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PrimaryAccess is being developed as an initiative within the Center for Technology & Teacher Education in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Center faculty members and graduate fellows identify and explore innovative digital technologies.

PrimaryAccess is a member of a family of web based tools that also includes DigitalStoryteller (designed for language arts). Both projects are intended to serve as catalysts in use of effective technology-based tools in the K-12 classroom. Our partners in these endeavors include public schools, local public television stations, the Virginia Center for Digital History, StageTools, and other non-profit and commercial organizations.

For More Information, Please Contact

Bill Ferster
Director, PrimaryAccess Initiative
Curry School of Education
University of Virginia


bferster - @ - virginia.edu


Who We Are

  • Glen Bull is a professor of instructional technology in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia and co-director of the Center for Technology & Teacher Education. He is a founding member and past president of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), and recipient of the Willis Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Technology and Teacher Education. He currently serves as editor of Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal) and provides leadership for the National Technology Leadership Coalition (NTLC), a consortium of national teacher educator associations and national educational technology associations.
  • Bill Ferster has had a 25 year history of developing innovative tools for the film and video industry. He is currently a senior scientist at the University of Virginia with a joint appointment with the Center for Technology and Teacher Education at the Curry School and the Virginia Center for Digital History at the College of Arts and Sciences. He has founded numerous companies including West End Film, developer of the first PC-based 3D animation system, EMC, developer of the first digital nonlinear editing system which received an EMMY Award in 1993, and StageTools, the leading developer of image animation tools.
  • Patrice Grimes is an assistant professor in the elementary education program. She has a background in the broadcast industry, and also served as a social students and language arts teacher for ten years. She has a particular interest in oral histories in teaching, collected through both digital and non-technological means, and in use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in social studies.
  • Thomas Hammond is an assistant professor of social studies education at Lehigh University. He has taught history and computer science in the United States, Saudi Arabia and Haiti.

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