Tapped In Member Perspectives: Meet Nancy Haas
Nancy Haas (NancyWH online) is a
technology resource teacher in San Juan Capistrano, California
and teaches Technology and Career Exploration to 9th graders at Aliso Niguel High School.
She has been a member of TAPPED IN since she joined in Summer 1998 as a graduate student in
Pepperdine University's Online Masters in Educational Technology.
Nancy loves to snuggle up with a feline, chocolate chip cookies and a cup of hot java.
She rejuvenates with shiatsu deep tissue massage and is eager to learn it - after she completes her
Master's! Her excitement about the possibilities that TAPPED IN can open to colleagues in her
district are apparent in her Perspective ...
TAPPED IN Bridges the Gap
With the recent reduction and elimination of release days for professional growth in California,
the staff development department of Capistrano U.S.D. was faced with the challenge of providing
4500 teachers over an area of 195 square miles with quality professional development. The district
decided to schedule workshops around the school year in the areas of technology, curriculum,
literacy and standards and provide a financial incentive for teachers to attend. I saw these
workshops as an opportunity to demonstrate how TAPPED IN can help teachers develop their own
community of practice.
The resource people at TAPPED IN, including Terry Gray, Hulda Nystrom, and Judi Fusco, assisted
me in planning and presenting two sessions for a Saturday workshop. My first objective was for my
colleagues to feel comfortable with the environment; my primary goal was to introduce them to the
resources available at this site. By keeping the number of participants small, I was able to provide
support for those who had never experienced a MOO or MUVE. Once all had logged in, I asked them to
tell me something about themselves, their school and their classes. I then provided them with a
list of activities and resources for foreign languages, English, math, science and history that are
available in TAPPED IN.
At the conclusion of the workshop I asked participants to complete a survey of their level of
technology, their impression of the experience, and how they might use this resource at their
schools. The responses were overwhelmingly positive, yet only one teacher has since pursued
the use of TAPPED IN.
According to Dr. Talley, whom we encountered at the Connect School Conference in Anaheim,
providing sustained support and innovation, legitimate resources, feedback, functionality,
and expert help are some of the key elements found in an effective staffing agenda. My workshop
did not provide all of these components, but I realized that just as I had been mentored in
learning to use TAPPED IN, I in turn needed to mentor my colleagues. To this end I've started
a newsletter, "The Capo Tech Times", to introduce my colleagues to ideas and pedagogy relating
I am also working with our district's technology mentor teachers and the Director of Technology
Instruction Services to bridge the barriers of time and distance using TAPPED IN to facilitate
communication among them. This approach will enable us to access the support, innovation,
resources, feedback, functionality, and expert help recommended by Dr. Sue Talley of Pepperdine
University to promote an environment of "sustained cognitive and interactive support", of which
TAPPED IN is a key component.
See Nancy's proposal for the
TAPPED IN event.
See the Agenda for the visit to TAPPED IN