in our efforts to address scalable professional development that is sustainable on a national level providing just-in-time, just-enough and just-for-me Professional Development.


Establishing a Scalable Professional Development e-System for Teachers of Science
United States Department of Education,Technology Leadership Summit, Orlando, Florida, July 2004
Invited panel discussant by the US Department of Education to discuss the convergence between effective e-learning, assessment and student achievement. Brief presentation as part of the panel discussed e-system for professional development for K-12 science educators (Learning Management System with e-portfolio, personal self-assessment).
US Department of Education reference:


Snowflake Identification and Classification
NASA History of Winter Webseminar,
Lake Placid, New York, February 2004
This PowerPoint was created as a guide for a synchronous e-classroom webseminar between NASA Scientists, NASAS Explorer School educators, and their classrooms on the topic of snowflake classification and identification. The learning goal was for students to interact with their teacher "on location" and learn that the two largest factors affecting snowflake formation (size and type) are the temperature at which the snowflake forms and the amount of moisture in the air. An archived QuickTime video snippet of this experience is also available, as well as a final evaluation report I generated for NASA. I served as the lead instructional designer, the show's producer, and the live "on-air" moderator during the program itself.

Learning Content Management Systems and Assessment: Just-in-time Learning that Works.
PEER-REVIEWED, ONLINE K-12 SCIENCE EDUCATION WORKSHOP, US—INDIA SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FORUM. National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur, India. 2003
Invited sponsored speaker. Mr. Byers represented NSTA and national science education as he shared this information to the India Ministry of Education and higher education institutions in India. The presentation discussed e-Learning Science Content Modules and Science Guides, as well as successful e-learning strategies, learning communities, metatagging and the difference between Learning Management Systems and Learning Content Management Systems. The invitation was in response to a request to assist India in how to effectively utilize distance-based learning approaches for their large uneducated population.

Partnerships for Change: Are we really better together than alone?
Panel discussant focused on leveraging effective partnerships between higher education and non-profit institutions with respect to a national e-learning initiative. I presented with Dr. Kim Obbink, Director of the BTC at Montana State University, and Dr. Gerald Wheeler, Executive Director of NSTA.
Conference archive available online at:


Webwatcher Science Guides
NSTA National Conventions

  • San Diego, CA, 2002
  • Philadelphia, PA, 2003
  • Atlanta, GA, 2004

Presentations discussed National Science Foundation sponsored program that developed a customized content management system allowing distributed web-review and evaluation of web-accessible resources for science teachers. I was fortunate to be hired by NSTA as Program Director of this 1.3 million dollar NSF grant.

Additional National Conference Presentations in Science and Mathematics Education:
While teaching physical science at Robious Middle School in Chesterfield, Virginia, I was selected to give a session on the benefits of digital probeware (my masters thesis) for an NSTA National Conference back in 1995. Then when moving to NASA as an Aerospace Education Specialist for the Goddard Space Flight Center, I provided numerous presentations at many national conferences at:

  • National Science Teachers Association Annual Conference
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference
  • State Science Teacher Association Conferences
  • Extended summer professional development workshops in the northeastern United States.

Hands-on topics for these opportunities ranged across physical, life and earth & space science, showcasing NASA's support curriculum resources.


Creating Virtual Labs to Teach Middle School Astronomy Principles: The NASA Connect Education Program Series.
WebNet 2001, World Conference on the WWW and Internet, Orlando, Florida, October, 2001
Presentation provides an example of an authoring tool (Macromedia Director) used to create an interactive education web environment, and demonstrates how we incorporated instructional design methods when working with a distributed team at NASA and several universities. Two QuickTime movies are available to review for an overview of the NASA Connect education program:


Expert Review at a Distance: A Hybrid Approach
Ed-Media 2000, World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and & Telecommunications, Montreal, Quebec, June, 2000

Presentation discusses a distributed collaborative model of evaluation for an online module for a master's course in instructional technology at Virginia Tech. The paper is available for review, as well as the expert review I completed evaluating the module. The module is evaluated against the following criteria: instructional components & conditions, learning context and objectives, message display, navigation, and overall web & message design.


Interaction the Key to Successful Distance Learning
Ed-Media 2000, World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and & Telecommunications, Montreal, Quebec, June, 2000
Presentation discusses various types of interaction available via the Internet during its formative years and provides examples from literature on different types of interactive strategies to consider. Examples from NASA education that incorporate different types of interaction are shared. It was the 11th International Conference by the Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education in Montreal, Quebec, June 26-July, 1, 2000. Select the PDF icon above for the presentation, or the Accepted Proceedings Paper is also available for review.


Chapter 26: Visual Message Design and Learning: The Role of Static and Dynamic Illustrations
Association for Educational Communications and Technology Literature Review Presentation
The purpose of the graduate course presentation was to review an assigned chapter from the Anthology: Handbook of Research for Educational Communication and Technology. Edited by David H. Jonassen, this anthology was created by the Association for Education Communications and Technology.

Linked within the presentation are examples of both still and animated illustrations, with questions for each illustration. The intent is to provide authentic examples supporting the research cited. All illustrations were taken from the public domain of the NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute. What becomes obvious is that animation and video can increase learning when the media is used to convey the passage of time or motion, and the attributes of the animation, such as freeze frame, zoom, and slow motion are exploited to accentuate visualizations aligned with the learning outcome desired.

NOTE: QuickTime movies within PowerPoint will playback within the browser if you select the embedded screen snapshot link. Press the Back button on your browser to return to the PowerPoint from the movie once completed. If you desire, the links to the movies are available here as well:

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  3. Orion Nebula (QuickTime 5.3 MB)


Evaluating Teachers’ Perceptions of Technology use in the K-8 classroom
Eastern Educational Research Association,
Tampa, Florida, 2000
This presentation shares the analysis of a NASA Langley Education program called NASA Connect. This analysis was part of my graduate statistical coursework using SPSS software. NASA Langley produced the NASA Connect program and shared the raw participant feedback survey data for statistical analysis. The presentation provides two QuickTime videos of digitized samples from the program. We created several publications based off of this research as well. An analysis paper (PDF) accompanied our presentation.

 Building statewide k-16 partnerships: A look at the Connecticut NASA Education Collaborative.
Ed-Media 1999, World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and & Telecommunications, Seattle, Washington, June, 1999
This presentation was accepted while I was in graduate school taking Ph.D. level courses in instructional technology form Virginia Tech. It discusses the model to forge a state-wide educational collaborative in cooperation with the Connecticut State Department of Education and NASA. The goal is to leverage all the educational resources and assets NASA could provide to assist the department of education in its state-based standards efforts in STEM-related areas. It was the 11th International Conference hosted by the Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education ( in Seattle, Washington, June 19-24, 1999.