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Gary has made his second book Efficacious Technology Management: A Guide for School Leaders available through Creative Commons. Download it at http://www.hackscience.net/etm

Gary's pictureGary Ackerman has a long and extensive career in education. He began his career teaching middle school science and math, and was frequently using computers with his students. Within a few years, he was the "technology-guru" in the schools where he worked and accepted increasing responsibility for technology planning and training. Gary's duties have included co-teaching primary school classes, teaching calculus-based physics, supporting online and hybrid learning, and managing enterprise information systems for schools.

Currently, Gary serves as the flexible pathways coordinator for a K-12 school in Vermont. In that role, he helps students include college courses, workforce training, internships, independent studies, and similar activities into their high school experience.

Gary has provided leadership for a wide range of committees and groups, including the Technology Committee and the Board of Directors of both the New England League of Middle Schools and the Vermont Information Technology Association for the Advancement of Learning. In recent years, Gary has provided leadership for the New England Educational Research Organization. Further, Gary's writing has appeared in several publications, and he has authored two books on educational technology; his second book became available under a Creative Commons license in late 2017; his first book was published by University Press of America in 2015.

> Gary's resume is available on HackScience.net
> Gary's curriculum vitae is also available on HackScience.net
> Part of Gary's story as a stroke survivor is on the UVM Medical Center web site

Ackerman, G. (2018). Efficacious technology management: A guide for school leaders. Rutland, VT: author.
(This work in licensed under a Creative Commons license. It is available at: http://www.hackscience.net/etm.

Ackerman, G. (in press). Open source online learning in rural communities. In I. Bouchrika, N. Harrati, & P. Vu. Handbook of research on learner experience and usability in online education. Hershey, PA: IGI-Global, Inc.

Member of the editorial board for M. Grassetti & S. Brookby (eds.). Advancing next-generation elementary teacher education through digital tools and applications. Hershey, PA: IGI-Global, Inc.

Ackerman, G. (2017). Strategies to increase technology acceptance. In M. Grassetti & S. Brookby (eds.). Advancing next-generation elementary teacher education through digital tools and applications. Hershey, PA: IGI-Global, Inc.

Ackerman, G. (2015). Technology-rich instruction: Classrooms in the 21st century. Lantham, MD: University Press of America.

Ackerman, G. (2014). Turning the flipped classroom upside-down. AMLE Magazine 1(8), 44-5.

Ackerman, G. (2013). Flipped with purpose: Refreshing technology in classrooms. West Rutland, VT: author.

Ackerman, G. (2011 March 8). Bridging 21st century gaps: An essay review of Mehlenbacher's Technology and instruction. Education Review, 14(8).

Ackerman, G. (2011 January 27). Review of Wisdom: From philosophy to neuroscience by Stephen S. Hall. Education Review, 13.

Ackerman, G. (2010 September 21). Review of The shallows: What the Internet is doing to our brains by Nicholas Carr. Education Review, 13.

Ackerman, G. (2010 August). Brief review of Digital habitats: Stewarding technology for communities by John Smith, Etienne Wenger, E., & Nancy White. Education Review.

Ackerman, G. (2010 August). Brief review of Hanging out, messing about, and geeking out: Kids living and learning with media by Mizuko Ito. Education Review.

Ackerman, G. (2010). Technology in your classroom: Habits, skills, and knowledge for the 21st century educator. West Rutland, VT: author.

Ackerman, G. (2010 May). Brief review of Rewired: Understanding the igeneration and the way they learn by Larry Rosen. Education Review.

Ackerman, G. (2010). Starting line 2010: Essential information technology skills for educators. West Rutland, VT: HackScience.

Ackerman, G. (2010 March). Brief review of 21st century skills: Learning for life in our times by Bernie Trilling and Charles Fadel. Education Review.

Ackerman, G. (2010 January) Brief review of The nature of technology by W. Brian Arthur. Education Review.

Ackerman, G. (2009). The new starting line: 30 essential technology skills for the 21st century educator. Rutland, VT: Rutland Central Supervisory Union.

Ackerman, G. (2009 June). Brief review of iBrain: Surviving the technological alteration of the modern mind by Gary Small and Gigi Vorgan. Education Review.

Ackerman, G. (2009 February). Brief review of Brain and culture by Bruce Wexler. Education Review.

Ackerman, G. (2008 October). Brief review of Disrupting class: How disruptive innovation will change the way the world learns by Clayton Christenson, Curtis Johnson, and Michael Horn. Education Review.

Ackerman, G. (2008. How I spent My summer: Life teaches a teacher. Journal of the New England League of Middle Schools, 19(1), 5-7.

Ackerman, G. (2006). Technology for Turning Points. Journal of the New England League of Middle Schools, 18(1), 22-6.

Ackerman, G. (ed.). (2002). Electronic personal development collections: A resource CD for educators. Rutland, VT: Rutland Region Education Collaborative.

Ackerman, G. (2017). Technology for diverse assessment. Paper presented at the annual conference of Association for Educational Communication and Technology, Jacksonville, Florida, USA, November 2017.
Ful paper

Ackerman, G. (2016, April). The application of technology acceptance to educational design. Paper presented at the annual conference of the New England Education Research Organization, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA.
Presentation

Ackerman, G. (2015, November). Avoiding red herrings: Technology support that works. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Educational Communication and Technology, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

Ackerman, G. (2012, May). Measuring technology acceptance in K-12 education: Adapting an instrument. Paper presented at the annual conference of the New England Education Research Organization, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA.

Ackerman, G. (2009). Information technology in the K-12 classroom: Curriculum and instruction reflecting emerging capacity and paradigms. Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral University, Prescott Valley, AZ.

Ackerman, G. (2007). Basic technology survey: A protocol for documenting educators' essential technology abilities. Unpublished manuscript, Northcentral University, Prescott Valley, Arizona, USA.

Ackerman, G. (2003). Online learning environments for southwestern Vermont: A framework for planning and initial endeavors. Unpublished manuscript, School of Computer and Information Sciences, Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

Ackerman, G. (2000). School technology planning in southwestern Vermont. Master's thesis, Castleton State College, Castleton, Vermont, USA.

Ackerman, G. (2000). Gathering meaningful data in middle schools. Paper presented at the annual conference of the New England League of Middle School, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

Ackerman, G. (1999). Interviewing to understand technology. Unpublished manuscript, Education Department, Castleton State College, Castleton, Vermont, USA.

Ackerman, G. (1987). The effects of pruning on lateral growth of Pinus resinosa. Unpublished manuscript, Botany Department, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, USA.

Training to Education: Supporting New Instructors
Massachusetts Colleges Online Annual Conference, Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA, June 2016

Avoiding Red Herrings: Technology Support that Works
Virtual Learning Environments: An Essential Infrastructure
New England League of Middle Schools, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, April 2016

Avoiding Red Herrings: Technology Support that Works
Association for Educational Communication and Technology, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, November 2015

Flipped with Purpose
New England League of Middle Schools Annual Conference, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, April 2014

Flipping with Purpose: Refreshing Technology for Classrooms
Association of Middle Level Educators Annual Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, November 2013

Flipping with Purpose: Beyond Video Instruction
Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium, Hamden, Connecticut, USA, June 2013

Active Learning at a Distance
Massachusetts Colleges Online Annual Conference, Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USA, June 2013

Measuring Technology Acceptance in K-12 Educators: Adapting an Instrument
New England Educational Research Organization Annual Conference, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA, May 2012

Reframing Classrooms for Technology
Technology Acceptance: Overcoming Barriers
Educational Technology: A Looming Mid-Life Crisis?
Technology Accpetance: Overcoming Barriers
New England League of Middle Schools Annual Conference, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, April 2012

Becoming Janus in the Digital World
Association for Teacher Educators, San Antonio, Texas, USA, February 2012

Older Presentations:

Technology Trends
Digital Learners: The First Generation was Just Practice
Technology in Schools: A Wicked Problem
New England League of Middle Schools Annual Conference, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, April 2011

The End of Integration... Wait...What?
Vermont Information Technology Association for the Advancement of Learning, VermontFest, Killington, Vermont, USA, November 2010

That Light is a Train: Emerging Technology Trends
Vermont Information Technology Association for the Advancement of Learning, Dynamic Landscapes, Burlington, Vermont, USA, May 2010

Relevant Curriculum in the 21st Century
Preparing Middle School Students for Distance Learning
New England League of Middle Schools Technology Summit, Sturbridge, Massachusetts, USA, October 2009

Cyberbullying
That Light is a Train: Emerging Technology Trends
Distance Learning in Middle Schools
New England League of Middle Schools Annual Conference, Providence, Rhode Island USA, April 2009

Middle School Classroom 2.0
New England League of Middle Schools Tri-State Conference, Keene, New Hampshire, USA, October 2008

My Computer Can Do That?
New England League of Middle Schools Annual Conference, Providence, Rhode Island USA, April 2008

Open Source Software
Online Courses
Vermont Principals Association Small School Conference, September 2007

Leading in a Wired World (co-presenter)
New England League of Middle Schools Annual Conference, April 2007

Using Technology to Promote the Unified Arts
New England League of Middle Schools Unified Arts Conference, October 2006

Technology: What To Do If You Don't Have Enough (co-presenter)
New England League of Middle Schools Annual Conference, April 2006

Technology In the Middle School Classrooms
Technology-Rich Science Show & Tell
New England League of Middle Schools Annual Conference, April 2005

Intranets: A Tool for Modern Middle Schools
New England League of Middle Schools Tri-State Conference, October 2005

Creating a (Technology-Rich) Collecting Culture
New England League of Middle Schools Annual Conference, April 2004

Keeping It Middle School When Your School Isn't
Vermont Middle Grades Institute, June 2003

Preparing Powerful Portfolios
New England League of Middle Schools Annual Conference, April 2003

Components of a Manual for Practitioners
New England League of Middle Schools Annual Conference, April 2002

Electronic Portfolios in the Unified Arts Curriculum
New England League of Middle Schools Unified Arts Conference, October 2002

Capstone Initiative (co-presenter)
Vermont Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Conference, October 2000

Gathering Meaningful Data in Middle Schools
New England League of Middle Schools Annual Conference, April 2000

Using Qualitative Research Methods to Enhance Our Teaching (co-presenter)
New England Education Research Organization Annual Conference, May 1998

Gary is currently:
> The Flexible Pathways Coordinator at the Windsor School in Windsor, Vermont
> An adjunct faculty member at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, MA
> Expanding his consulting practice

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the cover of Efficacious Technology Management