This summer Jeannine Hetzler, who was recently appointed principal at Cassingham Elementary in Bexley, has her work cut out for her, as she teaches a class at Ohio State University and writes her dissertation.

This summer Jeannine Hetzler, who was recently appointed principal at Cassingham Elementary in Bexley, has her work cut out for her, as she teaches a class at Ohio State University and writes her dissertation.

She has been a classroom teacher at Bexley Middle School and Maryland Elementary before coming to Cassingham, where she is teaching this school year.

Hetzler is a co-instructor for the OSU course, Technology and Media in Education, which runs during the OSU's first summer session, June 21 through July 22 and meets for four hours, twice a week. Her students are working toward their master's degrees in education. All are secondary educators, with various areas of concentration, including English language, foreign language, social studies, and mathematics.

Co-teachers for the course are Dr. Fawn Winterwood and Monica Kowalski, who, like Hetzler, is a Ph.D. candidate at Ohio State.

"My Bexley students will benefit from this experience because I'll be intentionally employing a number of 'Web 2.0' features within my classroom next year, probably through Sakai, like class blogs, digital archives, and a classwiki," she said. "These tools will allow students another means of demonstrating their curricular knowledge, skills and attitudes."

The syllabus for the summer school course further explains its emphasis:

"Because of the growing ubiquity of computers and the Internet in education, we will focus on these technologies; however, other media, like video, will also be addressed. We will approach educational media and technology from a number of perspectives including pedagogical, social, technical, cultural, ethical, economic, legal and political. Through this course we will not view technology as merely a neutral educational tool, but as a part of the classroom ecology that brings with it implications for what we can teach and how we can teach. The format of the course will be a lecture/lab in which you will use the lab to work on course projects."

Hetzler has been working on her Ph.D. in educational policy and leadership since 2005. Her dissertation focuses on teacher perceptions of effective professional development.

"I'm hoping to finish by 2012," she wrote in an email. "Gulp....I'm going to go put my head back into it!"

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