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Blanche O'Bannon

Blanche W. O’Bannon, EdD

Professor, STEM Education/ Educational Technology

Biography

Dr. Blanche O'Bannon is a professor of Educational Technology within the STEM program at the University of Tennessee. O'Bannon earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Tennessee. After earning a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in Instructional Design and Technology, from the University of Memphis, she began her higher education career at Louisiana Technology University in Ruston, Louisiana in 1993. She then joined the faculty of  Bowling Green State University in 1997 before coming to University of Tennessee in 2000.

O’Bannon serves as the coordinator of the core technology course for teachers receiving licensure as well as leading the new online Educational Specialist Degree in Teacher Education with a concentration in Educational Technology. She serves on various department, college and university committees and graduate student committees.


Research

Research interests include the development of university faculty and K-12 teachers for the integration of technology into the curriculum to improve learning, development of multimedia/hypermedia learning environments, Web 2.0 tools into learning environments and use of mobile technology.


Education

Doctor of Education (Curriculum and Instruction/Instructional Design and Technology. University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee

Master of Science (Education/Administration and Supervision) The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

Bachelor of Science (Fashion Merchandising/Business Administration) The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee


Professional Service

O’Bannon is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Association of the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) and the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE), and presents papers regularly at their annual conferences. She serves on the board of associate editors for the Journal of Research on Technology in Education.


Awards and Recognitions

  • Outstanding Paper Award. (2017). Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. 28th Annual Conference.
  • Helen B. Watson Outstanding Faculty Research Award (2015). The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, The University of Tennessee
  • Service Award (2013). Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, The University of Tennessee.                 
  • Helen B. Watson Outstanding Faculty Research Award (2012). The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, The University of Tennessee
  • Innovative Technology Center Fellow, The University of Tennessee (2011).

Publications

Books

O’Bannon, B. & Anderson, M. (2014). Engaging learners with interactive whiteboards: An introduction. Cupertino, California: Apple.

O’Bannon, B., & Puckett, K. (2010). Preparing to use technology: A practical guide to curriculum integration 2/e. Boston: Allyn and Bacon. ISBN: 10:0-13-508421-0

O’Bannon, B., & Puckett, K. (2007). Preparing to use technology: A practical guide to curriculum integration 1/e. Boston: Allyn and Bacon. ISBN: 0-205-45617-0

Selected articles published in refereed journals

O'Bannon, B.W., Waters, S., Lubke, J., Cady, J., & Rearden, K. (2017). Teachers and students poised to use mobile phones in the classroom. Computers in the Schools, 34 (3) 125-141.   http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07380569.2017.1347454

O’Bannon, B.W., Skolits, G., & Lubke, J. (2017). The influence of interactive textbook instruction on student learning preferences, outcomes, and motivation. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 49 (3-4) 103-116.   http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15391523.2017.1303798

Thomas, K., O’Bannon, B. W, (2015).  Looking Across the New Digital Divide: A Comparison of Inservice and Preservice Teacher Perceptions of Mobile Phone Integration.  Journal of Technology and Teacher Education 23 (4),561-581.

O'Bannon, B.W., & Thomas, K. (2015). Mobile Phones in the Classroom: Preservice Teachers Answer the Call. Computers and Education. 85, 110-122. DOI: 10.1016/j.compedu.2015.02.010 

Thomas, K., O’Bannon, B. W, & Britt, V. G. (2014).  Standing in the schoolhouse door: Teacher Perceptions of Mobile Phones in the Classroom. Journal of Research on Technology in Education 46(4) 373-395.

O'Bannon, B.W., Britt, V. G. & Beard, J. L. (2014). The writing on the wall: Using a Facebook group to promote student achievement. Journal of Educational Multimedia & Hypermedia 23(1) 29-54.

O'Bannon, B.W., & Thomas, K. (2014) Teacher Perceptions of Using Mobile Phones in the Classroom: Age Matters!. Computers and Education 74C. 15-25. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2014.01.006

Thomas, K. O’Bannon, B.  & Bolton, N. (2013) Cell Phones in the Classroom: Teachers’ Perspectives of Inclusion, Benefits, and Barriers, Computers in the Schools, 30(4), 295-308, DOI: 10.1080/07380569.2013.844637

Thomas, K., & O’Bannon, B. (2013). Cell Phones in the Classroom: Preservice Teachers’ Perceptions. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education 30(1) 11-20.

O'Bannon, B.W., *Beard, J. L. & *Britt, V. G. (2013). Using a Facebook Group as an Educational Tool: Effects on Student Achievement. Computers in the Schools 30(3), 229-247. doi:10:1080/07380569.2013.805972

O’Bannon, B., Lubke, J. & Britt, V. (2013). “You still need that face-to-face communication": Drawing implications from preservice teachers' perceptions of wikis as a collaborative tool. Technology, Pedagogy and Education (1-17).  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1475939X.2012.755470

O’Bannon, B. & Britt, V. (2012). Creating/developing/using a web 2.0 study guide: Effects on student achievement. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 44(4) 293-312.

O’Bannon, B., Lubke, J., Beard, J., and Britt, G. (2011). Using podcasts to replace lecture: Effects on student achievement. Computers & Education 57, 1885-1892. http://dx.doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2011.04.001

Selected papers published in refereed conference proceedings

O'Bannon, B., Dunn, K., and Park, Y. (2017). Validation of Mobile Phone Use in the Classroom Survey. In P. Resta & S. Smith (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2017 (pp. 1033-1041). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). (Outstanding paper Award)

Thomas, K. & O'Bannon, B. (2015). Looking Across the New Digital Divide: A Comparison of Inservice and Preservice Teacher Perceptions of Mobile Phone Integration. In D. Slykhuis & G. Marks (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2015 (pp. 3460-3467). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

O'Bannon, B. (2015). Interactive book increases achievement of preservice teachers. In D. Slykhuis & G. Marks (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2015 (pp. 2481-2490). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

O'Bannon, B. & Thomas, K. (2014). New technology–old barrier: Relationship of teachers' perceptions of mobile phone use and age. In M. Searson & M. Ochoa (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2014 (pp. 874-884). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.  http://www.editlib.org/p/150554/

Thomas, K. & O'Bannon, B. (2014). BYOD—As Long As Your Device Is Not A Cell Phone! Perspectives from the Classroom on Cell Phones Integration. In M. Searson & M. Ochoa (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2014 (pp. 1206-1216). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. http://www.editlib.org/p/48606

External funding

Podar Mobile Phone Pilot Project: Partnership with Podar Schools in Mumbai, India. 2015-present.

Project ImPACT: Implementing Partnerships Across the Curriculum with Technology -Implementation Grant (with A. Nonis). US Department of Education $ 1,278,233.00. Project Director.

Project PICT: Preservice Infusion of Computer Technology -Implementation Grant. US Department of Education (with R. A. Vannatta). $1,477,800.00.

Blanche O'Bannon

Contact Information

  • 445 Claxton Complex, 1122 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996
  • Phone: 865-974-0498
  • E-mail: bobannon@utk.edu