Krystle Phirangee is a certified elementary teacher with SMART Board training and TRIBES certification. She has worked as an Early Learning Facilitator for the YMCA childcare centres, an Early Learning Specialist for Bayview Glen daycamp, a Tutor in the Classroom for Peel District School Board, an Occasional Teacher for Toronto District School Board and as a Graduate Assistant for York University’s Institute for Research on Digital Learning. She has a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Sociology, a Bachelor of Education in the Primary and Junior divisions, and a Master of Education, focusing on web 2.0 technologies in the elementary classroom, from York University. Krystle successfully defended her dissertation at the end of July in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, which focused on the role of community in online learning. She is currently a senior researcher for the PeppeR project and an instructional designer for the Diversity and Human Rights Certificate (DHRC) program for the School of Public Policy and Administration at York University. Her research focuses on web 2.0 technologies in the K-12 classrooms, fostering a sense of community in online courses, online learning and teaching, as well as instructional design for online and blended courses.

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