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Dr. Joselyn J. Todd, Cary Academy, Cary, NC
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Joselyn J. Todd

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Dr. Joselyn J. Todd received her Bachelor of Science degree in Science Secondary Education from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 1990. After obtaining her Illinois State Teaching License in Upper School and Middle School Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and General Science, she went on to earn her Ph.D. degree in Molecular Genetics at the University of Illinois. Dr. Todd focused on natural forms of gene silencing. After earning her Ph.D., Dr. Todd went on to become a NSF/USDA/DOE Tri-Agency Fellow at North Carolina State University. As a postdoctoral fellow, her research focused on gene silencing in transgenic plants, gene targeting during plant transformation, and the testing of human genomic control regions. In 1998, Dr. Todd was awarded a 3-year USDA Competitive Grant named “The Effect of Chromatin Elements on Plant Gene Expression,” along with Dr. William Thompson. This same year she made a career change, returning to her love of teaching science. She joined the faculty at Cary Academy in 1998, an independent, college-preparatory school. As a senior faculty member at Cary Academy, Dr. Todd is the Middle School Department Science Chair; she teaches Middle School Science and teaches upper school chemistry as needed. She has also implemented an innovative program called “Advances in Medical Technology” that currently focuses on robotic assisted cardiovascular surgery. In this program, students learn about medical uses of robotics and develop robots for medical applications via inquiry based learning. Over the past ten years at Cary Academy, Dr. Todd has participated in the highly selective NSF-NSTA WebWatchers Program and has educated over one hundred educators in internet technologies in Cary Academy’s Summer Technology Institute. She has also educated many girls in the use of technology as part of a technology club that she implemented upon her tenure at Cary Academy. She was recently awarded Sigma Xi Outstanding Teacher Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers (2006).

Currently she is focusing on:

  • Integration of Web 2.0 technologies into her general science curriculum such as content delivery via RSS feeds, podcasting, and vodcasting. 

  • Developing and facilitating the Cary Academy Advances in Medical Technology Program (AMTP) which focuses on robotic assisted cardiovascular surgery as well as other emerging medical technologies in other medical specialties. 

  • Integration of robotics (Lego Mindstorms) into both her AMTP class and general science classes. 

  • Assimilation of blogging and wiki use into her classroom curriculum.  

  • Teaching the students in her middle school Web Club (Webgrrrls) state of the art technologies such as web development, podcasting, vodcasting, and RSS Feed technology.

  • Integration of Web 2.0 technologies into my general science curriculum such as content delivery via RSS feeds, podcasting, screencasting, social networking, and vodcasting.
    Developing and facilitating the Cary Academy Advances in Medical Technology Program (AMTP) which focuses on robotic assisted cardiovascular surgery as well as other emerging medical technologies in other medical specialties (orthopaedics).
    Integration of robotics (Lego Mindstorms) into both the AMTP class and general science classes.
    Assimilation of blogging and wiki use into the classroom curriculum.

Honors/Awards/Publications:

Recent presentations by myself or with others:

  • 2008 North Carolina Task Force for 1:1 Learning Collaborative- Friday Institute

  • 2007 PLP- Consortium, AmericasMart Atlanta, GA “Powerful Learning Practice for Teachers and Students Face to Face Celebration”

  • 2007 NCETC, Koury Convention Center, Greensboro, North Carolina, Presentation: "Web 2.0- Let's Make Learning a Group Effort"

  • 2007 MEGA Conference, Friday Institute, Raleigh, North Carolina, Workshop: "Creativity in 21st Century Classrooms: Innovation in Podcasting"

  • 2007 Podcasting and New Media Expo, Ontario Convention Center, Ontario, California, Presentation: "Podcasting for Teachers: Applications for Teachers and Learners (K-12 Emphasis)"

  • 2007 National Workshop on Stimulating and Sustaining Excitement and Discovery in K-12 STEM Education, Friday Institute, North Carolina University, Raleigh, North Carolina, Presentation: Poster Session- "Advances in Medical Technology Program"

  • 2007 MEGA Conference, Friday Institute, Raleigh, North Carolina, Presentation: “Engaging Students with Emerging Technologies”

  • 2007 NAIS Conference, Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado. National Award Recipient: Leading Edge.

  • 2006 MEGA Future Ready! 21st Century Skills + Technology & Learning Tools, Friday Institute, Raleigh, North Carolina, Presentation: “Robotic Assisted Cardiology Program: An Experiment in Joining Community Health Care Providers with Middle School Health/Science Education”

  • 2006 Expanding Your Horizons in Math, Science, and Technology Program, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

  • 2006 Curriculum Institute: Linking Understanding by Design and Curriculum Mapping, Boston, Massachusetts