- Ph.D., 1991 Ohio University, Athens, OH; Curriculum & Instruction, Science Education
- M.A., 1980 Governors State University, University Park, IL; Ecology & Conservation
- B.S., 1976 Quincy College, Quincy, IL; Biology
Recent Invited State/Local
- The Oak Lawn Environmental Education Initiative – How can national environmental curricular programs such as Project Learning Tree help in this effort? October 2008.
- Data Analysis and Student Assessment: What kinds of experiences do students need? January 26, 2007. Invited to present to the faculty at Mohawk Elementary from School District 163, an inservice on science assessment. Park Forest, IL.
- How Can Technology Help with Analysis and Synthesis of Data? The HOBO Datalogger. May 2006. Invited to present an informational session to the South Suburban Area Illinois Computers in Education group’s monthly meeting. Palos Park, IL.
- What is Research Telling Us about the Impact of Handheld Technologies on Our Work? April 2004. Invited to serve as a panelist on this topic by the Ohio Board of Regents for their two-day conference titled, Preparation of Ohio’s Math and Science Teachers: Content Delivery Through Inquiry Teaching. Columbus, OH.
- CatalystOHIO Integration of the Palm Pilot into Higher Education. January 2003 – January 2005. Invited to serve on a statewide development team of professors from 6 universities across Ohio to plan and deliver a series of workshops that promote technology integration into the classes of Arts and Science and Education faculty in universities across Ohio.
Recent Invited National
- A Nets.Work Institute – Using the Palm Pilot in Higher Education. July 2003. Invited with Dr. Teresa Franklin to plan and deliver a two-day training session for professors at Hostas University/City University of New York, on how to use the Palm Pilot as a tool for teaching and learning in their college courses and with their college students. The Bronx- New York City, New York.
- Interactive Video and Environmental Education. August 1999. Presented as an invited panelist at the National Alliance for Environmental Educators National Conference. Cincinnati, Ohio.
- Teaching and Learning in a Distance Education Environment. July 1999. Invited by the State of Maine Department of Education Technology Integration Specialist to Co-present with Dr. Tim Best and Ms. Julie Fox a weeklong workshop for teachers throughout the state on how to plan and deliver lessons via interactive video. Bangor, Maine.
- Project Learning Tree and its Impact on Teachers. May 1998. I was selected out of the five National Project Learning Tree Educators of the Year for 1998 to speak at the CEO Luncheon of the American Forest and Paper Association, on the value of Project Learning Tree as an Environmental Education Resource and the value it has as a classroom resource. Washington, D.C.
- The Appalachian Distance Learning Project. October 1993. Invited to present a bulletin board session to the Appalachian Regional Conference. Huntington, West Virginia.
Recent Invited International
- Using Technology in Science Teaching – How Technology Can Help with Analysis and Synthesis of Data, April 2006. Presented a Keynote at the 6th International Educational Technology Conference held in Famagusta, Cyprus.
- Dispositions for Teachers with E-Learning. November 2004. Presented a Keynote at the International Educational Technology Symposium. Sakarya, Turkey.
- The Use of Palm’s in Higher Education. November 2004. Co-presented with Dr. Teresa Franklin a session on how the institutions of higher education throughout Ohio are incorporating the use of hand-held technology into college level mathematics and science courses through workshops led by a team of university educators. Presented at the International Educational Technology Symposium in Sakarya, Turkey.
- Science Education: Trends and Practice. May 2001. I was invited as a team of Ohio University educators to present a series of workshops to K-12 teachers in Adapazzari, Ankara, and Istanbul, Turkey and to students of science education at Sakarya University in Adapazzari, Turkey.
Recent Juried State
- Engaging Learners through Science Instruction: How Simple Technology Tools Can Help with Data Collection, Analysis and Assessment June 16, 2009. Presented to the Coalition for Illinois High Schools annual Conference.
- Knowledge Transference: From Skill to Innovation – What our Student E-portfolios tell us. Poster session presentation at the Illinois Education Research Symposium sponsored by the Illinois Education Research Council, June 2009.
- College is in the Palm of my Hand – A Roundtable Discussion at the Ohio University Spotlight on Learning Two-day Showcase, March 2003. Athens, Ohio.
- Challenging Ourselves – Reflecting in Our Efforts with Project Sustain, February 2003. Co-presented with Mr. Al Cote from the Appalachian Rural Systemic Initiative and Mr. Joe Didomenico, a Science Teacher for Lancaster High School, at the Science Education Council of Ohio Annual Conference. Dayton, Ohio.
- Integrating Students with Their Learning and Their Learning Communities, February 2001. Presented with Mr. Judson Elliot from Baldwin-Wallace University as session on how technology can be used to build online learning communities with the college students in your courses. Delivered at the annual State Technology Conference. Columbus, Ohio.
Recent Juried National
- Knowledge Transference: From skill to innovation - What our student e-portfolios tell us. March 2009. Co-presented this research paper at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education’s 20th International Conference in Charleston, SC with Michael Gordon, GSU. Dr. Pam Guimond from GSU was also a co-researcher on this paper.
- Pre-service Teacher Dispositions – Habits of Heart: How do these translate into Habits of Mind for teaching in a Digital World? March 2008. Presented this research paper at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education's 19th International Conference.
- One to One Technology - Will training lead to Innovations? March 2007. Co-presented with Mr. Mike Gordon, GSU Adjunct at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education's 18th International Conference.
- Faculty Use of Handhelds in Higher Education: Three Years of Study. March 2006. Co-presented with Dr. Teresa Franklin from Ohio University during a paper session for the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education’s 17th International Conference.
- Palming Around in Ohio: Using the Palm in Higher Education. June 2004, at the Annual National Educational Computing Conference in New Orleans, LA. Co-presented with Dr. Teresa Franklin from Ohio University, Dr. Tim Best, Project Director and Dr. Roderick Chu, Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents.
- College is in the Palm of My Hand: Using PDA’s in Teacher Education. March 2004. Co-presented with Dr. Teresa Franklin during a paper session for the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference – a division of the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. Out of over 1200 submitted papers, with 600 selected for presentation, this paper was one of 22 recognized with an Outstanding Paper Award. Atlanta, Georgia.
- Palm Pilot Training for Higher Education Faculty, February 2003. Co-presented with Dr. Teresa Franklin a workshop for 20 professors from the College of Education at Ohio University a session on how to use the Palm Pilot for teaching and learning in college courses. Athens, Ohio.
- Project Learning Tree – Facilitator Training, July 2002. Served as co-instructor with the State PLT Coordinator, in one-day training for K-16 educators and environmental leaders on how to conduct workshops on the use of the Environmental Education Resource – Project Learning Tree. Columbus, Ohio.
- Series One – Ohio SchoolNet Telecommunity, June/July 1998. Co-developed training materials for statewide use and delivered presentations at three sites on creating a vision for distance education at the K-12 level. Chillicothe, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio.
- Effective Science Teaching, September-October, 1993. Co-presented with Dr. Ralph Martin a series of workshops to elementary teachers from the Meigs Local School District, Pomeroy, Ohio.
- Martin, Ralph, Colleen M. Sexton, Teresa Franklin, with Jack Gerlovich and Dennis McElroy (2009, 5th Ed. – 1994, 1st Ed.). Teaching Science for ALL Children. Boston: Pearson Education/Allyn and Bacon. College elementary through middle school science teaching methods textbook, approx 600 pp.
- Martin, Ralph, Colleen M. Sexton, Teresa Franklin, with Jack Gerlovich and Dennis McElroy. (2009, 4th Ed. – 1998, 1st Ed.). Science for all Children: Methods for constructing understanding. Boston, MA: Pearson Education/Allyn & Bacon. College science methods and content textbook targeting the elementary and middle school grades, approx. 400 pages.
- Martin, Ralph. Colleen M. Sexton and Teresa Franklin (2005, 3rd Ed. – 1999, 1st Ed.). Science for all children: Lessons for constructing understanding. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon. A science trade book, approx. 265 pages.
- Martin, Ralph and Colleen M. Sexton (2009, 5th Ed. – 1994, 1st Ed.). Teaching Science for All Children, Instructor’s Manual with PowerPoint presentation package and Companion Website. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, approx. 301 pp.
Refereed Journal Articles
- Sexton, Colleen. (2008). Pre-service Teacher Dispositions – Habits of Heart: How do these translate to Habits of Mind for teaching in a Digital World? In K. McFerrin et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2008 (pp. 5318-5325). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
- Franklin, Teresa and Colleen M. Sexton (2007). PDAs in Teacher Education: A Case Study Examining Mobile Technology Integration. The Journal of Technology and Teacher Education: 15 (1), 39-57. This paper also won a paper presentation award at the 15th Annual Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education Conference in Atlanta, Ga in 2004.
- Sexton, Colleen & Michael Gordon. (2007). One-to-one Technology – Will Training Lead to Innovation?. In C. Crawford et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2007 (pp. 944-951). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
- Sexton, Colleen M. (October, 2002). Interactivity in a Distance Learning Environment. What is it? How do we know we have it? What’s the Value Added? The Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology (Egitim Fakultesi Dergisi), an international journal printed in Turkish and English, for Instructional Technology professors and their students. It is published four times a year through Sakarya University, Adapazzari, Turkey. The TOJET can be accessed at: http://www.tojet.sakarya.edu.tr
- Sexton, Colleen M. and John Belland. (1997). An Opportunity for Visual Literacy in the K-4 Classrooms of Ohio. Journal for International Visual Literacy.
- Sexton, Colleen M. Michael G. Flemister and Bonnie Beach. (1993). Appalachian Distance Learning Project: A National Demonstration Project in Collaborative Education Reform. EDJournal, 7 (4), pp. J-20 - J-22.
- Sexton, Colleen M. (1989). Get Your Hands on a Visiting Scientist: Designing and Implementing Activity Based Science Programs. Science Education in Ohio, 5 (1), pp. 44-58.
- Appointed Member of the Illinois Higher Education Public Agenda Task Force, March 2008 - present. Task force consisted of representatives from higher education, IBHE, state legislators, community college presidents and board members. The Public Agenda for Illinois Higher Education is a planning blueprint for the State of Illinois to direct state policies and resources to the higher education and career needs of Illinois residents and to address the current and future economic needs of the state.
- Chair of the Educational Issues and Academic Excellence Committee for University Professionals of Illinois. Duties include organizing monthly meetings of the statewide committee to address issues that affect teaching in higher education. Member since 2004, served as chair from July 2007 – November, 2008.
- Advisor to Palos School District 118 Science Curriculum Committee. Served as an advisor on science curriculum issues. Duties included meetings from Jan – March 2007 with Dr. Margaret Johnson, Curriculum Supervisor for the District.
- Consultant for School Technology Services, Inc., Winter 2006. Served as project evaluator for the development and delivery of a ten week professional development project for the Lyons Township High School District 204 teachers on the use of Tablet Computers in the classroom.
- Consultant and Instructor for the Lawrence County Science Academy, 2003-2004 academic year. Professional Development opportunity for 40 teachers in grades 4 through 8 representing each district within Lawrence County, Ohio. Co-developed a yearlong professional development opportunity designed to: 1) inform teachers of state and national science and technology standards; 2) instruct teachers on how to use district data to target weak achievement areas and to use that information in the development of teaching units to improve upon those weaknesses; 3) share strategies on how to develop effective, standards based, student centered lessons; 4) critically review written plans prior to implementation and to use the Japanese Lesson Study strategy in the implementation of those lessons.
- Consultant and Instructor for The Count Meets Mr. Wizard – Ohio University Lancaster Regional Campus and Ohio University Chillicothe Regional Campus, 2003-2004 academic years. Served as consultant in the development of each of the Ohio Board of Regents Improving Teacher Quality Grants (ITQ) submitted by the directors for Adult Learning and Continuing Education at each Regional Campus. Once funding was awarded served as co-instructor for the courses offered through the grant.
- Friends of the Libraries at Ohio University – Honors for the publication of Teaching Science for ALL Children, 4th ed.; Teaching Science for ALL Children - Lessons for Constructing Understanding,3rdd edition.; and Teaching Science for ALL Children Methods for Constructing Understanding, 3rd edition , April 21, 2005.
- Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education – Outstanding Paper Award– for College is in the Palm of My Hand: Using PDA’s in Teacher Education, at the 15th International Conference, March 2004.
- Friends of the Libraries at Ohio University – Honors for the publication of Teaching Science for ALL Children Lessons for Constructing Understanding, 2nd edition, April 8, 2003.
- Friends of the Libraries at Ohio University – Honors for the publication of Teaching Science for ALL Children Methods for Constructing Understanding, 2nd edition, April 16, 2002.
- Friends of the Libraries at Ohio University – Honors for the publication of Teaching Science for ALL Children, 3rd edition, April 3, 2001.
- National Outstanding Educator, 1998. Project Learning Tree – an internationally recognized Environmental Education Program.
- Ohio Outstanding Educator, 1997. Project Learning Tree – an internationally recognized Environmental Education Program.