Mary Ann Rechtfertig's Education and Technology Resume
Mary Ann Rechtfertig has been a teacher, technology-using educator, and professional developer for over twenty-five years. She uses a variety of technology-based approaches in her classroom everyday to improve and enhance teaching and learning.
Mary Ann develops innovative approaches to technology integration and standards-based curriculum and instruction. She emphasizes constructivist and inquiry-based uses of technology, and she believes that learning through well-designed online activities is highly motivational for students. Thus, Mary Ann authors technology-integrated activities to use with students (e.g. California! Coming to a New Land, Earth Science Information Report, Learning about Chronological Order with Ms. Rechtfertig's Kitten, Misha. and Fourth Graders Improve Their Writing by Using a Variety of Sentence Structures.
Mary Ann enjoys helping other educators learn practical strategies for using technology with students. She has served as: a Dixie School District Technology Mentor
a Marin County Office of Education technology program developer and leader
a Marin County Multimedia Coach, helping K-12 teachers
a curriculum and technology integration specialist and demonstration teacher for the Berkeley Unified School District
the Professional Development Coordinator for the Teacher Led Technology Challenge Project, a U.S.D.O.E.
Technology Innovation Challenge Grant
When helping other teachers, Mary Ann' uses real world contexts, as teachers learn how technology can be integrated with lessons and units they already use with their students. See Dixie's Digital Days, Cyberhunt Learning Module, and Windows on the World. Mary Ann developed Integrating Technology With A Dinosaur Unit, for kindergarten teachers to use, in her district.Mary Ann has helped schools and districts build effective in-house professional development and leadership programs. Mary Ann wrote comprehensive Curriculum and Professional Development components that provided the backbone of a Dixie District Education and Technology Plan.
Mary Ann Rechtfertig has an enthusiastic and tireless commitment to the goals set forth by the Commission on Technology in Learning (CTL.) The CTL believes that "California has the opportunity to reemerge as a national educational leader by investing in its schools and working with educators to integrate the technologies that will enhance and enable teaching, learning, pedagogy, and school management." Key CTL goals are for "all educators (to) receive the training, resources, and support necessary to appropriately and effectively integrate technology into curriculum, assessment, pedagogy, and school management," and, "(all) districts and schools will offer systemic professional development, which cultivates leadership skills and encourages experimentation with the effective uses of technology."
Updated April, 2012
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