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July 16, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Google picks SRU’s Joanne Leight for technology academy

Joanne Leight, Slippery Rock University associate professor of physical education, is one of 50 educators from around the world to be accepted to the July 24-25 Google Teacher Academy in Chicago. Leight will become a Google Certified Teacher.

The free, professional development conference gives primary and secondary educators hands-on experience with the latest Google products and technology in order to more fully incorporate technology into teaching strategies.

After the conference, Leight will develop a “personal action plan” and provide ongoing input for Google’s certified teachers online community.

Leight was accepted into the program after submitting and online form and posting a one-minute video to YouTube on the importance of technology in physical education pedagogy. Leight uses iPads in her classes and has been an advocate for the modern classroom.

Leight, who received her bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from SRU in 1987 and a master’s degree in physical education in 1990. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership at Duquesne University. She serves on numerous technology-related committees and is the technology editor for the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She is the technology chair for the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.