Meet Deborah Tuner: Instructional Technology Specialist
If it is a Thursday night, you will likely find Deborah Turner participating in an online chat with other experts in the field of assistive technologies.
"There are always so many new tools being developed, I love seeing what's new and how it works," said Turner, who came to Ivy with over 23 years of experience teaching diverse groups of students, as well as delivering professional development and training to a variety of audiences.
Before coming to Ivy Street, she served as an Instructional Technology Specialist for Kennesaw State University's iTeach center just outside of Atlanta, Ga. She has a Master's Degree in Educational Technology (M.E.T.) from Boise State University as well as graduate certificates in Virtual Assessment and Technology Integration. Her primary role as Ivy Street's Instructional Technology Specialist is to instruct and support students and staff with hardware, software, and instruction-related technologies and practices.
To Turner, assistive technologies can be explained simply as "any technologies that are used to help a student meet their academic goals by teaching them how to use the different tools available."
When she's not busy training staff or assessing what tools may best help a student, Turner is also often busy working on other school-wide projects such as the Common Sense Media certification recently awarded to Ivy Street.
This honor recognizes Ivy Street School's efforts in teaching digital literacy and citizenship to young people. This recognition is provided by Common Sense Education, part of a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.
Ivy Street is now one of just five schools in Massachusetts approved as a Common Sense Certified School.
"This shows that Ivy Street School is truly up-to-date and in the 21st century," said Turner.