MergingArts' Conversations
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December 2008
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Christopher Dawson - Athol-Royalston Director of Technology/Education ZDNet
Christopher Dawson grew up in Seattle, back in the days of pre-antitrust Microsoft, coffeeshops owned by something other than Starbucks, and really loud, inarticulate music.

He received a degree in Information Systems from Johns Hopkins University and began a career in health and educational information systems, with a focus on clinical trials and related statistical programming and database modeling.
Christopher Dawson is currently the technology director for the Athol-Royalston, MA school district and often spends his days in a host of computing and IT issues common to most small businesses, educators, and non-profits. He also is an avid blog for the Education blog on ZDNet at

In our discussion, we talked about a variety of existing developing social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook, and Ning, and their impact on education, integrated devices and the impact of messaging in a school environment, software purchasing decisions at schools, and effect and use of social networking and Web 2.0 tools on younger children in the K-5 market.

Direct download: ChristopherDawson.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Nancy McCoy-Wozniak - Learning Architect at Stony Brook University and the Wizard of Woz
Nancy McCoy-Wozniak became Stony Brook University's first Learning Architect in The Faculty Center where she consults with faculty on the planning and design of courses and effective course management methods.   She received her Masters of Arts in Education, specializing in Instructional Technology from the University of Akron.  She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Hiram College and studied television production and communication at Lorain County Community College.

Nancy has worked as an instructional designer, educational technologist and online learning coordinator for over 10 years, and has been dubbed the Wizard of Woz at her previous academic positions.  She has taught online and traditional courses in computer applications, multimedia design, communication, and business. Currently, Nancy is documenting future technology trends and challenges in Distance Learning and the pedagogy of Web 2.0 and 3.0 technologies in the classroom.

Nancy has shared her experience and stories with us from her work as a Learning Architect.  She discusses her work and research on blending Web 2.0 tools into a traditional, distance, and blended settings through use of applications and devices called clickers.  She also touches upon the issues of having to follow school system standards, the uses and struggles to promote social networking communities like Facebook to creatively connect to students of all ages for lifelong learning.

Direct download: NancyWozniak.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT