While in the elementary mathematics master's program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I became interested in the use of Web logs (blogs) as a tool to encourage online discussions. During a summer course titled Reinventing Teaching, my professor used blogs to start or continue discussions concerning various course topics. Intrigued by the depth of my classmates' responses and the freedom of thought that the process gave me as a participant, I wondered how this technological tool could be used in a third-grade classroom. I decided to implement blogs across the curriculum in almost every subject.
Shirley M. Pyon is interested in problem solving and the impact of technology tools in facilitating students' problem solving and metacognition.