Example Student Work:
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.
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
robotics (Lego Mindstorms) into both her AMTP class and general
blogging and wiki use into her classroom curriculum.
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.
Recent presentations by
myself or with others:
2008 North Carolina
Task Force for 1:1 Learning Collaborative- Friday Institute
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"
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)"
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"
Conference, Friday Institute, Raleigh, North Carolina, Presentation:
“Engaging Students with Emerging Technologies”
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
Institute: Linking Understanding by Design and Curriculum Mapping,