My family has a shared interest in education. Today I am interviewing my sister, Tara Mason, who is a doctoral student in special education at Texas Tech University. As part of her five year doctoral program, she is planning to minor in educational technology. Previously, Tara served as a special education teacher at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired as well as an English and art teacher at a small private school in Austin, TX. In addition to her doctoral studies, Tara currently observes and evaluates first year teachers in their K-12 public school classrooms all over Austin. Her primary areas of study are student learning, effective instruction, and incorporation of technology in the classroom.
The topic of educational technology is receiving a great deal of attention. For the sake of today‚Äôs discussion, we have decided to focus on three primary areas of concern with the understanding that there are many challenges related to the effective use of technology (to be discussed in another interview, perhaps!).¬† So to begin‚Ä¶