Who am I ?
I am Leshell Hatley. Welcome!
I am a computer engineer/scientist, educator, entrepreneur, and social science researcher who enjoys animation, movies, and sharing with family and friends.
I am interested in exploring technology’s influence on a learner’s cognitive activity, creativity, motivation, sense of agency, persistence, when learning any topic or attempting any desired task, in formal and informal educational environments. This influence can come from a result of learning about, teaching with, and/or creating technology. I am also interested in the interaction between a learner’s cognition and his/her use technology. Essentially, I study the various ways technology can be used to create meaningful and effective learning environments. Transmedia is one example of all these in action.
I typically investigate these phenomena using a lens of cultural relevance and work with students in the areas of history, science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics, computer science, and reading. Currently, my target audience includes African and Latino American males and females in PreK-12th grade.
This website is my platform, my soapbox, and my portfolio. I hope you enjoy browsing. Feel free to contact me with questions, ideas, and/or suggestions.
Thanks for visiting!
What I do .
I am a PhD student in the Learning Technologies Division of the College of Education & Human Development at George Mason University.
I am the Founder, Executive Director, and Lead Instructor at Uplift, Inc., a nonprofit in Washington, DC that immerses students in STEAM+CS (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics + computer science) education. I also teach during and after school at local charter and public schools.
I am the creator of Myles & Ayesha, African-American animated characters that are positioned as learning companions for early childhood and elementary school students.
I Think. I Write.
From time to time, I share thoughts, experiences, and ideas. These may include entries about:
- The world around me
- Research & Development
- Teaching & My Students
- Conferences & Trips
- Reactions to Others
- Who Knows. Anything Goes.
June 19, 2013
Over the past few days, I've met with some amazing DML Mentors (Dan Schwartz and Glynda Hull). I've Read More...
Happy New Year! It's been an interesting year already. Thank God for the blessing of seeing it all. I hope Read More...