Ms. Therese Laux
Specialization: Music Education
Home institution in US: Omaha Public Schools, Nebraska
Host Institution in India: TBD       
Start date/Month in India: TBD
Duration of grant: 4-6 months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Therese Laux is a facilitator, collaborator, innovator and creativity entrepreneur at Omaha North High Magnet School, Nebraska, where she founded and developed the schoolʼs Music and Media Technology Program. She believes in embracing technology to facilitate creative learning opportunities for all students. To be a student in her classroom community is an adventure in discovering oneʼs passion and potential. Students in her program have earned awards from the National School Boards Association, Fort Omaha Film Conference, Nebraska Educational Technology Association, Apple Digital Media Competition and others.

Ms. Laux considers herself to be a lifelong learner and is appreciative of the outstanding educational opportunities she has received at the University of Nebraska, Omaha; University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Temple University, Pennsylvania; and through other less formal environments. She has shared her views on creativity, technology and education at conferences locally and across the nation, including International Society for Technology in Education (formerly NECC), National School Boards Association Technology + Learning Conference, and Magnet Schools of America. Ms. Laux is humbled and honored to be an Apple Distinguished Educator (2007), a “Best Buy Teacher Award” recipient (2009), Applied Information Management Institute K-12 Technology Educator of the Year (2009), Information Technology in the Workplace Educator of the Year (2009), Fulbright-Hays Seminar Abroad delegate (2010 Africa), National Center for Women and Information Technology Award Educator (2011) and Fulbright Distinguished Teacher Award (2012-2013).

The purpose of Ms. Laux’s action research study, “Impact of mobile technologies on studentsʼ written and oral communication skills,” is to investigate how the use of mobile technologies affects student written and oral communication skills. She will implement her research project through these steps: communicate and collaborate with fellow educators in India to develop a shared set of procedures, goals, and objectives; conduct mini-workshops for educators on mobile technologies and their use in the educational process; begin creative process of developing digital stories and addressing media needs; evaluate effectiveness of project and process on student skills; adjust as needed to maximize student achievement and engagement; and repeat process for improvement. The completion of this project will benefit not only her students, school and district, but also is easily scalable and can be duplicated across grade levels and disciplines around the globe. She plans to post finished products, as well as implementation and resource guides, on the Internet to make them easily accessible.