Mary Leyden is the technology integration teacher at Bernardston Elementary, a small, rural elementary school in western Massachusetts. This past fall, Leyden was awarded state Lighthouse Grant funding for her media literacy and authoring project entitled Candid Candidates. She earned a master's degree in educational technology from Lesley University and has completed the Massachusetts State Wide Assistive Technology training program.

Howard Lurie is associate program director for technology at the Brookline-based Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation. During the 1997-1998 school year, he was an American Memory Fellow as part of a Library of Congress project to provide digital content to teachers. Lurie has taught history and social studies at the secondary level. He earned his M.A. from Columbia University.

Dennis Mercurio is an instructional technologist at Arlington High School. As an educator for 32 years, he has served as an English teacher, work-study coordinator, and career education specialist, and has established several award-winning community-service programs. Mercurio has taught in the CIT program at Framingham State College and chaired the Arlington Strategic Plan Technology Committee. He regularly conducts staff-development workshops in curriculum development and technology application.

Brian K. Smith has been an assistant professor at MIT's Media Laboratory since 1997. His research has focused on the development of computational tools for collaborative critique and explanation. Many of these tools engage people, especially children, in learning through critical debate and argument around digital imagery. Smith earned a B.S. degree in computer engineering from UCLA and a Ph.D. in the learning sciences from Northwestern University.

Martha Stackpole has been a teacher for 30 years, conducting presentations and workshops at the district level as well as at state educational conventions. She holds a B.A. in education from Smith College, a master's degree from Simmons College and a M.Ed. from Tufts University.

Ralph Summer is a first grade teacher at Saluda Elementary School in South Carolina. He will complete his master's degree in educational technology from Lesley University this year.

Vera Walker is a technology workshop facilitator and communications faculty member at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. Her current research focuses on the use of traditional and new media by students in the classroom. Walker is a graduate of Tufts University and The Ohio University, and is a doctoral candidate in journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.