No longer is technology limited to the computer lab. Today, technology is infused in every aspect of the classroom, changing how students gather, organize, and understand information, and changing how teachers facilitate the learning process. Walden University has sought out national experts who have embraced 21st century skills and who are helping educators to connect theory with real-world practice in their educational settings.
David Thornburg, Ph.D.
As one of 20 pioneers in the field of educational technology according to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Dr. Thornburg is widely recognized for his work in advancing technology in learning. He is the founder of the Thornburg Center and consults for schools, foundations, and governments around the world. A central theme in his research and publications is preparing students for their future, not their past.
Chris Dede, Ed.D.
As the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, Dr. Dede's research focuses on leveraging emerging technologies for learning. His current projects include aiding middle school students in learning science through virtual environments and developing a research agenda for online teacher professional development, both funded by the National Science Foundation. He has served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Educational and Psychological Foundations of Assessment, a member of the U.S. Department of Education's Expert Panel on Technology, and was a visiting scientist at NASA's Johnson Space Center.
David Warlick has served in education for 30 years, first as a classroom teacher then as a district administrator and staff consultant with the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction. For the past 10 years, Mr. Warlick has operated The Landmark Project, a leading professional development firm, and is a popular speaker on instructional technology and 21st century literacy. His classroom blogging site, Class Blogmeister, serves more than 100,000 users, and his attribution tool, Citation Machine, receives more than a half-million page views a day.