Dr. Nellie Deutsch in conversation with Pat Farenga
About Pat Farenga
Patrick (Pat) Farenga is a leading advocate of the modern homeschooling movement. Born in New York City, Farenga worked closely with homeschooling leader John Caldwell Holt on his Boston-based magazine, Growing Without Schooling(GWS).
A prolific writer, Pat has authored/contributed to many educational publications by Holt Associates. He has written articles for numerous publications including Mothering, Paths of Learning, Home Education, and The Bulletin of Science, Technology, and Society. He contributed chapters to The Encyclopedia of School Administration (1988) and A Parent’s Guide To Homeschooling (2002). Among his works, Farenga is perhaps best known as the author of The Beginner’s Guide To Homeschooling (1998) and Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling (2003).
Though GWS ceased publication in November, 2001, Pat continues to write and edit educational material, and remains an active homeschooling advocate and consultant. In addition to his homeschooling career, Farenga is also an accomplished pianist and saxophonist.
About Dr. Nellie Deutsch
Nellie holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in educational leadership specializing in curriculum & instruction and is an E-Learning Professional Development Specialist. She is on the Computer-Assisted Language Learning Interest Group (CALL-IS) Steering Committee at Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) International Organization and on the program coordinator for World Association for Distance Education (WAOE).
Nellie is passionate about Moodle and trains teachers to use Moodle as teachers and as teacher administrators worldwide both online and face-to-face. She is the founder of Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL), an online informal network of volunteers that provides free and low-cost professional development workshops for educators around the world.
Dr. Deutsch earned her doctorate in education and educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix from the School of Advanced Studies. Her dissertation research was published on Amazon) focused on instructor experiences with integrating technology in blended learning contexts in higher education around the world. Dr. Deutsch is internationally known as a transformative leader, community builder, an expert in educational technology, leader in providing online professional development courses, and mentor for educators worldwide.
Dr. Deutsch is the founder of Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL), an online informal network that provides free professional development workshops for educators around the world. Dr. Deutsch is also founder and current coordinator of the annual Connecting Online (CO09-CO13) for Instruction and Learning and Moodlemoot (MMVC11- MMVC13) free online conferences. She also provides course design and online facilitation on Moodle for Teacher (M4T) courses for teachers and administrators at Atlantic University, COL, and other organizations around the world.
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Dr. Deutsch has written chapters in books on the use of technology and research (