Annette Lamb, Ph.D.
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I attended lots of different elementary schools (Kentucky, New York, Iowa), but I spent middle school and high school in Urbandale, Iowa. When it was time to select a university, I chose Iowa State University for two reasons. First, it was close enough that I could go home if I wished, but far enough that I could live in the dorm. Second, dad went to Iowa State, so I was already an ISU fan.

Once I got started at ISU, I couldn't stop. I received a BS, MS, and PhD all from Iowa State University. They have a great education school and super educational technology graduate program.

Professional Experiences

Teaching runs in my family. Piano teachers, elementary teachers, and college professors are just a few of the teaching areas. As a child, I played school in the summer. My mother would give me assignments and I'd go do research at the local library on topics like magic, racoons, and crafts. My cousins and I could create plays, invent clubs, and play school. As a teenager, I babysat, worked at the mall, and developed an interest in working with children. In high school and college, I worked in a community center, summer parks and recreation program, and in other positions dealing with children. At the right are some kids from one of the summer programs I supervised in the late 70s.

After college, I became involved in business rather than education, but my master's degree drew me back into teaching and technology. As a graduate assistant and temporary instructor at Iowa State, I taught undergraduate courses for teachers in instructional media and educational computing. We were often one day ahead of our students as we learned and taught SuperText, AppleWriter, VisiCalc, PFS, LOGO, and the other software of the early 80s. I also worked in the technology lab.

After receiving my Master's Degree, I took a position at the Cedar Falls, Iowa schools as a library/media specialist and computer teacher. With the help of a supportive administration and experienced paraprofessional staff, we were able to develop a flexible learning environment in the library where we could begin integrating technology. At the same time, we continued to stress the importance of books and reading. We moved from the traditional card catalog to an automated cataloging system. In addition, we developed a computer literacy program that stressed practical applications of the computer including critical thinking, organizing information, and communication skills.

Next, I took a faculty position at the University of Toledo in Toledo Ohio. I worked with educational technology graduate students including classroom teachers, library/media specialists, and HRD professionals. The graduate program took a practical, hands-on approach to technology integration and instructional design and development. After some career and personal reflection, I moved to Evansville, Indiana and joined the Teacher Education faculty at the University of Southern Indiana. I was promoted to Full Professor with tenure in March of 1997 where I taught undergraduate and graduate courses in educational technology.

Ready for a new challenge, I started Lamb Learning Group to expand my interest in working with teachers and technology. Over the past several years, I've worked with dozens of conferences, school districts, and grant projects to promote effective technology integration ideas. In addition to speaking and writing, I spend much of my time developing new teacher and student resources for my eduscapes website.




Professional Organizations

I feel strongly that contributing your time and efforts to professional organizations is an essential part of being a professional. Mike Simonson, my major professor and mentor got me started by encouraged me to attend and later speak at the National AECT conference. In my first Iowa state conference presentation in the early 80s, I dazzled(?) the crowd with a new program called Print Shop for the Apple II computer. Later I became involved at the state, regional, and national level in various goverance roles including IEMA state secretary and national DISC division president.

The picture on the left shows a prop from the DISC luncheon keynote on "safe computing." I also became involved with ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) as the editor of the HyperSig publication, HyperNEXUS.

The key to effective governance is mixing work and fun. The ultimate meeting of minds and fun comes at the PIDT (Professors of Instructional Design and Technology) meeting. In addition, to serious discussions and professional interactions, people have been known to play Bite-The-Bag. An exciting professional party game introduced by me to PIDT. In the picture on the left, finalists show off their "bag trimmings."

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