A technologist and an educator by training, I locate my work at the intersection of technology and education. An alumna of Harvard University (and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, and BITS Pilani, India), I am currently pursuing a PhD in "Learning Sciences and Technology Design" at Stanford U. I have worked with educational institutions such as Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Business School and several K-12 schools in India and the US. My current and recently concluded research/professional pursuits include-
* Researcher on an NSF funded project on "Learning in Informal and Formal Environments"
* Involved in a young online education venture
* Working with Google Labs, India, on their educational initiatives
* Creating a Web 2.0 platform for networking educators in India (educatorslog.in)
* Coaching on Harvard University's WIDE World online courses
* Designing curriculum for teacher education programs
* Conducting workshops on educational technologies
* Assisting school management & teachers with technology planning and effective integration
* Conducting digital storytelling and robotics workshops
With fresh inspiration from a course I just finished here at Stanford on "Casual Learning Technologies for the iPhone" in which we designed casual apps for kids and adults, I've authored a 2-part article for Smartbean. The first is a brief discussion of research on the power of learning through games (including Gee's principles on "good learning" with well-designed games) -… Continue
I recently authored this piece for the SmartBean magazine, and thought I'd share it here - Redefining “Success” to Raise Healthier, Happier Kids. I think it's an important message that needs to get out, so that everyone can work together to de-stress our middle and high schoolers - not just parents, but teachers, schools and communities as well.
With you interest in education technology, web apps including Google, and the independence you mainatain as an education technologist, I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform, both are web platforms which, I think, match your interest in web apps and platforms and excellent for online learning and collaboration. Also each have feature rich free basic service that seems to work for most people.