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Abramson, Gertrude
Nova Southeastern University
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Gertrude (Trudy) Abramson began her career in computer education more than 40 years ago. In 1980, she started the first community college computer studies program in the US. In 1985, she completed three graduate degrees at Teachers College, Columbia University culminating in an Ed.D. in Communications, Computing and Technology in Education. She was an assistant professor at Baruch College, CUNY and an associate professor at William Paterson College of New Jersey. In 1994, she was hired as professor, computing technology in education at the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (GSCIS) at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Florida.

In her 20 years at NSU, she has mentored more than 100 candidates through the dissertation process. In 2009, one of her illustrious graduates, Wayne Brown, PhD, endowed the Trudy Abramson Scholarship Fund for Excellence in Doctoral Studies in Computing Technology in Education at NSU. In 2012, she was selected as the first Professor of the Year, in recognition of significant contributions to research, scholarship and exceptional instruction at GSCIS, NSU. Her current research areas are under the umbrella of information systems, largely technology-supported development and implementation in healthcare, government, the armed forces, and higher education.

She has maintained an active professional presence as a writer, presenter, and member of the academic community. Since 1989, she has presented at the winter and summer conferences of the Society for Applied Learning Technology (SALT) and was elected to the Board of Directors in 1998. At the August 2004 conference, she delivered the keynote address. Other long-time professional associations include ACM (Association of Computing Machinery), ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education), and AACE (American Association of Computer Education). She is a reviewer for IJEL (International Journal of Electronic Learning), an AACE publication.

Trudy served as editor in chief of HyperNexus: Journal of Hypermedia and Multimedia Studies from 1995 through 1999. In 1998, she was appointed executive editor of the Journal of Instruction Delivery Systems and in 2011, assumed the executive editorship of the Journal of Applied Learning Technology.

Her primary community service is with AMIT, an organization with which she has been involved most of her life. Currently, she is education co-vice president, Southeast Region, a member of the National Board of Governors and of the President’s Circle. AMIT is a network of more than 100 schools, youth villages, and surrogate family residences in Israel. It is the only government-recognized network of religious Jewish education incorporating academic and technological studies.

Since 1985, she has reviewed for Computing Reviews. Among her prized possessions is a mug awarded to her almost 30 years ago. One side reads: Computing Reviews. The Critical Source. The other: Reviewer Excellence 1986. ACM, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc.

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  Learning and teaching mathematics in the global village: math education in the digital age
Danesi M.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2016. 185 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319322-78-0)

Readers who follow my reviews are aware that I seldom wax poetic. This book is one of the very best to address what teaching and learning mathematics should be in the age of connected technology. It is written to inform, not to impress....

Oct 19 2016  
  Improving computer science education
Kadijevich D., Angeli C., Schulte C.,  Routledge, New York, NY, 2013. 168 pp. Type: Book (978-0-415645-37-9), Reviews: (1 of 2)

Before one can improve computer science (CS) education, it is important to specify what is involved. To address the issue, I visited the Computer Science Teachers’ Association (CSTA) K-12 Computer Science Standards. Here are two quoted passa...

May 24 2016  
   Research on e-Learning and ICT in education: technological, pedagogical and instructional perspectives
Karagiannidis C., Politis P., Karasavvidis I.,  Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, New York, NY, 2014. 314 pp. Type: Book (978-1-461465-00-3)

This book is another professional entry from Springer. It is well organized and carefully edited. It contains seven parts and 19 chapters. The chapters are the best peer-reviewed papers from the Eighth Panhellenic Conference on Information and Com...

Feb 5 2015  
  A conceptual design model for CBT development: a NATO case study
Kok A.  Education and Information Technologies 19(1): 193-207, 2014. Type: Article

The idea of examining the design of a computer-based training (CBT) product for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is attractive. However, very little is presented about the unique needs of NATO personnel or how these needs would be add...

May 7 2014  
  Adaptive technologies for training and education
Durlach P., Lesgold A.,  Cambridge University Press, New York, NY, 2012. 440 pp. Type: Book (978-0-521769-03-7)

Adaptive training technologies, as per the editors, are those that adapt to the needs of the learner. An alternative adjective found in the literature is “intelligent.” What makes a technology adaptive or intelligent is its ability to ...

Aug 3 2012  
  Assessment and teaching of 21st century skills
Griffin P., McGaw B., Care E.,  Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, New York, NY, 2011. 360 pp. Type: Book (978-9-400723-23-8)

This book about assessment reform is the collective output of a year of effort by five international working groups under the umbrella organization Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills (ATC21S) at the University of Melbourne. The initiat...

Jun 26 2012  
   Guide to teaching computer science: an activity-based approach
Hazzan O., Lapidot T., Ragonis N.,  Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, New York, NY, 2011. 285 pp. Type: Book (978-0-857294-42-5)

This book is directed at those who teach computer science (CS) in high schools or undergraduate classrooms. An essential assumption is that the reader has a command of the subject matter. The authors are all from Israel, and together represent thr...

Sep 22 2011  
  SubSafe: a games-based training system for submarine safety and spatial awareness (Part 1)
Stone R., Caird-Daley A., Bessell K.  Virtual Reality 13(1): 3-12, 2009. Type: Article

This very interesting, readable paper is just half a story. It ends with a promise to fully present the experimental design and the “results of the knowledge transfer trials and usability assessments” in a second paper. Nevertheless, w...

Jul 22 2009  
  The influence of ICT on the interactivity of teaching
Beauchamp G., Kennewell S.  Education and Information Technologies 13(4): 305-315, 2008. Type: Article

The paper appeared in the journal’s special issue on the role of information and communication technology (ICT) in valuing individual and shared learning. It is an exemplary piece of writing that captures the essence of teaching, technology ...

May 4 2009  
  Learning to program with Alice (Brief ed.)
Dann W., Cooper S., Pausch R.,  Prentice-Hall, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2006. 160 pp. Type: Book (9780132397759)

Alice is a visual, object-based introduction to object-oriented (OO) programming. This textbook includes a CD containing the full version of Alice 2.0. Alice was written by a team at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), headed by Randy...

May 23 2008  
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