Introducing Phil Shapiro and Deborah Cruthers
I’d like to welcome two new writers to the WizIQ content team. Phil Shapiro and Deborah Cruthers will be joining us and posting on a variety of topics related to education, e-learning, ed tech, and the broader field of technology and its impact on how we learn and teach. Check out their bios below and join me in welcoming them!
I spent most of my childhood growing up overseas. My late father worked for UNICEF, so my family moved from country to country pretty often.
We lived in New Delhi, India; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Paris, France. I spent junior high and high school in Scarsdale, New York.
I Studied engineering and liberal arts as an undergraduate and graduated with a degree in philosophy. Then I had a three year brush with the law. (Law school.) I didn’t find the law to my liking, so shifted career paths over to one of my true loves – – – teaching.
I taught computers in elementary and junior high school for about four years, but then quit teaching to develop educational software full time.
While doing the software thing I did quite a bit of freelance writing about educational technology. I wrote for some Scholastic publications, Quality Computer’s “Enhance,” and a few other publications and did freelance writing work for Apple.
I remain a deep believer in the power of public libraries. If you’re not sure why public libraries are the best thing around, check out, “12 Ways Libraries are Good for Our Country.” as well as, “Community Content in Public Libraries.”
I have been involved in education for 13 years and have taught grades K-12 to public, private, and home school students in special education, mainstream, and advanced classrooms. The past eight years have been dedicated to the high school classroom where I taught world, American, and British literature as well as Advanced Placement Literature, Language and Psychology. I use technology/web-based learning in the classroom to enhance the learning process and keep my students engaged. In this modern world, educators must embrace blended learning in order to stimulate our students and better facilitate their academic success. My experience with educational technology includes cloud-based learning in the following venues: synchronous, asynchronous, blended, and virtual classrooms. In addition, I enhances my students’ ability to study away from the classroom with the use of classroom websites such as Ning and live or pre-recorded classes/reviews such as those I have done on WizIQ. My latest endeavor is based on the rotational model of blended learning, which is a combined effort to teach twice a week and have my students use cloud-based learning (WizIQ and Ning based) the other three days of course instruction.