TopicsMeet Ted Curran What are we up to? A&II 2010 Projects
SMU's newest Instructional Designer Ted Curran is a renaissance geek. Keenly interested in education, technology, arts, communication, and language, Ted continually experiments with ways to integrate these passions towards the ultimate goal of empowering people.
Ted has been a charter high school teacher for the last eight years, teaching Advanced Digital Media Arts, English Language Arts, and Social Science in public charter schools-- most notably Envision Schools in San Francisco. As a teacher, he fell in love with blogging and "Web 2.0" technologies as a tool for empowering, engaging, and motivating students to explore themselves as writers and participate in the larger social discourse. Ted was able to research this topic in depth as part of his National University Master of Arts in Education thesis "Blogging and Online Communities: Effects on Student Engagement, Motivation, and Social Voice". Ted then took his newfound learning into the classroom, turning 150 Digital Arts students into web content producers who shared their artworks and writing in a conversation with the world.
Alongside these pursuits, Ted dabbles as a web/graphic designer, an education technology consultant, and has worked as a Web 2.0 teacher at a technology hotspot & salon in Oakland.
Ted lives in the beautiful Berkeley Hills with his Fox Terrier Flash and three great musical artistic roommates. He is preparing to marry the girl of his dreams and is excited to support the work of students and faculty at Samuel Merritt University.
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Are you wondering what we have plan for 2010? A&II established a list of goals to guide our projects and initiatives for the next few years. We believe these goals provide the proper framework to ensure that we are serving the University’s vision. While our goals will remain the same, our specific projects and initiatives will change. We have a busy and ambitious year plan. See, A&II 2010 Projects for a complete list of our goals, projects and targeted tasks. A sample includes:
GOAL #1: Leverage academic focused technology to enhance the teaching and learning epxerience online and in the classroom.
Project: Incorporate Web 2.0 functionality
Project: Improve online exam options
Project: Explore and begin to plan SMU YouTube/EDU presence