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Dr. Bitter's Brief Biography

Dr. Gary Bitter is a Professor of Educational Technology in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University and Executive Director of Technology Based Learning & Research (TBLR).  He has received lifetime achievement awards from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) as well as outstanding alumnus awards from Kansas State University and Emporia State University.  His groundbreaking research and development of digital curricula and professional development materials is poised to transform PreK-16 and adult learning environments.  

At Arizona State University, Gary''s research focus is on such areas as the impact of integration of technology into curricula on student achievement and attitude, the impact of information technology fundamentals on the digital divide and the future of technology. Gary’s accomplishments are exemplified in his numerous journal articles, books, book chapters, conference presentations, invited talks, funded projects, and innovative courses.  Gary also has an enviable record for leading successful research and development grant projects. 

Over the past decade, Gary has received grants in excess of ten million dollars to support his research and development efforts.  Grants sources include the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, Intel, Cisco, Texas Instruments, Apple, IBM, and others.  Through these grants, he has developed several interactive multimedia programs for the professional development of teachers, including Understanding Teaching, Math•ed•ology™ and the ASU-NETS Digital Video Library (DVL).  In addition, the e-Learning Network, which is a series of interactive modules designed to help under-advantaged adults learn Internetworking skills and the Hispanic Math Project (HMP), which is an interactive English-Spanish Mathematics program for elementary-middle school students. 

Gary was the co-director of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) Project.  The NETS Project developed National Standards for Students and Teachers.  More than 40 states including Arizona use some form of these technology standards.  As the founding board member and first-elected president of ISTE, he helped to redefine the boundaries of the PreK-12 classrooms by forming a network of dedicated professionals sharing classroom-proven solutions to address the challenge of infusing technologies across the curriculum.  Bitter earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics and Computer Education at the University of Denver.