About CIRCL Educators’ Blog

The CIRCL Educators’ Blog, in collaboration with the Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning (CIRCL), aims to bridge cyberlearning research with classroom practice and broaden the community of people involved in CIRCL. We invite readers of the blog to share feedback and ideas through comments. We hope this blog is a useful resource for people interested in the design and development of innovative learning technologies that are informed by and inform our understanding of the processes of learning.

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PictureJudi Fusco, Ph.D. is a researcher who works with teachers, often side-by-side in the classroom. Her work on learning in community (online and face-to-face) and collaborative learning spans 20 years.

Picture of Pati Ruiz

Pati Ruiz, Ed.D. is passionate about developing inclusive computing pathways in K-16. With over 15 years of experience teaching Spanish and computer science, Pati also served as a K-12 administrator.

Picture of Sarah HamptonSarah Hampton is a lifelong learner and a middle school math and science teacher in Southwest Virginia. She holds a MAED in Curriculum and Instruction and has ten years of teaching experience in various disciplines and settings.

PictureAngie Kalthoff is an educator and creator of educational opportunities. She holds a Master’s in Teaching and Learning and has ten years of teaching experience. Her interests include computer science education and connected learning.

Amar Abbott, Ed.D. is a Professor at Taft College, where he specializes in Assistive Technology (AT). His primary focus is making sure that people with disabilities have access to the technologies they need to be successful.

Past Authors


Mary Patterson is a 2014-2015 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow placed at the National Science Foundation. Mary is a thirty-year veteran middle school science teacher from Houston, Texas.



Natalie Harr is a 2013-2015 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow who served her fellowship at the National Science Foundation. She was an Ohio public school educator for ten years and is now a doctoral student.



2013-2015 work was supported in part by an appointment as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow to the National Science Foundation and the Triangle Coalition for STEM Education.

2016 work is supported in part by the National Science Foundation under grants IIS-1233722, IIS-1441631, and IIS-1556486. 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.

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