Dr. Terry K. Smith
twitter: @smithtk

Pre-Service Teacher Web: www.smithclass.org

University Teaching:
  • Radford University, Radford, VA - Associate Professor, School of  Teacher Education & Leadership: Science, Social Studies, Assistive/Educational technology, Internet Projects. Co-Chair of the annual Global Education Conference.
  • Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL - Asst. Professor, Curriculum & Instruction: 
    Field Supervision, Social Studies Education, Internet Projects. 
  • University of Saint Francis, Joliet, IL - Visiting Professor, Teacher Education, Science, Social Studies, Classroom Management.
  • Antioch University, Los Angeles, CA - Online, Educational Technology Instructor, Master of Arts Education & Teacher Credentialing program.
  • Concordia University, Portland, OR - Online,  Educational Technology Instructor, Master of Arts Teacher Education program.
  • High School Online: Zhong Lun Senior High School - Taipei, Taiwan. Invited Online Instructor, Conversational English.


Smith, T. K. (2017).  Developing Competencies for Global Engagement - American 4th Graders to Taiwan. In B. Bizzell, R.Kahila, & P. Talbot (Eds.) Cultural Competencies and Educational Diplomacy in International Settings. IGI Global. Hershey, PA. 

Smith, T. K. & Hall, K. (2017). Collaborators in elementary STEM - Engineering and teacher education. Educational Practice & Reform Journal. Radford University.

Smith, T. K. (2015). Virtual learning environments.  In J. M. Spector (Ed.), University of North Texas, Sage Encyclopedia of Educational Technology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc. (in press)

Smith, T. K. (2014). Incorporating global projects into teacher education: A look at practices and perceptions of preservice and mentor teachers. Global Partners in Education Journal, 4(1), 41. East Carolina University.

Smith, T. K. (2014). Elementary science instruction: Examining a virtual environment for evidence of learning, engagement, and 21st century competencies. Education Sciences. 4(1):122-138.

Smith, T. K. (2014). Guiding Elementary Pre-Service Teachers in Global Classroom Projects in Clinical Classrooms to Provide Authentic 21st Century Learning Experiences. EdTechnology Ideas, University of Oregon, Vol 1, No 3.

Smith, T. K. (2009). Changing the Face of Traditional Education: Project-based Learning, National College of Ireland, Dublin. Retrieved from http://ilta.ie/files/PBL-ILTA-final-Tsmith_%5B1%5D.pdf


Smith, T. K. & Evans, A. (August 2017). National Geographic Certified Educator Phase One  
  Workshop. Radford University, RU World Ready Global Education Conference. Training for area and
   regional classroom teachers.

Smith, T. K. (2017). Achinsk Global Education Conference, Global Teacher Mentoring: Russia and the
  United States
. Online presentation of the Global Mentors project Radford student teachers connected with 
  classroom teachers around the world.

Smith, T. K. (2017). STEM Collaboration: Engineering and Teacher Education. In Resta & Smith (Eds.),   
  Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International  
  Conference (pp. 2538-2545). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in
  Education (AACE). Austin, Texas.

Smith, T. K. (2016). Keynote Speaker. Global Education Network Conference. Early Foundations for
Learning with the World in the Monster Project (online).

Smith, T. K., (May, 2016). Using National Geographic Mapmaker 
   Interactive. Webinar hosted by National Geographic.

Hall, K., Lester, K., Smith, T., & Sullivan, E. (2016). Elementary STEM Collaboration: Engineering and
  Teacher Education, Virginia Council of Children’s Engineering conference (VCEC), Roanoke
  Virginia (Radford University – Virginia Tech collaboration).

Smith, T. & Andrus, L. (2015). Becoming a National Geographic Certified Educator. Virginia Society for
   Technology in Education (VSTE). Roanoke, Virginia.

Smith, T. (2015). The Global Monster Project: K-6 Experiential Collaboration, Global Education
  Conference online.  

Smith, T. K. (2015). Landmark Games, National Council of Geographic Educators Conference (NCGE),  
   Washington, D.C. August 2015.

Smith, T.K. (2014). How Do We Get Our Preservice Teachers Globally Connected? Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) Conference, Virginia Beach, VA. December 2014.  

Szopinski, A. & Smith, T.K. (2014). National Geographic's Geo-Education Initiative: Deeper Learning for  Our World; University of North Carolina World View Symposium, Chapel Hill, NC. Oct. 2014.

Smith, T. (2014). Teacher Education Meets Global Project-based Learning, University of North Carolina World View Symposium, Chapel Hill, NC. Oct. 2014.

Smith, T. K. (2013). National Council of the Social Studies, Let the international games begin: Landmark 2013. Saint Louis, Missouri, November 2013.

Smith, T. (2013). Illinois Educational Technology Conference, Immersing and guiding preservice teachers in global projects. Springfield, Illinois, November 2013.

Smith, T. K. (2013). International Society for Technology in Education – Virtual Environments Playground, Using a virtual learning environment to teach history and economics, online, San Antonio, TX, June 2013.

Smith, T. K. (2013). Virtual Worlds Immersive Learning: The Puebloans of Mesa Verde. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2013 (pp. 2965-2970). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Smith, T. (2012). Social Studies for Global Detectives, National Council for the Social Studies Conference, Seattle, WA.

Smith, T. K. (2012) Hoverboards and Economics in Virtual Worlds Elementary Education, Illinois Education & Technology Conference, Springfield, IL.  

Smith, T. K. (2012). Social Studies Project-based learning in the Regular and Inclusive Classroom. International Society of the Social Studies Conference, Orlando, FL.

Smith, T. K. (2012). Keynote speaker: Future Trends and Best Practices in Education, Education Essentials Conference, Kappa Delta Pi International Society in Education, Alpha Epsilon Chapter, Western Illinois University.

Smith, T. K. (2012) Social Studies Collaboration in a Teacher Education Program: The Monster Project. Illinois Council for the Social Studies Quarterly, Vol 1, No 2.

Smith, T. K. (2011). Professor-driven Internet Projects with Partner Schools Provide 21st Century Models for Pre-service Teachers. In M. Koehler & P. Mishra (Eds.) Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2011. Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Smith, T. (2011). Cultivating 21st century competencies in a virtual worlds learning environment. Dissertations & Theses at Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, CA - SCELC. (Publication No. AAT 3478529).


Professional and Academic Service
National Geographic Ambassador/Mentor - Educator Certification Program 2016-present
National Geographic Geo-Educators Steering Committee 2014 - 15.
Elected Board Member, Kidlink Association (Global Projects), 2014-17.
National Council for the Social Studies, Social Education Publications Committee, 2012-15
Chair: Curriculum & Instruction Undergraduate Committee, Western Illinois University 2013-14

College of Education and Human Services Technology Committee, 2011-2014
Council for Instructional Technology, Western Illinois University 2013-2014
Information Technology Governance Council, Western Illinois University 2013-2014
Mobile Computing Task Force, Western Illinois University 2011-13
Kappa Delta Pi Chapter vice president, 2011-14
Flat Classroom Media Judge: Globalization and Virtual Communication, 2011-18

Academic Reviewer:
National Geographic Explorer Grant reviewer, 2016-present 
National Geographic science textbook reviewer, 2017.

American Educational Research Association, conference paper reviewer, 2013-14. 
American Society for Engineering Education, conference paper reviewer, 2012-present
Journal of Online Teaching, journal reviewer, 2012-present
International Society for Technology in Education – conference paper reviewer, 2012.
Book review: Prufrock Press – Make Up Your Mind: A Classroom Guide to Ten Age-Old Debates. 2012

University Research Collaboration:
Arizona State University: 2012-present. Collaborating co-researcher ARX/QA project. 
Beta tester Quest2Teach preservice teacher training project.

Indiana University: 2010-12. Collaborating co-researcher on Quest Atlantis project.
Northern Illinois University
: 2007-08. Educational consultant, digital projects for elementary students, Mark Twain’s Mississippi project.  

Global Project Management:
Kidlink Landmark - international multi-school project runs every February (grades 4-8)
Monster Project - international multi-school project runs every October (grades PK-6)

Project-Based Learning Interviews:
Education Week (2010)  Web Conferencing Finds Elementary School Niche
Edutopia (2009) Project Managment Keeps Learning on Track
Scholastic Administrator (2009)  The Power of Project Learning
Educational Leadership (2009) Managing Messy Learning


Courses Taught:
EDSP/EDET 454 Educational & Assistive Technology
EDSP/EDET 554 Educational & Assistive Technology (graduate)
EDUC 310 Science Education Methods
EDUC 425 Social Studies Methods
EDUC 450 Student Teaching/Field Work
EDUC 430 Block Seminar/Field Work
ELED 470 Senior Field Work in Elementary Education (block)
ELED 410 Senior Seminar in Elementary Education
ELED 371 Elementary Education Field Work II
SSED 568 Improving Social Studies Instruction (online)
SSED 495 Teaching With a Global Perspective
SSED 354 Teaching Social Studies in the Primary Grades (Early Childhood)
SSED 365 Teaching Our Heritage/Human Geography
EDUC 392 Classroom Management
EDUC 385 Methods of Teaching Science & Social Studies
EDUC 210 Teaching in a Diverse Society
TEP 519 Educational Technology (online)
TEP 617B Advanced Uses of Educational Technology (online)
EDU 533W Educational Technology (online)


Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Learning Technologies, Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education & Psychology, Los Angeles 2011.
Master of Arts Education, Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO, 2004
Texas Teaching Certificate: Teacher Preparation/Certification Program; University of Texas Region XIII - Talented & Gifted Teacher, 1994.
Bachelor of Arts Gen Studies/Technical Communications, University of  New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, 1985.

K-12 Experience
Eugene Field Elementary, Hannibal, MO: 2001-2010, 4th grade teacher, school web manager.
Payson Seymour Elementary, Payson, IL:  2000-2001, 5th grade teacher.
Williams Elementary School, Georgetown, TX: 1998-1999 – 5th grade & Gifted math teacher.
Ellington School, Quincy, IL: 1997-1998, Gifted 2nd/3rd grade teacher, school web manager.
Granger School, Granger, TX: 1994-1997, 3rd grade teacher & Elementary Technology Coordinator 

Teaching Approach: Using projects, computers, learning management systems, blogs, wikis, smart phones, and various educational technology tools to stimulate and explore learning in the elementary classroom. I currently run yearly international multi-school projects Kidlink Landmark, and the Global Monster Project.

Before Teaching: Technical writer/editor for computer companies including Data General, SAS Institute, Tandem Computers, Solbourne Computers, and Dell Computers. As a technical writer, worked on system administration for networks and operating systems: TCP/IP, Unix, and Linux,  Quality Assurance, and User interfaces.