Dr. Terry K. Smith

Elementary Pre-Service Teacher Web (smithclass.org)


 

University Teaching:
Western Illinois University - Asst. Professor, Curriculum & Instruction, Elementary Ed Field Supervisor; Social Studies Education  2011-present.
University of Saint Francis, Joliet, IL - Visiting Professor, Teacher Education,  2010 – 2011. 
Antioch University, Los Angeles - Online Instructor, Educational Technology, MA Education & Teacher Credentialing 2007-2010.
Concordia University, Portland, Oregon - Online Instructor,  Educational Technology, MA Teacher Education, 2006-2008.
 

High School Online:
Zhong Lun Senior High School - Taipei, Taiwan. Invited Online Instructor, Conversational English 2009-2011.    

Conference & Publications:

Smith, T. (2014). Guiding Elementary Pre-Service Teachers in Global Classroom Projects in Clinical Classrooms to Provide Authentic 21st Century Learning Experiences. EdTechnology Ideas, University of Oregon, Vol 1, No 3.

Smith, T. (2013). National Council of the Social Studies, Let the international games begin: Landmark 2013. Saint Louis, Missouri, November 2013.

Smith, T. (2013). Illinois Educational Technology Conference, Immersing and guiding preservice teachers in global projects. Springfield, Illinois, November 2013.

Smith, T. (2013). International Society for Technology in Education – Virtual Environments Playground, Using a virtual learning environment to teach history and economics, online, San Antonio, TX, June 2013.

Smith, T. (2013). Virtual Worlds Immersive Learning: The Puebloans of Mesa Verde. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2013 (pp. 2965-2970). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Smith, T. (2012). Social Studies for Global Detectives, National Council for the Social Studies Conference, Seattle, WA.

Smith, T. (2012) Hoverboards and Economics in Virtual Worlds Elementary Education, Illinois Education & Technology Conference, Springfield, IL.  

Smith, T. (2012). Social Studies Project-based learning in the Regular and Inclusive Classroom. International Society of the Social Studies Conference, Orlando, FL.

Smith, T, (2012). Keynote speaker: Future Trends and Best Practices in Education, Education Essentials Conference, Kappa Delta Pi International Society in Education, Alpha Epsilon Chapter, Western Illinois University.

Smith, T. (2012) Social Studies Collaboration in a Teacher Education Program: The Monster Project. Illinois Council for the Social Studies Quarterly, Vol 1, No 2.

Smith, T. (2011). Professor-driven Internet Projects with Partner Schools Provide 21st Century Models for Pre-service Teachers. In M. Koehler & P. Mishra (Eds.) Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2011. Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Smith, T. (2009). Changing the Face of Traditional Education: Project-based Learning, National College of Ireland, Dublin. Retrieved from http://ilta.ie/files/PBL-ILTA-final-Tsmith_%5B1%5D.pdf

Dissertation:
Smith, T.(2011). Cultivating 21st century competencies in a virtual worlds learning environment. Dissertations & Theses at Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, CA - SCELC. (Publication No. AAT 3478529).

 


Academic Reviewer: 
American Educational Research Association, conference paper reviewer, 2013-14. 
American Society for Engineering Education, conference paper reviewer, 2012-present
Journal of Online Teaching, journal reviewer, 2012-present
International Society for Technology in Education – conference paper reviewer, 2012.
Book review: Prufrock Press – Make Up Your Mind: A Classroom Guide to Ten Age-Old Debates. 2012

University Research Collaboration:
Arizona State University: 2012-present. Collaborating co-researcher ARX/QA project. Beta tester Quest2Teach preservice teacher training project.
Indiana University: 2010-12. Collaborating co-researcher on Quest Atlantis project.
Northern Illinois University
: 2007-08. Educational consultant, digital projects for elementary students, Mark Twain’s Mississippi project.  

Global Project Management:
Kidlink Landmark - international multi-school project runs every February (grades 4-9)
Monster Project - international multi-school project runs every October (grades K-6)

Project-Based Learning Interviews:
Education Week (2010)  Web Conferencing Finds Elementary School Niche
Edutopia (2009) Project Managment Keeps Learning on Track
Scholastic Administrator (2009)  The Power of Project Learning
Educational Leadership (2009) Managing Messy Learning

 


Courses:
ELED 470 Senior Field Work in Elementary Education (Block)
ELED 410 Senior Seminar in Elementary Education
ELED 371 Elementary Education Field Work II
SSED 568 Improving Social Studies Instruction (online)
SSED 495 Teaching With a Global Perspective
SSED 354 Teaching Social Studies in the Primary Grades (ECH)
SSED 365 Teaching Our Heritage
EDUC 392 Classroom Management
EDUC 385 Methods of Teaching Science & Social Studies
EDUC 210 Teaching in a Diverse Society
TEP 519 Educational Technology (online)
TEP 617B Advanced Uses of Educational Technology (online)
EDU 533W Educational Technology (online)


Education:
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Learning Technologies, Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education & Psychology, Los Angeles 2011.
Master of Arts Education, Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO, 2004
Bachelor of Arts Gen Studies/Technical Communications, University of  New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, 1985.

K-12 Experience
Eugene Field Elementary, Hannibal, MO: 2001-2010, 4th grade teacher, school web manager.
Payson Seymour Elementary, Payson, IL:  2000-2001, 5th grade teacher.
Williams Elementary School, Georgetown, TX: 1998-1999 – 5th grade & Gifted math teacher.
Ellington School, Quincy, IL: 1997-1998, Gifted 2nd/3rd grade teacher, school web manager.
Granger School, Granger, TX: 1994-1997, 3rd grade teacher & Elementary Technology Coordinator 

Teaching Approach: Using projects, computers, learning management systems, blogs, wikis, smart phones, and various educational technology tools to stimulate and explore learning in the elementary classroom. I currently run yearly international multi-school projects Kidlink Landmark, and the Global Monster Project.

Before Teaching: Technical writer/editor for computer companies including Data General, SAS Institute, Tandem Computers, Solbourne Computers, and Dell Computers. As a technical writer, worked on system administration for networks and operating systems: TCP/IP, Unix, and Linux,  Quality Assurance, and User interfaces.