Consulting

Michael R. Mosall II (contact)

      I graduated from Union College in 2000 with a Bachelors degree in Political Science.  I received a second bachelors degree in Visual Art and Digital Imaging in 2003 from S.U.N.Y Albany. While working towards my Visual Art degree, I spent the better part of five years at Union College in the photography area as a photography lab technician where I assisted in the day to day guidance of beginning, intermediate, advanced, and independently studying photography students with general to specific photography related questions. It was this experience that encouraged me to pursue a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree and New York Certification from Union Graduate College in 2005. I have been a Social Studies Teacher at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School since September 2005.
     As a teacher, I strongly believe that incorporating emerging technologies and varying teaching methodology is extremely important in the classroom. I spend a great deal of time thinking about how students learn and how to best capture the attention of the 21st century student. Projects like Econ Island demonstrate this commitment to alternative methodology and higher level thinking opportunities for my students.

Brad Thomas (contact)
      I began teaching Introduction to Sociology classes in 1994 at
Syracuse University where I was a graduate student in the Sociology Department of the Maxwell School of Citizenship. After completing my Ph.D. coursework in 1997 (and picking up an M.A. in Sociology on the way), I worked as a substitute teacher in the Albany City School District for two years. Fascinated by the world of schools, I enrolled in Union Graduate College in 1999 to obtain a New York State Teaching Certificate (Social Studies 7-12) and an M.A.T. I have been a Social Studies Teacher at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School since September 2000.
     I consider my classroom an ever-evolving laboratory. I enjoy applying my skills as a social scientist to the study of both schools as institutions and students as learners. Since I am a working teacher, my discoveries and insights as a social scientist can be applied almost immediately in my daily lessons. As the world changes, the kids will change with it -- and so will my teaching.

Talks/Workshops:
-- The Power of Academic Simulations (inquire)
-- Blackboard: How to combine on- and off-line teaching (
inquire)

-- Programmed Instruction: Programming PowerPoint slideshows using Visual Basic for Applications (inquire)

-- The Digital Teacher: Pedagogy Beyond Paper (inquire)

-- Teaching with Still and Moving Images (photos and movie making) (inquire)

-- Digital collaboration: Work with colleagues anywhere/anytime using Google Docs (inquire)

-- Teacher as Artist (inquire)

-- Teacher as Social Scientist (inquire)

-- Free Computing -- Linux, Open Source and OtherFree Software (inquire)

-- Teaching Outside the Box: Moving Instruction Out of Your Classroom (inquire)