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Distinguished 2003 Judges
Bonnie Bracey - CyberFair JudgeBonnie Bracey,
USA

 

Yue-Chane Hsing - CyberFair JudgeYue-Chane Hsing,
Taiwan
Janette Toral - CyberFair JudgeJanette Toral,
Philippines
William Chang - CyberFair JudgeWilliam Chang,
USA
Peter Lelong - CyberFair JudgePeter Lelong,
Tasmania
Arun Tripathi - CyberFair JudgeArun Tripathi,
Germany
Jacqueline Cheng,
Hong Kong
Tim NganTimothy Ngan,
Hong Kong
Helen Wong,
Hong Kong
Karen Eini - CyberFair JudgeKaren Eini,
Israel
Don Mitchell - CyberFair JudgeDon Mitchell,
USA
Gog Beng Yeow - CyberFair JudgeGoh Beng Yeow,
Singapore
Mary Jean Eisenhower - CyberFair JudgeMary Jean Eisenhower,
USA
Lukas Ritzel - CyberFair JudgeLukas O Ritzel,
Switzerland
Swu-ching Shelly Young - CyberFair JudgeSwu-ching Shelly Young,
Taiwan
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Bonnie Bracey - CyberFair Judge Name:  Bonnie Bracey, United States of America

Position: Bonnie Bracey is a teacher-agent of change, working on technology integration projects with classroom teachers and national organizations. She also works internationally with Global Information Infrastructure initiatives as a consultant.

A former Fulbright Exchange Teacher in India and an elementary school teacher in Virginia, Ms. Bracey was selected as a Christa McAuliffe Educator by the National Education Association. She is also a Challenge Center Fellow and an Earthwatch Fellow. She serves on the faculty of the Challenger Center and is a NEWEST Graduate, Langley, and NEW graduate of Goddard Space Center.

Ms. Bracey is currently involved with two MIT projects: the Games Project and Media, Education and the Marketplace. Ms. Bracey is a frequent speaker at educational technology conferences and those focusing on bridging the Digital Divide. Ms. Bracey serves on numerous advisory boards including: Technos, The National Urban League, E-School News, On the Horizon, African Schoolnet, CTCnet, the President's National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council, the White House Technology Initiative-Cyber Ed., and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Task Force. She was the original network director of the 21st Century Teacher's Network and serves on the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Kinetic City Advisory Board. She was co founder of the Online Internet Institute, an NSF funded grant. She is a member of the ISTE Minority task force.

She is involved in a digital equity project and a technology resource project with the National Community Innovations projects which share content with resources with PT3 projects. The National Institute for Community Innovations offers a Digital Equity Portal full of on-line resources for educators to increase digital equity. Resources are organized by five dimensions of digital equity.

Nationally she also works with  with the Imagiverse Project,  and is a student of Ubiquitous Technology. She was selected  as one of the 25 most important women on the web, and is a webby judge this year in the educational section.

Internationally, she produced the high technology  and the indigenous project for the Third World Summit in Thessaloniki, Greece, and works with the Med Agora Project. Last year she worked in Africa in several countries, Italy, Tunisia, Germany, and with the ECIS.

Website: http://www.bracey-pearl.org/

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William Chang - CyberFair Judge Name:  William Chang, United States

Position:  Dr. Chang is senior program manager in the National Science Foundation's Office of International Science and Engineering.

 

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Name:  Jacqueline Cheng, Hong Kong

Position: Ms. Cheng is the CEO of HK Education City Ltd,  a wholly-own subsidiary of HK Education and Manpower Bureau with its core business in running the largest online education platform in HK. Its objectives are to support HK’s education and curriculum reform, foster the use of technology in teaching and learning, provide a platform for education markets / businesses to develop online business opportunities so as to help HK moving to become a learning city. Education City also maintain close ties with the government, education, business and the community sector so as to improve the utilization of HK education resource and foster better knowledge sharing by providing  a one-stop, healthy and quality educational resource platform for the community in Hong Kong.

Website: http://www.hkedcity.net

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Karen Eini - CyberFair Judge Name: Karen Eini, Israel

Position:  Karen Eini has worked as an EFL educator ,teacher trainer and educational materials developer in Israel since 1990. Ms. Eini is a pioneer in telecollaborations and is actively involved in promoting the benefits of online shared learning projects . She has authored an Internet Guidebook for EFL teachers and lectures frequently in technology conferences both in Israel and abroad. Ms Eini's portfolio includes collaborative community building initiatives between youth specifically in USA and ISRAEL  as well as Technology Enhanced English Language Enrichment Programs for learners in Israel and Aboard.

Ms Eini has won several prestigious awards for the development of an international network of thousands of educators and students through her multi-cultural project Friends and Flags. Ms Eini awards include Global Junior Challenge, Rome 2003, Presidential Award for Reading and Technology from International Reading Association ( 2003) and Global SchoolNet Online Shared Learning Award in April 2002.

Website: http://www.gsnaward.org/nomineeinfo/narratives/eini.html

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Mary Jean Eisenhower - CyberFair Judge Name: Mary Jean Eisenhower, USA

Position:  Mary Jean Eisenhower was born in Washington, D.C. during her grandfather, Dwight D. Eisenhower’s first term in office as President of the United States.  As the Executive Director of People to People International, Mary has traveled extensively throughout US, Africa, Europe and Asia.  She also traveled through the lands of the D-day invasion during the centennial anniversary of her grandfather’s birth.  There she had the privilege of traveling with and meeting many of the European veterans who served with her grandfather. Over the last 4 years she has left US soil 31 times and visited over 34 countries.  Missions have included everything from meeting first families to distributing food stuffs in developing countries to cultural and humanitarian exchanges.  .

In 1999 she started the People to People International Friendship Fund inspired by an orphanage she visited in Morocco.  The fund is designed as a way for people to help the friends and facilities they visit throughout the world and to help the PTPI Chapter network to assist each other.  To date the fund has been able to provide assistance to causes such as Children’s Mercy Hospital in London, England, Earthquake relief in India, disaster relief to victims of September 11, 2001 and their families, support of an underprivileged school in China, a home for leukemia victims and their families in Cuba, a library project in Viet Nam, among many others.  One hundred percent (100%) of all funds received through the International Friendship Fund go to the efforts and projects as specified by the donors.  Funds received for the IFF that are not donor designated serve as applied and matching grants for relief efforts throughout the globe.   All IFF funds are distributed by means of the People to People network, ensuring their distribution to the proper recipients. 

Website: http://www.ptpi.org/

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Yue-Chane Hsing - CyberFair Judge Name: Yue-Chane Hsing, Taiwan

Position: Ms. Yue-Chane has been devoting herself to Children's education for fifteen years. She has been an active author in Chinese children's literature and has published eight books for kids. She was chief editor of science section for the Chinese Children's Encyclopedia and for Kid's Monthly magazine. She was chief editor of information page for the only children's newspaper in Taiwan, Mandarin Daily News. She is currently the president of the Dragon Book Co. Ltd., as well as the producer of Digital New Education program, for the Educational Broadcasting System in Taiwan. She is also in charge of several internet based projects namely, the Taiwan Schools Cyberexchange program, the 2000 Taiwan Schools CyberFair program, the Kids Care for Kids program, and the Bancroft and Arnesen Expedition curriculum in Taiwan. She is currently a country coordinator in Taiwan for IEARN.

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Peter Lelong - CyberFair Judge Name: Peter Lelong, Tasmania

Position:  Peter has been a teacher for twenty five years working in both Western Australia and Tasmania teaching in the State Education, Catholic and Independent school systems. Peter has taught for many years in both the primary and Secondary school ages groups. For the past ten years Peter has also worked part time as a computer consultant for the Non Government schools sector in Tasmania developing Professional Development programs for teaching staff to use with their students. Peter's activities have included:

  • Project Manager for the installation of computer networks of Regional Catholic and Independent schools in Tasmania
  • Training teaching staff in the use of Macromedia Web creation software
  • Setting up Schools net (My Internet) in all Catholic Primary and some Secondary schools
  • Setting up of 24 web sites based on five templates for schools wishing to have their own Internet presence
  • Member of the OPEN IT committee charged with securing Commonwealth funding of 3.5 million dollars to produce online learning objects.  This board comprised representatives from the Department of Education, TAFE, Non Government and Catholic Education, Libraries and the University of Tasmania
  • The Steel Boat yacht race where students in Years 5 and 6 emailed the sailors sailing around the world
  • Creating an email link with Mike Craven, a glaciologist sampling ice-cores as he trekked for three months around the Lambert Glacier from Davis to Mawson
  • Collaborative learning via email with students in Malang, Central Java, Indonesia

Website: http://www.fahan.tas.edu.au

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Don Mitchell - CyberFair Judge Name: Don Mitchell, United States of America

Position: Don Mitchell entered civilian federal service in 1970 as a management intern at the Department of Agriculture. In 1972, he moved to NSF, and began a career in contracting. In the mid-70s, he developed a system for motion picture production which was adopted in 1977 for government-wide use, pioneered the use of support contracting (before) and cooperative agreements (after) the inception of the Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act and managed the first civilian agency SBIR solicitation, as well as the first procurement which put a microcomputer on the desk of every employee in a federal agency. In 1987, he left NSF's Division of Grants and Contracts to join the newly formed division of Networking and Communications Research and Infrastructure (NCRI) shortly before the beginning of the NSFNET Program.

In addition to his role in NSFs major infrastructure activities, he was personally responsible for the Global Schoolhouse Project, Cornell University's (CU-SeeMe) Conferencing Software development and Cells-in-Frames projects, the InterNIC, the Internet Scout Project, Dave Hughes Wireless Field tests, the National Laboratory for Applied Networking Research, the Internet Caching Project, the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis, the National Center for Data Mining,the very high performance Backbone Network Service and the High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network.

During the period from June 1, 2000 through December 32, 2002, he served on an IPA assignment to the National Computational Science Alliance as Visiting Associate Director for Strategic Collaborations. Located at ACCESS, in Arlington, Virginia, he was instrumental in moving the US-Russian High Performance Network project to NCSA and establishing a formal partnership agreement with the Kurchatov Institute (the premier research institution in Russia). He was also actively involved in the development of the Multi-Sector crisis Management Consortium.

Don retired from NSF in January 2002 and enjoys fishing and reading. He remains active in projects involving networking, wireless systems for field science, and education and has recently joined the Board of the Global SchoolNet Foundation.

Website: http://www.globalschoolnet.org/about/bio/donmitchell.htm

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Tim Ngan Name:  Timothy Ngan

Position: Timothy Ngan is a Member of Professional Staff of Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI). He has extensive knowledge and solid experience in developing and delivering eLearning solutions for different sectors and target groups. His expertise is mainly in the areas of multimedia application, Internet technologies and system development. He was a Creative Production Officer at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where he managed a production team for online courseware development as part of the School's Web-based Teaching project. He then joined eEd Vision Ltd, a technology venture startup established under the University's Entrepreneurship Program, as the Director of Technology. Hem joined ASTRI in 2002 and is currently engaged in a R&D project to develop an Internet-based phonics learning software for primary school students. The software, titled "Sonic Ranger", is featured with voice recognition technology that allows children to record their pronunciation and get instant feedback from the computer on each phoneme of the recorded word.

Timothy has been invited for various speeches and teachings to share his experience in eLearning with school teachers and the industries. He received a BSc in Computer Science with Electronic Engineering from University College London and a Certificate in Graphic Design from SPACE, HKU. He is currently pursuing a Master degree in Technology Management.

Website: http://www.astri.org/home.html

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Lukas Ritzel - CyberFair Judge Name:  Lukas O Ritzel, Switzerland

Position:  Lukas Ritzel is a consultant for with his own global consulting company www.prasena.com. With Prasena, Lukas fulfilled his dream of building his own company covering academic, business, educational as well as social aspects of the new economy. He is involved in many eLearning, Creativity as well as Knowledge Management related projects and is consultant and active speaker at various Universities. Lukas is right now based in Thailand but will move within the year 2003 back to his home country of Switzerland.

Rather than seeing himself as a Swiss or Thailand based professional, Lukas sees himself as a virtual cyber-citizen. However Lukas has lectured and contributed to workshops in over 50 countries and has worked with people from more than 80 nationalities. Lukas has always been in education - for students at different schools as well as for the corporate world; physically as well as virtual using different virtual Internet collaboration tools. Lukas is famous for flamboyant presentation style and his on-the-edge presentations with lots of creativity and multiple usage of different media and inclusion of his 'students'.

Right now, Lukas is part of the core team of Global Learn Day initiative, is an active part of NiceNet, represents South East Asia on Creativity and Innovation Day as well as is working on various larger online proposals as a external consultant for various universities in Bangkok such as Assumption, Thammasat and Bangkok U.

His most recent larger teaching programs have been with Bangkok U on a semester assignment for under-graduates on "Organizational Behavior " and in collaboration with the Asian Institute of Technology was giving a ten days customized workshop on "Managing Organizational Change" for the National Family Planning Coordination Board of Indonesia. Much more on the more recent teaching projects Lukas was involved in can be visited on the Virtual U pages! Lukas' ultimate goal in life is to contribute to a Global Free university using multiple media to reach every single person in need of education and transfer passive students to active and critical investigators - read his latest white paper and visit his latest online presentation.

He speaks French, English, German, Thai and some Laotian

Website: http://www.prasena.com/public/cvlor.htm

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Arun Tripathi - CyberFair Judge Name: Arun Tripathi, Germany

Position:  Arun Kumar Tripathi (network educator, philosopher and facilitator) is a Director for the World Association for Online Education (WAOE), holding the Chair of Multilingual Project. His research interests include e-learning, ubiquitous learning, bodies in cyberspace & Virtual Reality, phenomenological concepts of (bodies) embodiment in computer games, embodiment and its relation to the world, phenomenological implications of e-learning, AI in learning and education, and cognitive aspects of human-computer interactions. Since August, he has been working in the Technical Philosophy department, Institute of Philosophy, Dresden University of Technology.

Websites: http://waoe.org/president/WAOE-founding.html

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Janette Toral - CyberFair JudgeName:  Janette Toral, Philippines

Position:  Janette Toral is the site owner of DigitalFilipino.com, an e-commerce, outsourcing, and wireless research site that started in September 1999. The site was a launch pad of her book, The DigitalFilipino: An E-Commerce Guide for the eFilipino. She pushed for e-commerce development in the Philippines as she founded the Philippine Internet Commerce Society last September 1997. She lead the organization as president from 1997 to 2002.

In 2002, she is the chairman of the 1st Philippine E-Government Awards. A recognition given to Philippine government agencies who came up with projects in compliance with Republic Act 8792 or the E-Commerce Law.  She currently heads the initiative of coming up with the Philippine E-Commerce Skills Standards Project using the APEC Tel E-Commerce Skills Standards as a kernel. She's a recipient of the CyberFair Ambassador Award, given by the Global SchoolHouse last June 1, 2002 in Taiwan, recognizing the effort of bringing CyberFair in the Philippines. CyberFair is an annual competition among students of primary and secondary schools around the world.

As an IT practitioner, she has more than 13 years of combined experience in the areas of training, management, sales, technical support, web development, event management, media relations, and project management. She's also a freelance writer since 1995 writing about e-commerce and IT developments in the Philippines. She has written articles for international publications such as Business Online, asia.internet.com, and World Executive Digest. Since September 1997 to the present, she has been frequently invited to various IT conferences in the country to talk about e-commerce developments in the Philippines. She is currently engaged in research, consulting, and working on a book project documenting 10 years of the Internet in the Philippines to be launched on March 2004.

Website: http://www.digitalfilipino.com

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  Name: Helen Wong, Hong Kong

Position:  Helen Wong is one of the Unit Heads of the Center for Enhanced Learning and Teaching (CELT) of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). CELT is an academic support unit dedicated to advancing the quality of learning and teaching by fostering a continuous quality improvement culture within HKUST and the wider education community. Internally, CELT strives to nurture a collaborative and creative learning environment through partnerships with departments, faculty, other teaching staff and students at the University. Externally, the center strengthens interactions with other education sectors through partnerships in innovative teaching and learning projects.

Headed by Ms Wong, the Programs Unit is responsible for planning, developing and organizing institutional learning enhancement and teaching development programs for the University and the wider education community.  In the area of learning enhancement, the Unit focuses its effort in programs concerning creativity and life-long learning skills. For example, in addition to offering General Education Courses to university students, the Unit has been running projects for both schools and university students. Currently, the Unit leads a University Grants Committee (UGC) funded project named “Interactive Media Art Gallery” which aims to enhance students’ creativity through media arts creation and involves over 1,400 school and university students. In 2000-2002, the Unit led an online Mathematics learning project named “MathVenture” which is funded by the Quality Education Fund. The Unit also runs self-financed programs for school students in “Creative Thinking and Expression”. It also manages a "Professional Certificate in eLearning for Schools" program with the objective to provide the latest knowledge and skills in the application of eLearning strategies and technologies in school settings.

Prior to joining CELT, Ms Wong was involved in commercial businesses in senior management level in manufacturing, finance and education. In 1997, she co-founded a private consulting company dedicated to promoting Internet learning to parents, teachers and students. In 1998, she initiated National Partnership with the International ThinkQuest Program and led promotional effort in Hong Kong with endorsement by the then Education Department resulting in participation growth of 95% within a year of launching.

Website: http://celt.ust.hk

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Gog Beng Yeow - CyberFair Judge Name: Goh Beng Yeow, Singapore

Position:  Whether it is the role of Student Leader, Ambassador or Technopreneur, Goh Beng Yeow has fitted into these roles with ease and fulfilled his responsibilities beyond the call of duty. At the age of 17, Beng Yeow was appointed student ambassador of the International Schools CyberFair, an International Webpage Design Competition with official entries from more than 550,000 students from 3,500 schools in 85 countries around the world.

Beng Yeow founded PDALive.com Pte Ltd in 2000 amidst the dot.com boom, a start-up specializing in handheld and mobility solutions. The company currently runs a PDA resource website for PDA users as well as custom handheld and mobility Enterprise solutions. Today, three years since his establishment of PDALive.com Pte Ltd, Beng Yeow is a seasoned player in the Singapore IT industry, having weathered the dot.com fervor and consequent crash while juggling between Singapore National Service and the operations of his company. In order to meet new challenges in the rapidly changing environment, Beng Yeow has undertaken a revamp of his business and rebranded PDALive.com Pte Ltd, as XinDesign Pte Ltd. XinDesign Pte Ltd specializes in Web, Mobile and Handheld Solutions Development and integrates the latest technologies with corporate marketing expertise in order to provide a new business solution for valued clients.

Website: http://www.xindesign.com

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Swu-ching Shelly Young - CyberFair Judge Name: Swu-ching Shelley Young, Taiwan

Position:  Dr. Shelley Shwu-ching Young is associate professor at National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Taiwan. She received her M. A. degree in 1986 and the Ph. D. degree in 1996, both in instructional design and technology from the Ohio State University at Columbus, Ohio, U.S. A. After returning from the States, in addition to fulfilling the requirements of her primary post at the Center for General Education, because of her expertise in cutting-edge multimedia and information technologies in education, she has been also invited to assist in the establishment of the Center of Teacher Education (since 1996), the Program of Information and Mass Media Communications (since 1997) and the Institute of Information Systems and Applications (since 2000). Currently she holds joint appointments at the Center for General Education and the Institute of Information Systems and Applications. Moreover, she held an administrative position, division director, at the Computer and Communication Center (CCC) of NTHU and was responsible for the setting up of a new Multimedia and Learning Technology lab and a digital TV studio from September 2001 to July 2002.

Since the 1990s she has been engaged in research and teaching in the areas of instructional technology and web-supported/web-based distance learning (e-learning) with a special interest in the use of the Internet in higher education and life-long learning and the integration of information technology in teacher education. She has led numerous research projects, implemented the ALICE system (Asynchronous Learning in Interactive Computer-network-supported Environments) and has been involved in the well-known Tsing Hua Web-based Science Museum and Tsing Hua Virtual Knowledge Park since 1997. In addition, since 2000 she has participated in a significant national project entitled “Four-year Program for Promoting Academic Excellence of Universities” with various universities, such as National Tsing Hua University--Advanced Technologies and Applications for Next Generation Information Communication NetworksA Web-based Educational Park; and National Central University—EduCities (A Web-mediated School for People of All Ages). Since 2001 she has been involved in the e-learning national project primarily funded by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the National Science Council (NSC). She has published more than 40 journal and conference papers in the fields of multimedia, educational technology and computer mediated lifelong learning. She received Research Awards from the National Science Council of Taiwan in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

She successfully organized the joint ICCE/ICCAI2000 Conference--International Conference on Computers in Education/ International Conference on Computer-Assisted Instruction held in Taipei, Taiwan, from Nov. 21-24, 2000 with 360 paper presentations and the participation of over 500 scholars and educators from 30 countries. Moreover, over the past years she has been invited to give talks at many international conferences and local universities and institutes/organizations, such as the keynote speaker of GCCCE2003--Global Chinese Conference on Computers in Education to be held at Nanking, China, from May 16 to 18, 2003; invited speakers at the Learning Technology Conference and Expo 2001, Taipei, September 27-30, 2001; ICCE2001--International Conference on Computer in Education, Seoul, Korea, being held from November 12-15, 2001; SITE2001--Society for Information and Technology and Teacher Education, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A., March 5-10, 2001; and keynote speaker at the SchoolNet2000, Pusan, Korea, August 4-5, 2000.

In addition, she is the Subject External Examiner of Information Technology for a university in Hong Kong for the 2002 to 2005 academic years and she has served as consultant to many organizations, including the Computer Center of the Ministry of Education (Master Plan of Information Technology in Education); Education Department of Taipei Municipal Government (Information Technology Advisory Committee); Hsin-chu Information Software and Web-based Learning Resource Center; and International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF), Taiwan & World Links, Washington, D. C., USA, on reviewing an international e-learning joint project 2002.  She has been on the Review Board of Taiwan School CyberFair, serving as the School Fair judge in 2001, 2002 and 2003 and was also on the Review Board of Taiwan National Webpage Contest on Charity, Technology and Humanity organized by the Chinese Professional Management Association of Hsin-chu, Taiwan.

She has been active in local and international professional associations. Since 1999 she was elected Executive Committee member of the Asia Pacific Chapter of the Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education (AACE-APC). She is currently on the Editorial Board committee of the Journal of Technology, Pedagogy and Education (JTPE), UK, since 1992 (formerly Journal of Information Technology in Teacher Education (JITTE).

Website: http://alice.gec.nthu.edu.tw/Shelley/

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