Dr. Sara Armstrong has been an educator for nearly 30 years, 17 of which were spent in the classroom. She participated in her first telecommunications project in 1980. Through that experience, Dr. Armstrong was impressed with two major ideas: the fact that her students could be in meaningful communication with students they would never have had the chance to meet in person, and that this kind of interchange could alter how students learn and participate in classroom work.
Dr. Armstrong's doctoral work in the philosophy of education allowed her time to explore current ideas of educational practice and technology integration into curricula. Her dissertation, "Metaphors of Learning and Teaching," has provided the basis of one area of her consulting work. She has been a speaker at numerous conferences, including CUE (Computer-Using Educators), NECC (National Education Computing Conference), ASTE (Alaska Society for Technology in Education), the California Math Council conference, NSDC (National Staff Development Council), and IRA (International Reading Association). She has also worked extensively in creating staff development efforts for school districts, county, regional, and statewide groups. Her topics include project-based learning, multiple intelligences and educational technology; information literacy in the age of communications; teaching, technology and storytelling; early literacy and technological resources; parents, public libraries, and Internet resources; developing rubrics for evaluating online resources; ThinkQuest resources as models for staff development and instruction; and evaluation and assessment as guiding practices.
Dr. Armstrong is the author of a number of publications, including Telecommunications in the Classroom (ISTE, 1995), Internet for Kids (contributing author, Sybex, 1995), A Pocket Tour of Kidstuff on the Internet (Sybex, 1996), The Internet for Your Kids (co-author, Sybex, 1996), NetSavvy: Information Literacy in the Communications Age (co-author, The NetSavvy Group, 1998), and is the editor of Edutopia: Success Stories for Learning in the Digital Age (The George Lucas Educational Foundation and Jossey-Bass, 2002).
Dr. Armstrong completed three elected terms on the Board of Directors of CUE (Computer-Using Educators), where she served as President for two years. She also serves on the Bay Area Storytelling Festival Committee, the Boards of Directors of the National Storytelling Network, Global SchoolNet Foundation, and the Center for Accessible Technology, as well as the CTAP Region 4 Advisory Council, and the IRA Technology, Communications, and Literacy Committee. She is a member of a number of professional organizations, including ISTE, ASCD, Phi Delta Kappa, NCTE, CATE, IRA, CRA, and NSDC.
Dr. Armstrong is a recipient of CUE's Gold Disk Award for contributions to the field of educational technology.