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Ira David Socol

Research and Teaching Assistant

Michigan State University

 

176 Erickson Hall

CEPSE

East Lansing, MI  48824

socolira@msu.edu

1352 East Pointe Ridge

Holland, MI 49423

irasocol@gmail.com

616.204.0296

 

 

Areas of interest: social constructions of literacy; social constructions of disability; universal design for learning; universal design technology; comparative constructions of democracy; comparative educational history; disability studies; postcolonial theories; critical postmodern theories; philosophies of education; heritage languages; theories of technology development; new media and democracy; new media and education; English literature; Irish literature; microfiction; football (soccer).

 
EDUCATION

 

Doctoral Program, 2005-present

 

 

Michigan State University

Special Education Technology

 Advisor: Cynthia Okolo

Certification in Assistive Technology, 2002

 

California State University - Northridge

Assistive Technology Applications Program

 

Certification in Employment Training, 2002

 

Michigan State University

Employment Training Specialist Program

 

Bachelor of Arts, 2000

 

 

Grand Valley State University

Criminal Justice/Juvenile Justice

Cognate in Educational Psychology

 

Certification as Police Officer, 1983

 

 

New York City Police Academy
State University of New York

 

Undergraduate Studies, 1978-1982

 

 

Pratt Institute, School of Architecture

Architecture

 

Undergraduate Studies, 1978

 

Parsons School of Design – The New School

Architecture and Interior Design

 

Undergraduate Studies, 1975

 

 

College at Purchase

State University of New York

Art and Film

 

Undergraduate Studies, 1973-1977

 

 

Michigan State University

Studio Art

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE           

 

Michigan State University              Teaching Assistant/Instructor 2007-                        

·               Special Education Students in the Regular Education Classroom (CEP 452)

Michigan State University              Teaching Assistant/Instructor 2009-                        

·               Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms (CEP 842)

Grand Valley State University              Adjunct Faculty 1994-1996, 2006          

·               Assistive Technology – online course (EDS 621) including design of curriculum

·               Lettering and Type (Art and Design Studio Course)

·               Introduction to Graphic Design (Art and Design Studio Course)

Pratt Institute – Manhattan Center              Instructor 1980-1981          

·               Introduction to Architectural Design (Studio Course)           

 

NON-TEACHING EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE           

 

Michigan State University            Research and Teaching Assistant, 2005-             

·    Developer of the Assistive Technology Demonstration Workstations for the College of Education.

·    Developer of learning program for Assistive Technology hardware and software (US Department of Education SETS grant).

·    National Center for Supported Electronic Text component research study in digital text comprehension – Principal Investigator.

·    Virtual History Museum – Accessibility Consultant. Instructor in Assistive Technology

Michigan’s Integrated Technology Supports            Research/Development/Trainer, 2009-             

·    Trainer in Universal Design and Assistive Technology Applications via live sessions and webinars.

·    Developer of Accessible Browser system in cooperation with Mozilla Corporation.

Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth/Rehabilitation Services           

                        Assistive Technology Consultant 2008-

·      Evaluation, technology selection, strategy development for agency customers.

·      Advisor to Assistive Technology Project.

Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth/Rehabilitation Services           

                        Assistive Technology Specialist 2003-2008            

·      Evaluation, technology selection, strategy development, training for agency customers.

·      Training for staff and counselors.

·      Development, maintenance, and research – Holland Assistive Technology Resource Laboratory.

·      Other assignments in transition and support for customers on Social Security.     


Heartside Ministry, Inc.            Information Technology Coordinator 2000-2002            

·      Novell 5.1.1 network design, development, installation and administration for homeless service agency.

·      Web site development, design, and weekly maintenance for 80-page plus site, including job search site that was used by multiple agencies.

·      Staff management and budget development for annual operations and $100,000 tech improvement fund.

·      Grant Writing, including successful bid for $75,000 towards $100,000 tech budget from Grand Rapids Foundation.

Grand Valley State University            Information Technology Consultant 1997-2000            

·      Research, design, installation, training and maintenance of Assistive Technology computer systems for multi-campus university.

·      Computer network consultant.

·      Network hardware consultant.

·      Learning Technology Support to K-12 school districts.     

Midwest Business Systems            Consultant/Trainer/Installer 1993-1997            

·      Installation, configuration, system development and staff training for Novell network, PC and Macintosh school computer systems.

Lake Michigan Examiner            Technology and Design Coordinator 1990-1995

·      Designed and installed computer pagination system.

·      Newspaper Redesign.

·      Editorial Page Editor.

Muskegon Lake Company            Designer 1988-1992

·      Graphic Designer.

New York City Police Department            Police Officer 1983-1988            

·      Police Officer.

·      Computer Database Developer.

·      Profiler.

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Articles

Greteman, A. and Socol, I. (2010). When Retards and Faggots do Teacher: Identity Politics and Their Subversion. In Jenkins, P. (Ed) (2010) Teacher Identity and the Struggle for Identity. Lanham, Maryland, Rowman and Littlefield.

Socol, I. (2007). For Troubled Students, More Protection, Not Less. Inside Higher Education. 20 April 2007. http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2007/04/20/socol

Socol, I. (2006). Stop Chasing, Start Learning From, High Tech Cheaters. Inside Higher Education. 25 May 2006. http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2006/05/25/socol

Bouck, E., Chin, H.Y., Courtad, C.A., Hunt, P., Meier, B., Okolo, C., Shankland, R., Socol, I., & Tian, J. (2006). Assistive Technology Survey:  Exemplary Uses and Barriers to Further Uses of Assistive Technology in Michigan’s Schools. Michigan IDEA Partnership, State Board of Education (Michigan).

Socol, I.  (2005). The Time is Now. Leading Change. Center for Educational Networking. Michigan.

Socol, I. (1992). Trained to Do Our Dirty Work. The New York Times, 2 May 1992, p. 23.

 

Books

Socol, I. (2007).  The Drool Room.  London:  River Foyle Press.

Socol, I. (2007).  A Certain Place of Dreams. Very Short Stories.  London: River Foyle Press

 
Short Stories

Socol, I.  (2005).  The Lenten Diaries.  Smokelong Eight. 15 March 2005. http://www.smokelong.com/flash/2091.asp

Socol, I.  (2000).  Au Sable Hall. Amaranthus, Grand Valley State University. Allendale, Michigan.

 

Blogs

Socol, I. (2005-present). SpeEdChange. Education and educational technology blog. http://speedchange.blogspot.com/ (29,000 unique hits from 117 nations in 2009)

Socol, I. (2005-present). The Narrator. Microfiction blog. http://americannarrator.blogspot.com/

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

 

Socol, I. “Cultural Institutions, Contemporary Learning, Universal Design.” New York Hall of Science invited presentation. Queens, New York, April 2010.

Socol, I. Toolbelt Theory 2.0: universal design through student tech choice.” Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference at California State University-Northridge,             San Diego, California, March 2010.

Socol, I. “Gramsci, Foucault, and liberation technology: shaping and activating the global learning space with social networking.” Comparative and International Education Society Conference, Chicago, March 2010.

Socol, I. “Creating Literacy at the Start: Text-To-Speech and Beginning Readers.” Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference, Chicago, Illinois, October 2009.

Socol, I. “The Global Education Learning Community: Twitter as Liberation Technology.” Comparative and International Education Society – Midwest Conference, Kent State University, Ohio, October 2009.

Socol, I. “FreeTech – Ubiquitous Tools as Individualized Supports.” Michigan Integrated Technology Supports Summer Teacher Institute, Traverse City, Michigan, June 2009.

Socol, I. Evaluating for Technology – Task Components and Task Solutions.” Michigan Integrated Technology Supports Summer Teacher Institute, Traverse City, Michigan, June 2009.

Socol, I. Toolbelt Theory for Everyone – Preparing for a Lifetime of Learning.” Michigan Integrated Technology Supports Summer Teacher Institute, Traverse City, Michigan, June 2009.

Socol, I. “Access to University Success for Dyslexic Students: Mobiles, Old Computers, and Free Software.” Computer Assisted Learning 2009, Brighton, England, United Kingdom, March 2009.

Socol, I. Text-to-Speech from the Start – A Primary Support for Lifespan Learning.” Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference at California State University-Northridge,       Los Angeles, California, March 2009.

Socol, I. Supporting Writing: Text-To-Speech and Spellcheck for All of Us.” Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference at California State University-Northridge,       Los Angeles, California, March 2009.

Socol, I. FreeTech – Ubiquitous Tools as Individualized Supports.” Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference at California State University-Northridge,       Los Angeles, California, March 2009.

Socol, I. “Ubiquitous Systems, Global Education, Universal Design.” Pac/Rim Conference on Education, Normal, Illinois, October 2008.

Socol, I. “Universal Design Technology, How to Embrace Toolbelt Theory.” Teaching and Technology Conference, East Lansing, Michigan, September 2008.

Socol, I. “Toolbelt for the Lifespan – Learning How to Learn Assistive Technology.” Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference at California State University-Northridge,       Los Angeles, California, March 2008.

Socol, I. “Listening to Themselves: Student Writers Editing with Free Text-to-Speech.” Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference at California State University-Northridge,       Los Angeles, California, March 2008.

Socol, I. “Universal Design – The Only Path to True Inclusion.” Michigan Rehabilitation Association Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 2007.

Socol, I. “The Toolbelt – building Task-based Assistive Technology Decision-Making in Transition.” Michigan Rehabilitation Association Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan      , October 2007.

Socol, I. “Universal Design in Education and Employment.” Keynote. Disability Awareness Day, Dearborn, Michigan, October 2007.

Socol, I. “Developing Your Own Assistive Technology Solutions.” Disability Awareness Day, Dearborn, Michigan, October 2007.

Socol, I. “Literacy Technology in the Primary Classroom.” (Poster Presentation) Computer Assisted Learning 2007, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, March 2007.

Socol, I. “The Toolbelt – Task-Based, Student-Centered Assistive Technology Decision-Making.” Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference at California State University-Northridge, Los Angeles, California, March 2007.

Socol, I. “Universal Design – Education for All.” Teaching and Technology Conference, East Lansing, Michigan, January 2007.

Socol, I. “Elementary Literacy Technology.” Learning Disabilities Association of Michigan Conference, East Lansing, Michigan, October 2006.

Socol, I. “The Toolbelt Theory – Task-based Student Technology Self-Determination.” Learning Disabilities Association of Michigan Conference, East Lansing, Michigan, October 2006.

Socol, I. “The Universally Designed Classroom – a Technology Circus.” Disabilities Studies in Education Conference, East Lansing, Michigan, May 2006

Socol, I. “TEST after SETT, student decision-making in Assistive Technology choices.” Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference at California State University-Northridge, Los Angeles, California, March 2006.

Socol, I. “Literacy Technology in the Classroom.” Michigan Council for Exceptional Children, Grand Rapids, Michigan, March 2006.

Socol, I. “Literacy Technology for Secondary Students Seeking to Attend College.” Michigan Rehabilitation Association Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 2005.

Socol, I. “High Tech Reading Support Across the Grades.” Learning Disabilities Association of Michigan Conference, East Lansing, Michigan, October 2005.

Socol, I. “Digital Reading and Writing Support in Transition.” Adult Basic Education Conference, Kalamazoo, Michigan, October 2005.

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

 

PLP Ontario International Cohort, Educator Professional Development. Experienced Voices Group Leader. 2010.

PLP Ontario International Cohort, Educator Professional Development. Training Webinars on
Knowledge Construction and Passion-based Learning.

Virtual Hall of Science, New York Hall of Science and Greater Southern Tier BOCES SciCentr. Advisory Committee, 2007-present.

 

Ghotit.com development group, online support for spellcheck technology development, 2007-present.

Assistive Technology Professionals, online support group, 2007-present.

Human +, exhibition development group with the New York Hall of Science, 2007-present.

IDEA Partnership, Michigan Department of Education, 2005.

CREATE@gvsu, Grand Valley State University collaborative project, Academic Computing and Department of Psychology, 1998-2000.

 

AWARDS

 

Chief of Operations Award, New York City Police Academy, 1983

Disability Student Scholarship, Grand Valley State University, 1999

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

 

AERA 2007-present

CIES 2006-present

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