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Grad student gets published
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Research by a Northwestern State University graduate student was published in a leading educational technology journal and was presented at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) conference March 26-29. Terri Simpson presented on using technology to help students learn English and language arts. Simpson is a seventh grade English/language arts teacher at Maplewood Middle School in Sulphur. Her thesis advisor in NSU’s Gallaspy (Family) College of Education and Human Development is Dr. Sangoon Park.

Simpson is earning a specialist degree in educational technology leadership. At her school in Calcasieu Parish, she led efforts to incorporate GoogleDocs, iPods, Palm hand-helds and one-to-one computing and has secured grants and other funding to help bring technology to the school. Her presentation was one of 40 selected from about 1,000 submissions and may lead to a chapter publication.

SITE members learn about and contribute to the latest developments, techniques and concepts in teacher education and instructional technology. Simpson’s presentation will elaborate on the positive effects of using technology to promote student engagement and achievement. Her study found that by integrating technology into English/language arts instruction students were able to identify their personal areas of need and direct their individual learning, a method more effective than the whole class approach.

“My presentation at the SITE conference was the culmination of my specialist degree in education,” said Simpson, who graduated last year with a degree in curriculum and instruction with a focus on technology integration for K-12. She is also working towards a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction through UL-Monroe. “My paper researched the effects of student-centered, technology-integrated instruction. Dr. Park was my copresenter and I was honored to have been selected.”

Simpson was also featured in the March edition of T.H.E. (Technology Horizons in Education) Journal, an education technology news magazine for K-12 district leaders, IT personnel and administrators. The online education magazine provides a forum for education professionals to share ideas and knowledge about today’s classrooms. She was selected as an Edu Tech Innovator and will be featured in a webinar hosted by T.H.E. Journal March 28. A link to her Innovator page can be found at

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