Professor Devon Duhaney is convinced that in our media-rich society of Internet access, cell phones and iPods, technology has a place in the classroom.
"I'm concerned about the way in which we integrate a variety of technology into the teaching process," said Professor Duhaney, who teaches instructional technology courses in the Department of Secondary Education at SUNY New Paltz.
Professor Duhaney believes that rather than using "technology for technology's sake," teachers need to learn more about, and be comfortable with how to use technology in the classroom. He feels they must also recognize that different students learn better using different media, and that recognizing those differences and working with them is important.
"Students pay more attention when you work with what they're interested in," said Professor Duhaney.
When it comes to his own students, Professor Duhaney gives them hands-on projects to stimulate their interests in the subject matter and shows and discusses both positive and negative views about technology integration in the classroom.
In addition to working with his own secondary education students, Professor Duhaney is the project director for the Science Technology Entry Program (STEP). STEP is a state-funded program at SUNY New Paltz that brings underrepresented and economically disadvantaged high school students from six districts to campus one Saturday a month for workshops to develop their interest in the math and sciences. Professor Duhaney and the project staff work with the students to encourage them to enter these fields in college, he said.
Why New Paltz? Professor Duhaney feels New Paltz is "a vibrant community of scholars.
Hobbies: Broadcasting, reading, listening to music and singing
Inspired by: His family
Publications & Research: Professor Duhaney is currently working with a colleague on a new publication. He has done and continues to do research on the integration of technology in the classroom and teacher education.
Little-known fact: Professor Duhaney enjoys singing