Last updated on: 5/14/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Alison Anderson, MS Biography

Title:
Managing Editor of GettingSmart.com blog and K-8 Technology Teacher at Holy Cross Catholic School in Portland, OR
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Tablets Replace Textbooks in K-12 Schools?"
Reasoning:

“I believe a [tablet] that allows for customization of font size, audio options, dictionary support, Internet research, note taking, and organization of notes can help students read and comprehend content at new levels that were not accessible to them previously. They also give instant access to books that previously had to be ordered, delivered, etc. There is a movement towards digital, up-to-date textbooks, so students can always read relevant information instead of outdated, recycled texts.”

As quoted in Sarah Cargill’s “Should Your School Replace Textbooks with E-Readers?,” blogs.edweek.org, Aug. 18, 2012

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of education or education technology. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the study of education or education technology.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Managing Editor, GettingSmart.com (education technology blog), Apr. 2013-present
  • K-8 Technology Teacher, Holy Cross Catholic School, Portland, OR, Aug. 2012-present
  • Board Member, Oregon Academic Technology Society, May 2012-present
  • Blogger, Tedrosececiteaching.wordpress.com
  • Track Coach, Catholic Youth Organization
Education:
  • MS, Curriculum and Instruction, Portland State University, 2011
  • BA, Secondary Education/Teaching and English, Marquette University, 1997
Contact Info:
Phone
503-289-3010
Email
aanderson@archdpdx.org
Website
Personal blog
Other:
  • Mother of three children: Ted, Rose, and Ceci
  • Twitter handle: @tedrosececi
  • Born in Chicago, IL
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Tablets Replace Textbooks in K-12 Schools?