Welcome to SisuTech. This blog is hosted by me, Chery Takkunen. I have been an educator for over 16 years, having taught people from 5 to 65! I am currently the Chair of Graduate Education programs at The College of St. Scholastica. I have been fortunate to work with both undergraduate and graduate students in traditional settings as well as in online and blended learning environments. While I am currently working in higher education, I also have eight years as an elementary teacher. What I am most passionate about is the potential for technology to positively impact student learning. My experiences as a teacher at every level and my research continue to demonstrate the power of technology to engage and motivate learners. I am continually intrigued at how young people are using technology and how educators can capitalize on new technologies in the classroom and in online teaching environments. It is my belief that educators have an obligation to prepare students for a global environment. Technology can be the catalyst to produce this change.
What’s in the name: SisuTech? Sisu is a Finnish word that frequently means determination, perseverance, spirit, guts, and sometimes stubbornness. Being of Finnish heritage this word has personal meaning for me. This word also is a good reminder about the type of attitude that is necessary to bring about change in an organization.