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Judith Cramer-Fendelman

Professional Background

Educational Background

M.Phil. Yale University (American Literature). B.F.A. Parsons School of Design (Communication Graphics). B.A. Cornell University (English).

Scholarly Interests

Technology, media literacy, and democratic education. Citizen journalism /hyperlocal media in teacher education. Technology and gender.


“Judith Cramer discusses the relation of New Media with ‘The Levees’ Curriculum” (2007). Link to the audio podcast. on iTunes U.

Selected Publications

Crocco, M., Cramer, J., & Meier, E.B. (2008). (Never) mind the gap! Gender equity in social studies research on technology in the twenty-first century. Multicultural Education & Technology Journal, 2(1), 19–36.

Cramer, J., Boxer, D. & Neil, D. (2007). In our own image: Using representations of Katrina to empower media-literate citizens. In M. S. Crocco (Ed.), Teaching The Levees: A curriculum for democratic dialogue and civic engagement (pp. 25-40). New York: Teachers College Press.

Cramer, J. (2005). Blogs in the machine. In R. Diem & J. Passe (series Eds.) & M.S. Crocco (Vol. Ed.), Social studies and the press: Keeping the beast at bay?, (pp. 199-211). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Crocco, M. & Cramer, J. (2005).  Women, WebQuests and controversial issues in the social studies. Social Education 69(3), 143-148.

Crocco, M. & Cramer, J. (2005). Women, technology use, and global studies in social studies teacher education. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 5(1), 38–49. Available at:

Cramer, J. (2004) To blog or not to blog? A WebQuest for teachers of  high school journalism and English. Available at: http//

Crocco, M. & Cramer, J. (2004).  A virtual hall of mirrors? Confronting the digital divide in urban social studies teacher education. Journal of Computing in Teacher Education, 20(4), 133-139.

Cramer, J. & Scharf, E. (2002).  Desktop poetry project. Learning & Leading with Technology, 29(6), 28-31, 50-51.

professional presentations

Teaching The Levees: Inscribing Realities Through Documentary Film and Curriculum. (April, 2008). National Council of Teachers of English/ Conference on College Composition and Communication (NCTE/CCCC), New Orleans, LA.

Teaching The Levees: Students as Media Literate Citizens. (March, 2008). Half-day workshop, Computer Using Educators (CUE), Palm Springs, CA,

Teaching “The Levees”: Stimulating Democratic Dialogues on Race and Class. (March, 2008). Panel, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), New Orleans, LA.

Teaching the Levees: What Kind of Country Are We? What Do We Want to Be? (February, 2008). Half-day workshop, National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), New York, NY.

Teaching the Levees. (November, 2007). Interactive panel, People of Color Conference (PoCC), Boston, MA.

Gender, Technology and the Social Studies: Outlook for a New Century (April, 2007). Paper, American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chicago, IL.

Language Learning for a Small Planet: The Pocket Lab. (March, 2007). National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Denver, CO.

Using the Web to Support Field Trips (November, 2006). New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education (NSYCATE), Rochester, NY.

“WeMedia”: Simple Technology Tools Empower Students as Citizen Journalists. (November 2006). New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education (NSYCATE), Rochester, NY.

Gender, Technology and the Social Studies: What's the Problem? (March, 2006).  Panel, Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE), Orlando, FL

Virtual Museum: A WebQuest. (May, 2005). Half-day workshop, New York City Museum Educators Roundtable (NYCMER) Annual Conference, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY.

Instructional Strategies that Promote Critical Thinking: Proving Technology's Effectiveness. (June, 2004).  Half-day workshop, National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), New Orleans, LA.

(Re)Imagining Technology in the Humanities Classroom: HISTORY to histories. (May, 2004). Half-day workshop, Metropolitan School Study Council (MSSC) Spring Conference, New York, NY.

Women, Technology Use, and Global Studies. (March, 2004). Full Paper, Society for Technology & Teacher Education (SITE), Atlanta, GA, with Dr. Margaret Crocco, Teachers College. Best Paper Award. Available at:
Desktop Poetry Project. (November, 2003). National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), San Francisco, CA.

Tools for Teaching Histories. (May and December, 2003). iEARN CIVICS Seminars for Teachers from Primarily Muslim Nations, New York, NY.

L.A.N. for Learning. (February, 2002). Midwest Educational Technology Conference, St. Louis, MO.


"We Media" Curriculum Project Grant, Office of Diversity & Community, Office of the President, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2006

Technology Artist-in-Residence Grant, American Community School, Cobham (Surrey), United Kingdom, 2004.

Technology Partners: A Project Approach to Pre-Service Technology Infusion, US Department of Education PT3 Grant, 2000-2004. PT3 Visiting Team Leader, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 2003.

Crossing Digital Divides in Humanities Education, PT3 Grant Proposal, US Department of Education, 2001 (unfunded)

The URBS Curriculum in Classics and Computer Science, National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Proposal, 2000 (unfunded)

Greenberg Grant for Writing and Critical Thinking, Trinity School, New York, NY, 1999

Judith Cramer-Fendelman appeared in the following articles:

Bubbling With Thought (2/4/2010)

A Technology Artist in Residence (3/30/2004)

Dana Zaskoda (10/6/2003)

Improving Practice in Education (8/1/2003)