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Hi HASTAC

My name is Teresa Narey, and I am a graduate student at Carlow University.  I am excited to be a HASTAC scholar, and I look forward to contributing to its community.

In addition to the interests listed in my profile, I would like to share that I am currently researching technology use in secondary English classrooms, examining the rules imposed on students when they use technology, as well as considering what it means to have an authentic technology curriculum.  Admittedly, I am not as technologically savvy as I would like to be, but I can't help being drawn to this topic.  Most of the research I have collected are articles and surveys from the UK, where educators are rapidly weeding out perceived problems with student technology use and trying to remedy the real problems.  Many studies indicate that students will be better users of technology if they are given considerable freedom, but are assisted by teachers in working through negativities (encountering inappropriate websites, knowing the hazards in revealing personal information to strangers, and learning how to decipher good information from bad information).  I hope to better examine these matters through the lens of Freire's Pedagogy of Indignation.

When I am not studying, I like to write.  I have published several poems, and I am currently revising a couple of middle grade manuscripts that I started during my MFA program.  I also organize my thoughts about education, technology, and writing in my personal blog: http://educitizen.blogspot.com/.  Please, check it out.  I thrive on feedback.

In closing, I would like to encourage everyone to check out the Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society.  OVPES is a terrific organization that is very supportive of graduate students and their scholarly work.  They publish an annual peer-reviewed journal and hold a conference every fall, from which my husband and I are just returning.  We met some great academics and fellow graduate students, all of whom partook in lively discussion and offered valuable insight.
 

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