Patricia A. Russac is a Library Director and history teacher at Buckley Country Day School in Roslyn, New York, with over thirteen years of experience. She is TED Educator and a National Association of Independent Schools Teacher of the Future. She has been awarded the school's Thomas J. Reid Excellence in Teaching Award. She received the Planet Orange Financial Literacy Grant from ING Direct, and the Curriculum Project Grant from the American Immigration Law Foundation. Her passion for helping learners become informationally, technologically, and media literate is evident in her continued upgrade of the school’s curriculum to meet the needs of the learner. She also brings a wealth of experience as a practicing artist and in her education as an art historian. Patricia has presented on instructional design and curriculum at the National Council for the Social Studies, the Association for Middle Level Education, the International Visual Literacy Association, the New York State Computers and Technologies in Education, and the NYSAIS Teaching with Technology conferences.
Mercer and Patricia have partnered for over a decade in designing collaborative lessons, projects, and professional development workshops.
Hall, Mercer. Are We Truly Preparing the Next Generation's Workforce. Strategies, PreScouter Journal, September 6, 2013.
Hall, Mercer. The Curiosity Prerogative - Technology As Empowerment For Self-expression, Media Commons: A Digital Scholarly Network, June 14, 2013.
Russac, Patricia. "Should Transliteracy Replace Language Arts?" Leading and Learning (L&L), September/October 2013 vol. 41, no. 2, p. 6-7, ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)
Russac, Patricia. The Third Space - Digital Tools Disrupt Learning Hierarchies, Media Commons: A Digital Scholarly Network, June 14, 2013.
Lepi, Katie. "Fabulous Education Technology Blogs Worth Following." Eudemic, November 9, 2013.
Sipley, Gina. "Seeing the Visual," Klingbrief, October 2013. "The American Society for Innovation Design Education (ASIDE), co-founded by independent school teachers Mercer Hall and Patricia Russac, publishes a blog that illuminates the visual discourse embedded in the communication and design of 21st Century information. Rooted in the principle that design thinking transforms the way children learn, the ASIDE blog features thematic posts exploring visual representations of current events and popular culture. Whether writing about the complexities of the Syrian conflict or the implicit messaging of Superbowl commercials, Hall and Russac find an exciting and approachable way to differentiate instruction and to inspire divergent thought. Their vision of learners as makers and doers is evident in their prose; each post prompts the reader to engage in a dialectical relationship with media, to both question it and to create it. The ASIDE Blog also hosts an impressive catalogue of K-12 curricular resources, including: an infographics library, a compendium of inspiring student projects, a catalog of visual education blogs, and a bibliography of scholarly resources. Their Design in Education Paper.li gathers a daily compilation of best resources and practices published across the web and @theASIDEblog frequently tweets tools for interdisciplinary applications."
The 2013 Honor Roll: EdTech's Must Read K-12 IT Blogs
EdTech Magazine chose The ASIDE Blog as one of the top 50 must-read educational technology blogs.
Gutierrez, Peter. "Who's Playing Who?" School Library Journal. (February 2013): 28-30.
Gutierrez, Peter. "Media Literacy, Powerfully: A Model For School Librarian and Classroom Teacher Collaboration." Connect the Pop Blog, School Library Journal, February 1, 2013.
Gutierrez, Peter. On Libraries and New Media, "Saving Kids from Sneaky Online Marketing," The Digital Shift Blog, Library Journal/School Library Journal, February 7, 2013.
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Full day workshop, January 24, 2013
"DLIT: Design, Literacy, Information, and Technology"
Recent And Upcoming Presentations
New York State Computers and Technology in Education (NYSCATE) - November 24-26, 2013
"Projects In Web 3.0: Privacy Is The New Predator"
New York State Council of the Social Studies (NYSCSS) - March 2013
"Maps vs Mapping: Visualizing History and Geography"
New York State Computers and Technology in Education (NYSCATE) - November 2012
"10 Ways Twitter Makes Us Better Teachers"
"DLIT: Design, Literacy, Information and Technology"
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