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CATEGORY: EducationClear

SUB-CATEGORY: Instructional TechnologyClear

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Michael Behrmann

Professor, College of Education and Human Development; Director, Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities

Expertise: Assistive Technology, Instructional Design, Inclusion, Special Education, Distance Education

Behrmann is a local, state, and national leader/innovator in special education. He has devoted 35 years to improving services and personnel preparation in the field of special education with his innovative work in teaching, research and service. He believes in collaborative research/training enhanced by technology. An early adopter of microcomputer technology, his pioneering pursuits are known worldwide. He wrote two of the first books on assistive and instructional technology.

He is currently the Helen A. Kellar Professor of Special Education in the Graduate School of Education and the coordinator of the special education programs.  He is the Director of the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities(KIHd), with over 50 funded faculty and staff of which over 15 percent have disabilities.


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Kevin Clark

Associate Professor of Instructional Technology

Expertise: Instructional design and technology, Corporate training, Education software and games, Technology and education

Clark is an associate professor and program coordinator of the Instructional Technology program in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Clark's research interests focus on the design and development of online learning environments, the role of gaming and media in formal and non-formal learning and the use of technology in learning with underserved populations.

Clark has been selected as a Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster Candidate, and his research activities have been funded by such organizations as: the Hoop Magic Foundation, WIN-WIN Strategies Foundation, National Science Foundation, U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.  Clark also serves as an advisor and consultant to non-profit and for-profit organizations that include the Smithsonian Institute, Public Broadcasting Service, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, CDI America, HOSTS, Cosmos Literacy, Lightspan and Knowledge Adventure.

Priscilla Norton

Professor of Instructional Technology

Expertise: Educational technology, Online education, E-learning

Norton has been involved with educational technology since the late 1970s, working with teachers to understand the role of new electronic technologies to support teaching and learning. Norton is director of the Integrating Technology in Schools Certificate, Master’s, and Doctoral Programs. She is the author of numerous articles and coauthor of two books: Teaching with Technology: Designing Opportunities to Learn (Wadsworth Publishing, 2002) and Technology for Teaching (Allyn & Bacon, 2000). More recently, Norton has been designing and developing e-learning environments for teachers and high school students, resulting in part in the Online Academy, a virtual high school, and the Online Academy for Teachers, an educational program to teach teachers how to teach in virtual environments. This program received the 2006 Governor’s Technology Award for Innovative Use of Technology in K–12 Education. In 2007, Norton received the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and Dominion Power.

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Debra Sprague

Associate Professor of Instructional Technology and Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning

Expertise: Technology integration in teacher education, Technology integration in K-12 education

Sprague is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University. She is assigned to the Elementary Education Program and teaches courses that focus on technology integration. Sprague also teaches courses in the Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning Program.

Sprague's research interests focus on the use of technology to support teaching and learning. She is the co-author of Technology for Teaching, which looks at various technologies and ways to use them in the K-12 classroom. Sprague currently serves as the editor for the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education.