Ludmilla Smirnova, Ph. D
Hello all. My name is Ludmilla Smirnova. I am an Associate Professor at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY. I came to the U.S. from Russia 13 years ago. I grew up, got my education in Russia. I was Dean of School of Foreign Languages at Volgograd State Pedagogical University. My school is celebrating its 60th anniversary in October. Here is the picture of me among other four deans of the school - now the Institute of Foreign Languages. Volgograd State Pedagogical University/ Institute of Foreign Languages Scroll down the page to see the photo, look and guess where I am among the 3 women on the picture.
I graduated from:
I continued my learning by doing:
I am an active learner. Back in Russia, I attended numerous seminars, such as Business Management, led by the America Businessman Charles Clark, Positive Therapy conducted by a German pshychologist, etc. I was interested in the humanistic systems of education and got excited about Montessori method. I immediately requested to give me an opportunity to visit Montessori schools and Montessori Training Center in Nijmegen, Holland where I was invited to teach Russian and prepare a group of 12 students to come to Russia for their Internship on Social work. I got my Montessori training in May-June of 1994 in Ahrnem, NL and in July-August in Montessori Center of Chesterfield Day school in Saint Luis and on my return to my native city I opened 2 schools of Montessori. It was a long-term project with 2 principals of the schools in two different districts of the city. Both schools are flourishing and still represent the innovative approaches in teaching in my city, back in Russia. Exploring Montessori education allowed me discovering my own philosophy of teaching. I am a constructivist and a collaborator. That's why I embraced technology and excelled in this field.
My Wikieducator 2010 UPE Award
Boris lives in the U.S., he is married, has a wonderful wife, Mia, and four children, two daughters, Aliyah and Leyla, and two sons, Amin and Illias.
This is Aliyah
Boris and Ruslan share their love for technology with me. Boris worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts in a web development team. He is a web developer. Now he works for a big company Hertz. He has a websiteArtiststranger.com where he shares his love to Digital Graphics, Art, and web design.
My other son, Ruslan, is still in struggling Russia. He owns his design business Design history. It is very difficult for him to maintain his company because of economical instability in Russia but he is surviving with our help.
Love for Teaching
My Pre-WE Wikis
Creating with Web 2.0 Tools
My WE Learning Experience
My WE Learning Contract
Teaching with WE in Mind
WiZiQ WE Session
Moodle WE Workshop Development
I was invited by Nellie Deutsch to co-design and facilitate the Moodle workshop on WikiEducator and on Integrating Technology: Exploring New Domains Moodle site
Reflections and Feedback
My WE Reflections
Since my exploration of Maria Montessori, J. Piaget, L. Vygotsky, and later J. Bruner, S. Pappert and other educators I felt I belonged to the constructivist/progressivist school of thought! I follow its principles in my teaching philosophy.
My current studies are around teaching and learning with technology. I quickly realized that the new emergent technologies are based on the premise of constructivism and connectionism. The WikiEducator's environment reflects just that. People create things, share, collaborate, teach each other and at the same time actively learn.
Feedback & Notes from my WikiNeighbours
(: You have done incredible work in a very short time, Ludmila. What's your secret???? I'm sure other WikiEducators would love to follow your example. --Nellie Deutsch 07:54, 5 April 2010 (UTC))
** Thanks Gita! I wouldn't even know that my page was featured on WE. I am honored! It inspires me more to be creative and contribute to WE! --Dr. Ludmila Smirnova
Hi Ludmila. I couldn't wait to check out your user page after that great introduction you gave! This page is great! I can learn a lot from you and this user page. All the best to you, and thanks. Rebecca --Rkinakin 21:26, 2 September 2009 (UTC)
(: Hi Ludmilla! Thanks for your comments on my pages. It is great to know about your work. All the best! -- Ramesh Sharma 14:25, 2 September 2009)
(: Hi there Ludmilla - great page! It is so interesting to read your page - what an inspiration you are to your students. --Mary Robinson) (: Thank you Mary for stopping by! You are an inspiration yourself! Ludmilla)
(: Welcome Ludmilla. Keep adding. You are picking up really fast. We are all here to help you learn more. Warm wishes. --Gita_ Mathur 05:13, 27 August 2009 (UTC))
(: Hi Ludmilla thanks for your kind comments on my page. This is very impressive - I will add some more projects too I think. In 2007 I went from Beijing, through Mongolia and Irkutsk to Moscow on the train. What a beautiful country with so many nice people. Hope to visit again one day. I'm a big Moodler too --Richardnz 05:54, 2 September 2009 (UTC))
Great page Ludmilla, I didn't realise you were in WikiEducator, I learnt so much from you in Moodle thanks, we have something in common a lovely grand daughter.--Nadia El Borai 07:39, 5 April 2010 (UTC)