October 2012

Prof. Ian W. Gibson ,comes from a background in teaching, school based curriculum development, school leadership, and teacher education.


Professor Ian Gibson is a consultant to Imagine Education and a Professorial Fellow in Teacher Education at Liverpool Hope University. He is also Education Director for tara.Education, an NGO focusing upon teacher education, teacher quality, and cross cultural initiatives between India and Australia. From 2005-2012 he was the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation Professor and Chair in Education, responsible for the development of ‘Teachers For The Future’ at Macquarie University in Australia.  During this time he was also Associate Dean for Research and the President of the international Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education.

Prior to this he was Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at Wichita State University in The United States (1998-2005). From 1989 -1997 he was Associate Dean, Deputy Dean, and Acting Dean of the School of Education at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. Previous to these posts, he was Director of Educational and Management Support Systems and founding Director of the Educational Support Centre in a large school district (USD 260) in Derby, Kansas, USA. His early educational career began as a primary school teacher in state and alternative schools. His transition to higher education began at a College of Advanced Education in Sydney in 1977.

He is a multi-skilled academic teacher, researcher, and instructional designer; an experienced instructor with solid background in information and communication technologies and a variety of pedagogies; he has a proven track record in educational leadership, curriculum design, development and evaluation, and provides strong evidence of published scholarly work. His academic profile embraces teaching, staff development and training, programme and curriculum development, capacity building, and research and project management in both developed and developing countries.

He has lived and worked in Australia, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom, and has presented his research, managed projects, and been a member of a variety of delegations in Bangladesh, India, China, Russia, Mexico, Canada, a variety of countries of the European Union, Cyprus, Greece, New Zealand, Fiji, Malaysia, and Kiribati. His areas of expertise and experience are complemented by proficiency in E-learning/Networked Learning, Educational Technology (virtual learning environments), computer-mediated communication, human-computer interaction and computer/IT literacies and the means of incorporating these technology based learning tools into the professional practice, philosophies and pedagogies of teachers and the visioning and strategic planning of school leaders.




6 WBC Cris Richardson Children On The Autism Spectrum

by Steve Wyckoff on October 29, 2012

Cris has over 15 years of experience as a highly qualified educator and consultant both in the state of Virginia and Kansas. Cris has taught in many capacities K-12 specializing in reading, behavior management, learning disabilities, and autism. Cris is an Autism Specialist and for a number of years consulted for Autism Spectrum Disorder and Severe Multiple Disabilities for 15 school districts.

At ESSDACK, an educational service center in Kansas, Cris serves as an Autism Consultant, certified AIMSweb trainer, recognized MTSS facilitator, Common Core presenter, Special Ed. trainer and consultant.  Additionally, Cris provides trainings on Technology integration, Project-Based-Learning, and is an Implementation Coach for the Kansas Learning Network.

At Podstock and as part of her work at ESSDACK, Cris has presented numerous workshops and sessions helping teachers understand how to integrate iPad apps with special populations and for English Language Arts and  Literacy support. She has trained extensively locally and across the state.

Contact Cris at:

crisr@essdack.org (email)

cris.essdack.org (webpage)

@crissaracer (twitter)

(620) 694-7561

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4 WBC Glenn Wiebe Teaching Social Studies In The 21st Century

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3 WBC Jerry The Tech Guy And The Impact Of New Technologies In Education

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2 WBC Dr. Mark Malaby changing the MA, a perspective on higher education

October 2, 2012

Today’s Lineup  The Whole Child Blog – How Project-Based Learning Educates the Whole Child written by Thom Markham Thom Markham, a psychologist, educator, and president of GlobalRedesigns. His goal is to help young people gain the advanced skills and core knowledge necessary to prepare for the workforce, contribute to global progress, and work toward a sustainable future. He […]

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