About

 

Ludmila Smirnova is Associate Professor of Education at Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y., where she has taught for the past 9 years. At the Mount, she offers courses in Curricular Planning, Methods of Teaching and Teaching with Technology and serves as counselor to Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education. She has become increasingly recognized for her leadership in the application of emerging Internet technologies to education. She has run numerous workshops on the application of Smart Technologies (e.g., SmartBoard) and of Web 2.0 tools to the college and primary/secondary classroom. 
 
Prior to coming to the Mount, Dr. Smirnova was visiting professor at Ramapo College of N.J. for two years. In her native Russia, she was professor of education at Volgograd State Pedagogical University, where she also served as Dean of the School of Foreign Languages. During her 25-year Russian career, Dr. Smirnvoa was known for her work in innovative approaches to teaching. She pioneered the reintroduction of Montessori education in southern Russia; a Montessori trainer in both the American and European approaches, she has run seminars and training programs for Montessori teachers in Russia and the U.S. Also in Russia, she played a key role in creating a model Ecological Gymnasium and other experimental “charter schools.” With her Ph.D. and Masters students, she additionally undertook a major program of comparative study on successful educational innovation; an interest that has continued after her move to the U.S.
 
 
Beyond the seventy books and other publications based upon her work in Russia, Dr. Smirnova has written for and presented to a growing list of professional audiences in the U.S. and abroad. She recently traveled to Russia, Czech Republic, Spain, Great Britain conducting workshops and presenting at the conferences on the topics of innovative teaching with technology. She is a partner, co-designer and facilitator at Integrating Technology For Active Life-learning (IT4ALL), non-profit organization that provides professional development opportunities for educators around the world. She designed and moderated "Moodle for teachers" workshops at different levels: Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced.