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Member Perspectives

Tapped In Members who are leaders in the community share their perspectives on how they came to be involved, why they use Tapped In, and offer tips and suggestions to other members.


Comments on the announcement of Tapped In closing (March, 2013):

"What a run, fantastic job so well done, many thanks, John." -- John, Feb 2, 2013

"Just a brief note to say thank you so very much for everything, and I'm so sorry to hear that Tapped In is being shut down. I'd like to especially thank everybody from the help desk. Thank you all very, very much." -- Susan, from Iran, Feb 3, 2013

"To all of you -- Jeff, BJB, Dave, and all -- my heart is broken! I wish I were rich enough to support TappedIn by myself. You have all done a spectacular job and I will miss you... I'll have to look elsewhere for what you have provided so beautifully over the years. Thank you, and I wish you all the best in wherever your journey takes you." -- Wendy, March 1, 2013

"I have been using TappedIn and/or recommending the service for more almost 6 years. It is a great resource and I am sorry to see it dissolve. Thank you for providing the service." -- Dialo, Feb 2, 2013

"I am a bit sad to hear that TI will be shutting down, although I completely understand. I became a regular member of TI in 1999 as a master's student in the Pepperdine OMET program. We LOVED TI! We held many small group meetings in the hot tub or the treehouse ;). And although we were physically dispersed all around the country, we really felt like we were in each other's company and as connected as we could be. Times have progressed, but I will always remember TI fondly and with great respect for what it meant to us in the early days of building online learning communities." -- Dana, Feb 4, 2013

"Wow, end of an era! (or a few eras...)" -- Chris, March 13, 2013

"Just wanted to say how very sorry I am that Tapped In must shut down. You have been a wonderful, educational inspiration that I have followed almost from the time you opened your doors. Kudos to a great staff who was always so generous in cheerfully contributing their time and effort to solving problems and educating members. You all will be greatly missed!" -- Elizabeth, Feb 6, 2013

"Thanks for your efforts." -- Pat, Feb 3, 2013

"I totally enjoyed using the system It is so user friendly. I have tried others and I am not pleased. You provided a valuable tool for many. thank you." -- Shirley, Feb 25, 2013

"I am saddened to hear of the loss of this resource, I did get some useful information from it and have been glad of the existence of TappedIn." -- Donna, Feb 4, 2013

"My name is Maria, I am Italian and I am writing from Italy. I just wanted to say thank you for coming up with such a good idea, providing a wonderful service, and sharing such precious resources. You have helped me out while I was teacher training and student teaching, and of course you also help now that I work as a teacher. Tapped in was a goldmine for finding resources and storing links and materials, and it's a real shame it will have to shut down.I would also like to thank all the people I chatted to in the Reception room, who were always ready to provide explanations about tapped in, and to share tips and tricks. Good luck with your new community experiences!" -- Maria, from Italy, Feb 3, 2013


Dakota Writing Project (DWP) (March 2011): Teacher-leaders with Dakota Writing Project (DWP), Vermillion, SD.


Laura Bardroff Zieger (August 2010): Laura is an Associate Professor of Educational Technology at New Jersey City University.

Jim Gutowski (July 2010): Jim has been teaching social studies at Gilmour Academy, a K-12 college prep school in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio for the past fourteen years.

Veronica Criado (June 2010): Veronica teaches English to 4th grade EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students at a Catholic school in Uruguay, South America.

Eric Groves (January 2010): Eric has been teaching for 35 years. Although trained to be an English teacher, he extended his courses at UVM so he could begin his career as an Industrial Arts teacher.


Candy Carter (December 2009): Candy is an AP Language and Comp teacher at McQueen HS in Reno, NV.

Sharon Hurwitz (August 2009): Sharon is a Technology Consultant who retired from Hampton City Schools and is currently an online facilitator for PBSTeacherLine and the Virginia Community of Anytime Knowledge.

Cathy McDonald and Tyrone Braga Santiago (June 2009): Cathy is a high school Language Arts teacher at Lovejoy Technology Academy in Brooklyn, IL, and Tyrone is a high school English as a Second Language Teacher in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

Crystal Hack (April 2009): Crystal has led a national professional development initiative with administrators, instructors, and coordinators who are partners in their deployment of GED-i.

Kathleen Fulton (January 2009): Kathleen is Director, Reinventing Schools for the 21st Century, for the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCTAF).


Lynne Wolters (November 2008): Lynne is a learner and teacher, with a history of technology use ranging from ditto machines and rotary adding machines to Web 2.0 Tools for Schools.

Sharon Bowers (May 2008): Sharon Bowers is a teacher in Virginia Beach City Public Schools, working as an Educator-in-Residence for the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) in Hampton, Virginia.

Karen Campbell (February 2008): Karen is the instructional technology supervisor for Harrisonburg City Public Schools in Virginia.

Russ Knopp (January 2008): Russ Knopp is a veteran middle school teacher in rural Waitsburg, WA.


Diallo Sessoms (November 2007): Diallo is a professor of Instructional Technology at Salisbury University.

Sheryl McCoy (August 2007): Sheryl is an educator who enjoys teaching math, science, language arts, social studies, art, and technology.

Paul Bohac (July 2007): Paul is retired after thirty years in juvenile and adult corrections and currently pursuing a doctorate.

Danika Brown (June 2007): Danika is a professor of Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Texas, Pan American.

Leo LaBarge (May 2007): Leo is a social studies and life skills teacher at Willowglen Academy in Andover, N.J.

Susan Roseman (April 2007): Sue has been a member of Tapped In since 2003 and runs the K-3+ Resources group, which has grown to 250 members.

Donna Sautner (February 2007): Donna Donna teaches 7th grade U.S. History and Computers at the Donna Klein Jewish Academy Middle School in Boca Raton, Florida.


Jacques Singleton (December 2006): Jacques is a professor at the University of Memphis. She teaaches a class that concentrates on teaching current and future special education teachers about the assistive technology needs of students with special needs.

Mary Mindess and Ann A. Adams (September 2006): Mary and Ann are college professors with a common goal: to stimulate collaboration among their preservice teachers and to afford them the opportunity to be a part of a community of learners.

Maryann Angeroth (September 2006): Maryann started out as a high school librarian in 1972 and has morphed into an instructional technology consultant working for one of Iowa's Area Education Agencies.

Heather Burleson (August 2006): Heather is currently teaching Technology Applications in a rural East Texas middle school.

Jim Hicks (July 2006): Jim retired in June 2006 with 32 years of experience as a teacher and counselor.

Jeff Cooper (June 2006): Jeff is an Education Technology Consultant in Forest Grove, Oregon, and was one of the first members of Tapped In in 1997.

Angela Redden (May 2006): Angela is co-director of the West Tennessee Writing Project and thinks every teacher should know about the National Writing Project.

Bill Bewley (April 2006): Bill is an adjunct instructor at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Sedat Akayoqlu (February 2006): Sedat is a Research Assistant and Literature Instructor at the Department of English Language Teaching at Abant Izzet Baysal University, Bolu, Turkey.


Barb Morris (December 2005): Barb is a library/media specialist at Iveland Elementary School in Overland, Missouri.

Chris Champion (October 2005): Chris teaches Computer Information Systems at Cumberland-Perry Area Vocational-Technical School in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

Barbara Dieu (July 2005): Barbara, or just Bee as we call her online, teaches EFL at the Franco-Brazilian high school in Sao Paulo.

Rita Zeinsteje (June 2005): Rita is an EFL teacher in Argentina, an advocate of CALL (Computer Aided Language Learning) and of CMC (Computer Mediated Communication) tools for language learning.

Brooke Molnar (May 2005): Brooke teaches second grade in Montgomery County Maryland and is currently working on her Master Degree in Educational Technology at Pepperdine University.

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach (March 2005): Sheryl teaches pre-service teachers at The College of William and Mary, and is involved with the Teacher Leaders Network and Win-Win Strategies Foundation, both tenant organizations of Tapped In.

Leo LaBarge (February 2005): Leo is a 6, 7, and 8th grade reading, language arts, and religion teacher at Our Lady Queen of Peace School, Hewitt, N.J.


Bonnie Feather (December 2004): Bonnie has taught high school music in Australia, preschool, first grade, fourth grade, and University level.

Cynthia Alvarado (November 2004): Cynthia is a school media specialist in Dearborn, Michigan, a doctoral candidate and a sometimes adjunct professor at Wayne State University.

Frances Long (October 2004): Frances lives and works online. She is based in Vancouver, BC, Canada and works with Knowplace.

Sandra Shattuck (September 2004): Sandra teaches in the Department of English, Foreign Languages & Telecommunication at Alabama A&M.

Terri Zopf-Schoessler (May 2004): Terri is a 20-year veteran English, drama and, sometimes, dance teacher at Skyview High School in Soldotna, Alaska.

Marianne Handler (April 2004): Marianne is a professor in the Technology in Education Program at National-Louis University.

Tom Reinartz (March 2004): Tom has taught English/Language Arts at Rosemount High School in Minnesota and technology courses for teachers at the University of Minnesota, and is completing his dissertation in Learning Technologies at the University of Minnesota.

Glen Bull (January 2004): Glen is co-director of the Center for Technology and Teacher Education at the University of Virginia.


Mary Thompson (December 2003): Mary teaches pre-service teacher technology courses at the University of Houston and conducts an online technology integration course for 100 student educators in their first semester of field-based placement.

Doug Peterson (November 2003): Doug is the Computers in the Classroom Teacher Consultant for the Greater Essex County District School Board in South Western Ontario.

Margaret Doty (October 2003): Margaret is a Business English trainer in-company in Germany for companies such as Merck KGaA.

Mark Horney (September 2003): Mark is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Oregon.

Gail Hoskins (July 2003): Gail is Senior Outreach Coordinator at the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC) in Columbus OH.

Carolyn Gery (June 2003): Carolyn is the Technology Coordinator for Berkeley High School, the main 9-12 campus in Berkeley, California.

Paul Sparks (May 2003): Paul is the Program Director for the Education Technology doctoral program at Pepperdine University.

Jill Thomas (April 2003): Jill is the Technology Coordinator or Sesser-Valier School District in Sesser, Illinois.

George Warriner (March 2003): George is the Coordinator of Instructional Technology for the Sheboygan Area School District in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He has worked in education as a 7-12 math teacher, K-5 math specialist, math resource teacher, technology resource teacher and baseball coach. George is currently a doctoral student at Pepperdine University in the Educational Technology program.

Elizabeth Riddle (February 2003): Elizabeth is an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher (ITRT) in Alexandria, Va. and a doctoral candidate in Instructional Technology at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

Paul Allison (January 2003): Paul is a technology teacher at East Side Community High School. He has worked in alternative schools in New York City for over 15 years.


Kathleen Fletcher Bacer (December 2002): Kathleen is an associate professor and the creator and director of Azusa Pacific University's new Master of Arts in Educational Technology Online degree program.

Aiden Yeh (November 2002): Aiden teaches EFL in Shih Chien University and National Kaoshiung First University of Science and Technology.

Jewel Reuter (October 2002): Jewel is a teacher of Biology and Environmental Science at the Louisiana Virtual School and is a professional development consultant for the Archdioceses of New Orleans.

Derrel Fincher (September 2002): Derrel is a Math and Technology teacher at the American School in Japan.

Ken Decroo (August 2002): Ken is a middle school science teacher and a professor in the Department of Education, Science, Technology and Math, at California State University, San Barnardino. Ken became a member of Tapped In in 1999 when he was introduced to it while participating in the Teach the Teacher Collaborative (TTTC).

Jan Friesen (July 2002): JaniceF is an Instructional Support Specialist for the eMINTS program in Missouri. She helps a group of teachers in Missouri with integration of technology.

Tim Smith (June 2002): TimSm is a technology coach/consulant with the Collaborative for Teaching and Learning in Louisville, Kentucky. He works for the Galef Institute's Different Ways of Knowing Project as well as other educational technology related initiatives.

David Weksler (May 2002): DavidW consults educators about educational technology and loves to help people learn more about computers and the Internet.

Vance Stevens (April 2002): VanceS is a media specialist living in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Shunichiro Ito (March 2002): ShunI teaches business communications and Internet English at Bunkyo Women's College, Tokyo, Japan.

Maria Avgerinou (February 2002): MariaAV is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Instructional Technology, at the Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment, College of Education, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois.

Kim Flack (January 2002): KimberlyRF is an Instructional Specialist Coordinator working at ASSET-KAET-ASU in Flagstaff, AZ, training teachers to integrate technology into their everyday activities and curriculums.


Kim Foley (December 2001): Kim (KimF) is a researcher working at the Field Trips site in Spokane, Washington.

Debra Sprague (November 2001): Debra (DebraRS) is a faculty member at the School of Education at George Mason University in Virginia.

Jan Naher-Snowden (October 2001): Jan (Jan_NS) is Part-Time Faculty in the College of Education at the University of Akron. She currently leads the K-8 Science Forum sessions that meet once a month at Tapped In.

Phil Benz (September 2001): Phil (PhilB) is an English teacher in France. He currently leads the Euro Language Teacher Forum sessions that meet each week at Tapped In.

Susanne Nyrop (August 2001):Susanne (SusanneN) is senior research student at the University of Education in Copenhagen, Denmark. She co-hosts the weekly Global Educators' Network ASO session to discuss distance online learning.

Lesley Farmer (May 2001): Lesley (LesleyF) coordinates the Library Media Teacher Services Credential Program at California State University Long Beach.

William Wilson (April 2001): Bill (WilliamCW) is a Technology Coordinator and Science teacher at Richmond Hill High School. He leads the Technonolgy Coordinator's confab on the 1st & 3rd Mondays of each month and the Science Teacher's confab the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month.

Donna Hendry (March 2001): Donna (DonnaMH) currently teaches English in a transitional school for students 5th-12th grades in Connecticut. She is also certified in elementary education. Donna leads the Tech in the Classroom After School Online discussion and is also a HelpDesk Volunteer for Tapped In.

Lynn Shafer (February 2001): Lynn (LynnNS) was an elementary/ESL teacher for 7 years, but now is on leave-of-absence while she attends George Mason University as a full-time student. She works for PBS TeacherLine.

Keiko Schneider (January 2001): Keiko (KeikoS) is an ex and future Japanese teacher currently working as a web designer/consultant in New Mexico. She just finished her UCLA Online Teaching Program and looks forward to teaching again soon.


Phil Harrison (October 2000): Phil (PhilH) is the Director of Educational Programs at Computer Master Institute of New Media and Internet Technology in Victoria, Canada. Phil is completing his MBA in Digital Technologies Management at Royal Roads University. His organizational consulting project is entitled, "A Virtual Learning Environment for New Media Studies." His membership in Tapped In has played a significant role in crystalizing the vision for this project.

David Fish (March 2000): David (DavidLF) is a high school teacher in Santa Ana, CA. He teaches independent study to high risk youth, in Alternative/Correctional Education. He has also been teaching University courses in a Master's degee program in Educational Technology, and David is also a HelpDesk volunteer at Tapped In.


Erik Wilson (June 1999): Erik (ErikW) is a biochemist and a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology Education at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He studies ways to use the Internet to support K-12 science teachers and works with the Science and Health Education Partnership at UCSF.

Chuck Merritt (May 1999): Chuck is a Technology Learning Coordinator and Digital High School Program Director in Palo Alto, California. His primary objective with technology at Palo Alto High School is to encourage colleagues to integrate technology into their curricula in ways that benefit student learning. Chuck co-leadw the Foreign Language Discussion group at Tapped In.

Kathleen O'Reilly Bogni (April 1999): Kathleen (KathleenKO) is a corporate trainer at Rhythm & Hues, wherer she is responsible for training newly hired computer graphic artists. Rhythm & Hues is the company responsible for the special effects on "Babe" and "Babe2."

Linda Ullah (March 1999): Linda (LindaU) is a GATE Teacher at Edenvale Elementary and a Technology Learning Coordinator for the Blossom Valley Learning Consortium and the Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Challenge 2000 Multimedia Project in Oak Grove School District. She has been involved in training her colleagues in how to use Tapped In since she became a member of Tapped In in January, 1998. She is also developing ways of using it with her and other teachers' students.

Nancy Haas (February 1999): Nancy (NancyWH) is a technology resource teacher in San Juan Capistrano, California and teaches Technology and Career Exploration to 9th graders at Aliso Niguel High School. She has been a member of Tapped In since she joined in the summer of 1998 as a graduate student in Pepperdine University's Online Masters in Educational Technology.

Michael Hutchison (January 1999): Michael (MichaelAH) is a social studies teacher at Vincennes High School. Michael keeps very busy online and offline. Online he's an active member in Tapped In, is part of Help Desk, and leads the weekly After School Online session, the Social Studies Forum.


BJ Berquist (December 1998): BJ is an art teacher at the Loysville Youth Development Center, a residential male juvenile correctional facility in central Pennsylvania. She was involved in the planning of the Civil Rights Forum held in May, 1998. BJ is also on staff with Tapped In and leads many of our After School Online sessions and is often found in at the HelpDesk in the reception area of Tapped In.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants 9725528, 9616585, and 0106926. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.