Introductions

Hello all CCK11 and EDC 533 participants.  My name is Thomas Steele-Maley.  I look forward to learning with you all.  A short Bio is below.

BIO

Thomas Steele-Maley is founder and director of the Institute for Global Civic Culture. He has spent over eleven years working with young people in and out of the classroom in Alaska, Washington State, and Maine.

Thomas serves as co-founder and designer for Global Civ: A New Learning Ecology, a blended and wall-less set of learning spaces that encourage the individual to take control of their learning through the co-development and design of programs and collaborative spaces for learning. He also teaches part time in the Instructional Technology Department COEHD University of Maine

Thomas has led experiential education programming, developed leadership initiatives, and delivered staff development for  national service learning organizations. Since 2006 he has devoted his career to teaching and learning with secondary school aged young people in school settings. His teaching, learning and design based research have focused on planning with students in technology rich, socially relevant learning spaces. He has extensive experience with ePortfolio assessment, collaborative learning environments, social networking, and mobile learning. His curriculum development is shaped for student collaboration, communication and problem solving for an interdependent world in the twenty-first century. A graduate of University of Puget Sound and University of Maine,  Thomas is currently working towards a doctorate in education.

Research Interests

Situating critical education and connectivist theory|praxis in educational change episodes.

Curriculum Integration

Use of design based research methods in education

ePortfolio integration K-20

Blended Collaborative eLearning Environments

School change models

Life

Thomas lives in Midcoast Maine with his wife and two young children.  He is a runner, avid hiker, backpacker, and boater who has lived and played in the most remote areas of North America over the last eleven years.  His deepest inspiration is derived from his family, Universalist Quaker practice,  and the individuals and young people he works with who are dedicated to problem solving for our collective human futures.