by Ela Kaye Eley

Eley 2013 CV

Page List

Faculty Vitae

Contact Information





Department of Adolescent and Adult Education


Ela Kaye Eley

Assistant Professor of Edcational Technology




  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Florida, 2012
    • Concentration: Educational Technology
      • Dissertation: Elementary Preservice Teachers’ Descriptions of Their Use of Social Media
  • Coursework for certification add-on, University of Georgia, 2002
    • Concentration: Educational Leadership (22 semester hours)
  • Ed.S., Instructional Technology, State University of West Georgia,1999
    • Thesis: Factors that Influence Elementary Teachers to Use the Internet in the Classroom
  • M.A., Education, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1985
    • Concentration: Childhood Education
  • B.M., Music, Valdosta State University, 1981
    • Concentrations: Education, Trombone






Professional Experience


Armstrong Atlantic State University; Savannah, Georgia
Assistant Professor of Educational Technology, 2012 – present

  • Update curricula for undergraduate and graduate courses in classroom technology use
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in classroom technology use
  • Chairperson – COE Educational Technology Committee
  • Member – Middle Grades Education Committee
  • Member – Military Initiative Group                                   

University of Florida; Gainesville, Florida
Visiting Lecturer/Graduate Assistant, 2002 - 2006, 2010 - present

  • Appointed to post of Visiting Lecturer after 3 years as Graduate Assistant  
  • Taught 3 or 4 course sections each semester
  • Developed and taught face-to-face and online instruction
  • Worked closely with College of Teaching and Learning Faculty to integrate technology in the college classroom
  • Field experience supervisor for education students during practicum as part of K/12 University Partnership

Courses Taught:

  • EME 4401 Integrating Technology in the Elementary Curriculum (undergraduate)
    • Collaborated on course redesign
    • Delivered face-to-face and blended
  • EME 4401 Integrating Technology in the Early Childhood Curriculum
    • Co-created course
    • Delivered face-to-face and blended
  • EDE 4942 Integrated Teaching in the Elementary School (undergraduate)
    • Field supervision
    • Curriculum instruction
    • Reflection and inquiry
  • EME 5405 Using the Internet in K-12 Instruction (graduate)
    • Online course
  • EME 6945 Practicum in Educational Media (graduate)
    • Included on-site supervision
    • Inquiry project

Forsyth County School System; Cumming, Georgia
Instructional Technology Specialist, 2000 - 2002

  • Curriculum development, design, and delivery for professional development at the local and state levels
  • Project co-manager for re-accreditation study
  • Provided troubleshooting and inventory control for 290 networked computers
  • Compiled and interpreted data analysis reports to classroom teachers for differentiated instruction
  • Worked with teachers and students in the classroom to model technology integration
  • Project design manager for state and national education related presentations
  • Delivered state approved technology training for all Instructional Technology
    Specialists (K-12) in the school system. This initiative then allowed the local system to create a state-approved proprietary training program.

Coweta County Schools; Newnan, Georgia
Curriculum Technology Specialist, 1997 - 2000

  • Curriculum development and instructional design for professional development
  • Taught one-on-one and group staff development courses for school faculty and administration
  • Project manager for successful re-accreditation study and on-site visit
  • Troubleshooting and inventory control for 250 networked computers
    (Windows and Macintosh)
  • Worked with teachers and students in the classroom to model technology integration

DeKalb County School System; Decatur, Georgia
Classroom Music Teacher, 1989 - 1996

  • Responsible for monthly scheduling of all non-academic classes for school of 800 students in PK-7
  • Designed costumes and sets, coordinated parent volunteers, choreographed and prepared musical numbers to involve 400 K-7 students in each of 3 staged productions annually
  • Extra-curricular activities
    • After-school computer club
    • Show choir
    • Before-school bell choir
  • Two separate 12-week stints as interim Lead Teacher

Educational Computing Specialist, 1992 - 1996

  • Implemented new Integrated Learning System
  • Created and interpreted data reports for classroom teachers
  • Developed system level handbook for new Educational Computing Specialists
  • Networking and troubleshooting for 140 computers
  • Researched and compiled district and state technology reports
  • Professional development course design and delivery


Follett Higher Education Group
Bristol Community College Bookstore Manager, 2007 - 2009

  • Provided excellent customer service to all clients (faculty/staff, students, parents, alumni) that resulted in renewal of contract for business
  • Hired, trained, and scheduled all employees for main location and 2 satellite locations
  • Collected over $400K in overdue customer accounts in <6 months
  • Enhanced customer experiences and reduced controllable expenses resulting in sales growth of 32% in 16 months (from $2.5 million in FY 08 to $3.3 million in FY 09)

Tabernacle Baptist Church; Cartersville, Georgia
Director of Childhood Education, 1986 - 1988

  • Budget planning and administration
  • Recruitment and staffing
  • Special events coordinator
  • State and national consultant
  • Training specialist



Intellectual Contributions


Eley, E. K., Kumar, S., Liu, F. (2012). Pre-service elementary teachers’ use of social media: Highlighting the importance of educational technology courses. Paper Presentation for Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Austin, TX, 2012.

Eley, E. K. (2004). Using a phenomenological approach to study technology integration. In Ferdig, R.E., Crawford, C., Carlsen, R., Davis, N., Price, J., Weber, R. & Willis, D.A. (Eds.) Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference Annual, 906-909. Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

Ferdig, R. E., Eley, E. K., Ceballos, E., & Wood, A. (April, 2003). Teaching and learning with technology: An analysis of best practice in Florida schools. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.



Koro-Ljungberg, M., & Eley, E. K. (2012, April). Virtual methodology and connectibility in qualitative research. Presentation delivered at Annual Conference of American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, B.C.

Eley, E. K. (2006). Processes that influence the negotiated roles of inservice-preservice teams integrating technology into the elementary curriculum within a K-12/university partnership. Presented at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference, 2006.

Eley, E. K., and Dawson, K. (2006). I know I should use technology, but how? Presentation at the Florida Educational Technology Conference, 2006.

Dawson, K., & Eley, E. K. (2004). Integrating technology in the curriculum via K-12/university partnerships. Panel presented at the Florida Educational Technology Conference, Orlando, FL. (With a coordinated panel of         teachers from Alachua County and graduate students from the University of Florida)

Eley, E. K., Branch, D., Styles, C., & Riddle, C. (2002). Catch the vision. Presentation at the 62nd Annual National School Boards Association (NSBA) Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Styles, C., Branch, D., McKinney, C., & Eley, E. K. (2002). Catch the vision. Presentation at the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) - National Conference on Education, San Diego, CA.

Hobson, K., Head, K., & Eley, E. K. (2001). Classroom technology integration. Presentation at the Georgia Educational Technology Consortium Conference (GaETC), Savannah, GA.

Eley, E. K. (1998). Bringing the Internet to life with links. Presentation at the Georgia Educational Technology Consortium Conference (GaETC), Macon, GA.



Nominee - University of Florida Graduate Student Teaching Award (Fall 2004)

University of Florida Outstanding Student (2004, 2005)

Teacher of the Year, DeKalb County School System (1994)



American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE)

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)

Kappa Delta Pi

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)



Project Manager for Ferdig, R.E. (2002 - 2003). Principal Investigator for funded grant proposal entitled, “Technology in Florida schools: An analysis of best practice.” University of Florida College Research Incentive Fund. ($3,500).

Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology (PT3); University of Florida, 2002 - 2004. Faculty Mentor

AT&T Grant for Education; DeKalb County School System, 1995. Grant written and awarded for Multicultural Musical Instruments in Elementary Music, ($5,000).

BellSouth Mini-Grant; DeKalb County School System, 1994. Grant written and awarded for Music Performance in the Elementary School, ($1,000).



Georgia: Early Childhood Education (P-5) & Music (P-12)

New Jersey: Supervisor - lifetime certificate