Instructors

Dennis Funk - Developer

Background

I spent 34 years working with Fresno Unified School District, 12 of those in a 6th grade classroom. In 1980 I started working with computers and spent 14 years as Computer Coordinator, working in the Curriculum Department trying to help teachers use technology to improve learning. I have a BA in History and in Political Science and hold a Master's Degree in School Administration.

I am now retired and live in Medford, Oregon. I continue to push for school reform and consider myself rather revolutionary in that I think we should abolish grade levels, 9 month school years, standardized testing, school boards, and more - I think we need to start over from scratch!

General Comment

I was born in 1945, the very same year the first electronic computer was introduced (The Eniac). So, my lifeline represents the timeline for computer development and I must say, I have seen some pretty awesome things. I grew up with Dick Tracy and Buck Rogers and built rockets and blew things up. I watched as Neil Armstrong stepped out onto the moon turning one of my childhood fantasies into reality. We now have wrist watch communicators, smart phones, wi-fi, satellite TV, and the future looks exciting. I bought my first computer in 1977, a Commodore Pet ($1,200) with 4KB of RAM memory. I now own 4 computers with memory measured in Gigabytes. I have a smart phone with GPS, camera, messaging, video conferencing, UPC scanning, and so much more. I have seen a lot in my years on this earth. What a trip it has been.

Dr. Richard Swan - TEC 921 Excel

Background

My educational background is varied - from classical economics to political philosophy to emerging technologies. I hold the following degrees: B.A., MBA, M.A., and a Ph.D. Additionally, I have 30 years of teaching experience. Last, but not least, I have written several articles dealing with technology. My hope is to share my thirty yearss of classroom technology experience with other teachers so they will be better prepared to use technology in the classroom.

General Comment

There is an old saying, "He who enlists a man's mind wields a power even greater than the sword or the scepter." The stakes for educating our children has risen exponentially and so has the need for emerging technologies. Today's teachers can achieve great benefits when they are actively involved in expanding student's minds by using new technologies.

Andrew Funk - TEC 920 Word

 

Background

I grew up in a family of educators. In fact, my father, Dennis Funk, who wrote this course, was my sixth grade teacher. Upon graduation from Immanuel High School in Reedley, California, I entered University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). After graduating from UCLA with a BA, I spent one year at New England Conservator of Music in Boston, and then on the Juilliard School of Music in New York where I earned a Master's Degree. I am in the final months of finishing my Doctoral work at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. I live in Evanston, Illinois, just north of Chicago with my wife Amy, and my 11 year old daughter, Madeline.

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