Nacy Logan relaxing between classesI remember my first introduction to a computer.  I must have been 13-years old. The big blue behemoth took up an entire room.  My uncle wanted it to be an interesting experience so instead of just showing me this machine with whirring reels of tape and blinking lights he ran a game.  It was a role-playing game.  The computer set the stage by typing out a brief description of where we were and what we were doing.  It then typed out a question.  I answered the question and we were off . . . so to speak.  It was a far cry from the games of today.  The only sound was that of huge fans spinning to cool the huge machines. Nevertheless, this computer, with its low-tech gaming, captured my imagination. I knew someday, somehow I would be working with computers.

My chosen field of technology requires constant learning. I have kept up to date by reading periodicals and online journals from Fast Company to Tech Republic.  I have educated myself with on-line tutorials like Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro, Blender, GIMP and other software. I am constantly researching new ideas and taking continuing education classes such as Microsoft Access, Internet Security, and PHP.

My traditional and on-going education has allowed me to wear many hats in the IT world - programmer, auditor, technician, teacher, and web developer.  Today, I would like to combine all my proficiencies and use them to incite a love for learning.  I believe I can best do that by helping instructors, who are proficient in their own areas of expertise, provide more engaging learning environments for their students.

To take my career to the next level I returned to school to obtain a Master's Degree in Instructional Technology. As a graduate student, I began to delve deeply into pedagogy and learned how to use technology to create engaging learning experiences. Now, how do I help educators make their curriculum “come alive” in their electronic classrooms? I relish the opportunity to do so in a way that makes a person’s learning – whether it is for personal improvement, professional enrichment, or standard academic requirements - become deep, lasting, and meaningful.

Working toward my graduate degree has given me the skills, knowledge and strong educational theory, to ensure that I have the tools needed to allow my imagination to soar and create educational programs which have the potential to unlock the imagination and unleash the human potential of learners. Being a part of the educational experience will be the greatest professional challenge of my lifetime.