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Karen Pelekis is an elementary school teacher at Greenacres School in Scarsdale, New York, and has been an early childhood educator for more than fifteen years. She earned a B.A. from Colgate University, a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and a M.A.T. from Manhattanville College.
For the past four years, Ms. Pelekis has been collaborating with the New Literacies Research Team at the University of Connecticut to enhance literacy learning through the use of technology. Her kindergarten and first grade classes have an Internet Workshop as a regular component of balanced literacy. The students utilize multimodal Internet resources to study interdisciplinary units, and work with other classes through videoconferencing, wikis, blogs, and other digital content.
Ms. Pelekis has presented at workshops, IRA TILE-SIG sessions, and other conferences. She has written about her work for publications, including Reading Today Online.