Bonnie Thurber

Bonnie Thurber, Programs and Professional Development Specialist for the Collaboratory Project has changed hats. While her major interest is still Online Collaborative Learning Environments for K-20, her work focus has shifted from K12 to University Faculty Support.  

Video of Bonnie Thurber talking about the Collaboratory Nexus, soon to be in iCollaboratory-Google Sites

April 1, 2008, Bonnie joined the Faculty Support Services group in Northwestern University's Academic and Research Technologies (ART) and has quickly become an integral part of the Faculty Support Services team.

Before joining ART, Bonnie was responsible for programs and professional development at the Collaboratory Project where she worked with K-12 teachers and administrators to support teachers as they created and managed engaging, standards-aligned, collaborative projects for their students using the Collaboratory. Bonnie also developed and facilitated online courses, presentations and workshops.

While at the Collaboratory, she initiated the Sponsored Projects program. The first project, "Kid-made Toys" had 600 student participants. Her final Sponsored Project, "National Poetry Month," had 6000 K-12 student participants.

For the past five years, Bonnie has instructed an Online Writing Workshop course as part of the Center for Talent Development Gifted Learning Links Program. Bonnie co-authored a book, Literacy Learning in Networked Classrooms: Using the Internet with Middle Level Students, based on what was learned from her online writing workshop.

Bonnie has served as president of the Illinois Computing Educators, Co-chair of the NECC 2001, a National Educational Computing Conference, and an ISTE Board member. She is currently an assistant director of Kidlink, a Global Network for Youth.

In her Pre-NU life, Bonnie was a tenured Faculty Member at National-Louis University in the National College of Education. She was a preK-8 Technology Coordinator and Computer Teacher. In her pre-Chicago life, Bonnie lived in the San Francisco Bay Area where she was a classical Ballet dancer and teacher and a mother of two children.

Bonnie likes to travel and has presented at numerous conferences in person and via video conferencing in North America, South America, Australia, Europe and Asia. She also likes to swim, read books, develop data driven web pages, support Collaboratory users, go to movies and talk online with local and international friends.