Boise State University EDTech


Dr. Kerry Rice wins Fulbright Scholarship

Kerry Rice, interim chair of the Department of Educational Technology, has been selected for a Fulbright award to Poland. She will travel to Toruń in September to work with the Department of Didactics and Media in Education, Faculty of Pedagogy, at Nicolaus Copernicus University. Over five months, Rice will help education faculty design curriculum that incorporates emergent technologies into teacher education, conduct workshops for faculty and prospective teachers on how to teach online, and assist faculty in writing for publication in international and American research journals. Dr. Rice

3D Game Lab Wins Stage 3 of Digital Media Learning Competition

EdTech's MacArthur Foundation Badges project with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration won stage 3 of the Digital Media Learning competition. EdTech's 3D GameLab, which will be applied to science education, was one of 30 funded projects out of 500 applicants. The funding amount is $150,000. Competition Winners Announced.


Sean Ellenberger Scholarship Winner Announced

Gretel Patch

MET student Gretel Patch has been awarded the 2011-2012 Sean Ellenberger Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $3,132.00. As part of the English Access Microscholarship Program, Gretel's volunteer work teaching technology literacy and skills to underprivileged teens in Nepal is impressive. Her passion and practice for reaching out to those students and giving back to the global community exemplifies the type of outreach these scholarship funds were intended to support. For more information about Gretel's work, see her blog at: Gretel's Blog; ACCESS Program.


EdTech Visiting Scholar

Dr. Jaeyeob Jung of South Korea has joined EdTech as a visiting scholar. Dr. Jung has taught at elementary schools for 15 years and he has also worked seven years as an adjunct professor at Korea National University of Education. He worked as a visiting scholar at University of North Texas in 2008. His specialty is in instructional game making.

Accepting Teacher Applicants for the Idaho K-12 Online Teaching Endorsement

The Department of Educational Technology became a state approved K-12 Online Teaching Endorsement program provider in 2011. We are pleased to announce that we are accepting teacher applicants for the Idaho K-12 Online Teaching Endorsement for spring 2012 completion. However, at this time we are only accepting those teacher candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • have been admitted into the Ed Tech graduate programs and are taking courses or have finished taking courses from EdTech;
  • are Idaho certified teachers; and
  • have at least one year of online teaching experience in a K-12 setting.

All other applicants may be eligible for completion in Fall 2012. Stay tuned for further announcements. For more information, visit: K-12 Online Teaaching Endoresement webpage or contact Dr. Dazhi Yang, program coordinator.


Student Spotlight

Deborah Schepp

MET student Deborah Schepp invited to speak at technology conference

Deborah Schepp has been teaching high school English in Palm Beach County, Florida, since 2001 and began teaching online for Palm Beach Virtual School, a full time 6-12 grade public school, in 2008. As a virtual teacher, she spends a great deal of time searching for the best online educational tools. For the past three years, she has presented at Palm Beach School District's Technology Conference on the topic of the best technology tools for teachers. Each year, she includes what she believes to be the ten best free websites and tools for use in education. She selects her choices with an eye for what will help save teachers' time and assist them in engaging and connecting with their students. Here are Deborah's Top Ten Free Tech Tools for Teachers this year.

Top Ten Free Tech Tools for Teachers

Best Webpage Builder - Wix

Best Screen Capture - Jing

Best Presentation Tool - Zooburst

Best Tutorials - Khan Academy

Best Study Tool- Quizlet

Best Learning Tool - Exploratorium

Best Lesson Plans - ThinkFinity

Best Grading Tool - Rubistar

Best Educational Community - Slide Share

Best Communication Tool - Google Voice

Graduate Assistant Lana Grover received and accepted the Lillian Thomason Gemar Education Internship

Lana Grover

Lana Grover has recently received and accepted the Lillian Thomason Gemar Education Internship at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, WY. Over the summer, she will work with Curator of Education Jane Lavino and the assistant curator, Amy Goicoechea, to implement innovative technologies and contemporary learning theory. One of the museum's primary objectives will be to expand educational opportunities for K-12 students on a national and international level. Lana said she is very excited about this position and thanks EdTech faculty for the great experiences in her graduate assistant duties, which have helped prepare her for this new opportunity. Here is a small spotlight on their blog: 2012 Lillian Thomason Gemar Education Intern.


Aumni Spotlight

. . . in their own words
Where are they now? What jobs did our graduates get with their EDTECH degrees?

Debbie Eisenach
With a business undergrad and my M.E.T., I am working for a software company that sells a school website CMS, communication tools, and an integrated LMS designed for schools. As more schools look at online learning, we help to make them understand that the website is the foundation for all these elements. Parents, teachers, students need to access the website portals and from there enter into the wonderful world of online communications, community, education, etc. I was in Singapore but moved to Berlin, Germany.

Leslie Lot
I worked the first two years out of school as a technology instructional coach at a middle school. This year, I'm working as a library media specialist in an elementary school and I'm also in the interview process for an educational technology professor. This degree has opened so many doors. I'm very interested in the doctoral program.

Tara Bladlow
The company is Achieve 3000 and I will be working as an instructional designer, creating training and materials for the teachers who use the program. This is a new position for the company and I am still in a very intense two-week training program, so I don't actually start for a couple weeks after I pass product certification.

Kim Dinsmore
I use technology in my classroom all the time. Check out this web site to see how I'm using one iPad for an entire class. How I'm using one ipad.

Matt Anderson
I am teaching students in an EdTech Bachelor's program at an all-womens campus of the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates. They are all UAE nationals and in many cases the first generation of women who have been allowed to receive higher education.

Justin Reeve
While I was finishing up the M.E.T. degree, I was hired to train our new online teachers in best practices for online teaching. I also used a lot of the research learned in the classes, and from an evaluation (that I learned how to do from EDTECH 505) to assess the current needs of our online and hybrid teachers, and use that to help design and develop a new Moodle theme and course format. I've also gotten involved in virtual worlds, and I have a feeling that, with some of the work I'm doing, we'll be adopting their usage in our school district soon.

The EDTECH degree really opened up a lot of doors for me, and I'm grateful.


Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Diane Boothe dean of the College of Education has been elected chair of the Idaho Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (IACTE) and Idaho Education Deans and Directors Council. Her term of office is 2012 to 2014. IACTE promotes learning for all pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students through high-quality, evidence-based preparation and continuing education for all school personnel. IACTE is the Idaho affiliate of American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.

Dr. Lisa Dawley Join Dr. Lisa Dawley in San Diego June 23, 2012—from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.—for a hands-on workshop called Turn Your Class into a Living Game with Quest-Based Learning. Using the first-ever quest-based learning platform, which Dawley co-developed, educators will engage in hands-on questing, learn to design quests, and develop reward systems for engaging learning. For detailed information: Turn Your Class into a Living Game.

Dr. Yu-Chang Hsu was invited to present at a webinar entitled Education in the Age of Mobility by the Teacher Education Division and the Graduate Student Assembly of the Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). On April 18, 2012, he presented his teaching and research on the use of the Google/MIT App Inventor to design mobile apps for education and to facilitate computational thinking. At the webinar, Dr. Hsu was joined by two scholars who discussed their mobile augmented-reality work at Harvard Graduate School of Education. To access the recording of this webinar, visit Education in the Age of Mobility.

Dr. Ross Perkins and Dr. Andy Hung, assistant professors in the EdTech Department, were recently promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure.

Dr. Ross Perkins gave a presentation at AERA called Effect of message timing, name of sender, and subject-line on web-based survey response rate.

Dr. Chareen Snelson presented a paper at the 17th annual TCC online conference.

Snelson, C. (2012). Managing issues of safety, privacy, copyright, and technological change in Web 2.0 instruction: Lessons learned from teaching a YouTube course, Proceedings of the Technology, Colleges, and Community Worldwide Online Conference (pp. 56-61). Retrieved from Snelson paper.

Dazhi Yang presented a paper titled "An exploration of learning theories and emerging theories of educational technology on teachers' use of technology in classrooms" at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2012 annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada.

Yang also was selected as a junior faculty members by the AERA Division C: Learning and Instruction's New Faculty Mentoring Program (NFMP). The NFMP, which was co-chaired by Louis Nadelson in the College of Education, facilitated the interaction between selected faculty members and the invited expert speakers, journal editors and program officers from NSF and the Spencer Foundation.

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May 1, 2012

  • Dr. Kerry Rice wins Fulbright Scholarship
  • 3D Game Lab Wins
  • Gretel Patch Wins Sean Ellenberger Scholarship
  • EdTech Visiting Scholar
  • Online Teaching Endorsement
  • Student Spotlight
  • Alumni Spotlight
  • Faculty Spotlight
  • Jobs, Mark your Calendars
  • Upcoming Conferences

Senior Instructional Designer The Office of Distance Education at Boston University, Boston, MA

Contract Teachers for Video Instruction for more information visit e2020

Subject Matter Experts - Science, Biology, Physical Science, Idaho Digital Learning. Please email Lisa Berry.

Instructional Designer Indian River State College, FL

Online Adjunct Faculty - Psychology American Public University System

Assistant Professor of Elementary Education, Online Liaison University of West Alabama, Livingston, AL

Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology University of West Alabama, Livingston, AL

Instructional Designer eLearning - Specialist University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Teachers Kipp Schools

Instructional Technologist Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA


31, Thursday

Fee payment deadline.

28, Monday

Memorial Day Holiday (University offices closed).


4, Monday

Classes begin.

7, Thursday

Last day to apply for graduation, using BroncoWeb, for graduate and undergraduate degrees and certificates to be awarded in August.

8, Friday

Last Date For Refund & Last Date to Register/Add or Drop w/o a "W".

9, Saturday

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29, Friday

Last day to apply for graduation, using BroncoWeb, for graduate and undergraduate degrees and certificates to be awarded in August.

We will be at the following upcoming conference. We welcome local students and graduates to visit our information booth!

2012 National Charter Schools Conference – Minneapolis, MN June 19-22

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