Department of Education Assistant Professor Caitlin Riegel, Ph.D., the program director for Medaille College’s M.S.Ed. adolescent/secondary education and M.S.Ed. elementary education programs, gave a presentation at the national Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Annual Conference this summer. On August 1, Dr. Riegel presented to teacher educators from across the country on teaching in a post-COVID world. Her presentation titled “Preparing for the Unexpected: Using Pear Deck to Seamlessly Transition Between In-Person and Online Teaching” aimed to help educators feel more comfortable if they need to transition from in-person to online teaching.
Pear Deck is an interactive, web-based presentation platform that allows educators to present material to students in an engaging, interactive way for both synchronous and asynchronous learning. Dr. Riegel demonstrated the benefits by having participants join an interactive Pear Deck presentation to gain a better understanding of the platform and experience it from the student’s perspective. Since the presentation was crafted for faculty of Educator Preparation Programs (EEPs), the goal was to share vital tools and tips for developing future educators who can enter the field being able to teach in more than one way.
Dr. Riegel serves on the review board for the Journal of Teacher Education (JTE), the Journal of Research on Technology in Education (JRTE), the Educational Planning Journal and the Buriram Rajabhat University International Symposium. She is also a member of several professional organizations, including the Association for Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education (AILACTE), New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education (NYSCATE), the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) and the International Society for Educational Planners (ISEP).