Instructor: Benjamin Bernard
Benjamin Bernard is principal of St. Charles High School. He is a Rushford-Peterson High School graduate, received his Bachelor's from St. Olaf College in 1998 with a major in Biology and a minor in physics education, his Master's in physics education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2003, and acquired his principal's license through the University of Minnesota in 2008, where he is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational administration.
Ben first started using computers in instruction early in his physics teaching career in North Branch, Minnesota. It was during this time that he wrote his Master's thesis on the negative and positive learning effects of using computers and Microsoft Excel to teach graphing in physics classes. Co-creating one of the first cross-curricular technology learning community groups in North Branch led Ben to search for more comprehensive ways that computers could help increase student achievement. This search directed him to the University of Minnesota, where he is currently doing research on the use of Computer Aided Instruction and its influence on student achievement on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment. The literature review for his dissertation, to be completed spring 2013, is the basis for the content of this module.