EIS Academy Manager
Bonnie Thurber, the founding director of the iCollaboratory, has worked with students in person and online since 1989. Her major interest is online global collaboration and facilitation for K-20.
In 2011, Bonnie and Hongfeng Guo (China) created “Moon Over Us” as an international project for students in the USA and China. In the last four years, Classroom participants, ages 9 – 18, in this project have been from Austria, Brazil, Chile, Nepal, Poland and USA.
Bonnie is CEO Educational Continuum ORG NFP; iCollaboratory Director 2008-present; President of Global Hands-on University General Assembly, 2013-2016, member of the Kidlink Association Board of Directors, 2009-current.
April 1, 2008, Bonnie joined Northwestern University’s Academic & Research Technologies (ART) and quickly became an integral part of the Faculty Support Services team. In 2014, Bonnie retired from NU and is currently enjoying spending her time working with the iCollaboratory and other NFP projects.
Before joining ART, Bonnie was responsible for programs and professional development at the Collaboratory Project where she worked with K-12 teachers and administrators to support teachers as they created and managed engaging, standards-aligned, collaborative projects for their students using the Collaboratory. Bonnie also developed and facilitated online courses, presentations and workshops.
While at the Collaboratory Project, she initiated the Sponsored Projects program. The first project, “Kid-made Toys” had 600 student participants. Her final Sponsored Project, “National Poetry Month,” had 6000 K-12 student participants. She is now producing National Poetry Month and other sponsored projects in the iCollaboratory.
For five years, Bonnie has instructed an Online Writing Workshop course as part of the Northwestern University Center for Talent Development Gifted Learning Links Program. Bonnie co-authored a book, Literacy Learning in Networked Classrooms: Using the Internet with Middle Level Students, based on what was learned from her online writing workshop.
Bonnie has served as president of the Illinois Computing Educators, Co-chair of the NECC 2001, the National Educational Computing (NECC) Conference, and International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) Board member. She is currently on the Board of Directors of Kidlink, a Global Network for Youth.
Bonnie has presented at numerous conferences in person and via video conferencing in Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, North America, South America.
In her Pre-NU life, Bonnie was a tenured Faculty Member at National-Louis University in the National College of Education. She was technology director for Baker Demonstration School, PreK-8th grade. In her pre-Chicago life, Bonnie lived in the San Francisco Bay Area where she was a classical ballet dancer and teacher.