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Eileen O'Connor
RPI (The Center for Pre-College Initiatives); Program Evaluator for STEMTEC
E-mail: oconne2@rpi.edu

Earlier in my career, I had been involved directly in science (chemist during the 1970's) and technology (worked for IBM during the 1980's). During the 1990's, I returned to school to pursue a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology and Science Education, hoping to find more effective ways to bring technology to the aid of education, and most specifically science education. Since 1990, I have been involved in various science and education initiatives on both the college and K-12 level. Presently, I am teaching an Introduction to Technology in a Master's Program for Natural Science Teachers at RPI. In the fall, I will serve as the Assistant Director for the Center for Initiative in Pre-College Education, developing and pilot-testing online courses to help K12 science teachers use technology more effectively in the classroom. The research, communication, and student interest facilitated by the appropriate use of computer technology MUST see more effective and challenging use in our schools. As a nation we stand to gain tremendously from these fantastic, mentally-expanding machines. I am delighted to work on projects that find ways to promote and encourage technology integration. And, with the wonderful partnerships that can begin between college and K12 -- aided by technology communication -- we can only serve to better our national interest by furthering the technology conversation.


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