Brief Biography:
Mary Alice Anderson teaches EDUC 642 Teaching Digital Media Literacy in the Content Areas. (Teaching with Primary Sources) She has over forty years experience as an educator and 12 years as an online educator. She worked as a middle school media specialist and as the District’s Lead Media Specialist. As a school media specialist, she worked with teachers to help them integrate media/technology throughout all curriculum areas and coordinated technology staff development activities. The middle school media program was recognized for technology innovation at the state and national levels. As a lead media specialist, she worked with architects and educators to plan several new media centers and the co-webmaster for the district’s website. She worked with several software and print technology companies including World Book Publishing as they were developing new products, presented workshops on media/technology topics throughout several Midwestern states and worked with the Minnesota Department of Education, The Minnesota Digital Library, and other organizations in areas such as curriculum writing. She has published over 100 articles in journals such as Internet@ Schools, School Library Media Connection, and School Library Journal and contributed chapters to several professional books. She was a Library of Congress American Memory Fellow and a member of the Library’s Professional Development task force. She is a mentor for the Teaching with Primary Sources professional development network and serves on the Board of Directors for the Great River Shakespeare Festival and the Winona County Historical Society, both in Winona, Minnesota. 

Teaching Interests: Using Digital Primary Sources to enhance student learning

Professional Interests: School Media Centers, Primary Sources, Using technology as a teaching and learning tool, Writing