About

I am the Instructional Technologist at Whittier College. I work as part of faculty development to drive the effective integration of technology to enhance teaching and learning. I build programming and projects that blend pedagogy with digital technologies. I provide specialized instruction, advice, and guidance in the application of educational tools. I also teach digital storytelling to engage students in higher order thinking, deep learning, and to build digital literacy skills. My research and teaching interests include building community learning laboratories that provide opportunities for diverse populations. Through creative and collaborative projects like photo archives, story maps, digital storytelling and podcasts, and augmented reality tools, participants are engaged and invested in a learning community that they have helped to build by contributing to digital platforms and the diverse populations that will use them to continue the cycle of life-long teaching and learning. From 2013-2017 I helped to build the Digital Liberal Arts Program at Whittier College. In my previous life I was a filmmaker and I traveled to Mexico, Cuba, Syria and Iraq to make documentary films that showed the plight of cultures trying to preserve their history while adapting to modernity. @soniachaidez