Back home again in Indiana!

Bring Dr. Thomas HOme

Why does he want to come home to Indiana?

Since I "retired" from higher education almost 4 years ago, I have tried to devote myself to K-12 education. Since my daughter was enrolled in public school during our time here in central Florida, I tried to advocate for teaching and learning with technology in her school district, but that was a futile effort. Undaunted, I contributed in whatever way I could via presentations, blogging, and of course, social media.

In addition to obvious contributions I could make to teaching and learning with technology, here are some other ways in which I could contribute:
  1. Coaching students and parents on digital citizenship
  2. Social media to advocate
  3. College admissions
  4. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, especially in computing

To HEAR how much I still care and WHY I care, click on the play button of this link. More than anything, I aspire to craft a digital strategy that would contribute to student learning, teacher professional development, and institutional advancement.

My daughter has been admitted to Purdue so we want to be closer to her college. In order to fulfill Purdue's criteria for in-state tuition, I must have a "predominant purpose" for relocating to Indiana. That would mean a JOB because merely relocating for my retirement doesn't fulfill that criterion. Fortunately, I can afford to be very flexible on compensation.

Of course, I am also open to opportunities in higher education or in non-profit organizations.

He's a Seasoned Innovative Starter!

He is the seasoned innovative starter who your institution needs at this critical phase of its history! He still has much to offer to education so he hopes for yet another opportunity to contribute as he has throughout his career.


Who is Dr. Thomas Ho?

THOMAS I. M. HO was Professor of Computer and Information Technology at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Previously, he was a Senior Fellow inInformation Systems and Computer Science at the National University of Singapore from 1993-1994. From 1990-1992, he was Director of the Information Networking Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. From 1978 to 1988, he was Head of the Department of Computer and Information Technology at Purdue University which was recognized by the Data Processing Management Association for its Four-year Institution Award for undergraduate computer information systems programs. From 1986-1988, he was on loan from Purdue to serve as Executive Director of the INTELENET Commission which pioneered the INdiana TELEcommunications NETwork. He received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from Purdue University.

Dr. Ho has always been in the forefront of innovating on the World Wide Web. During the aftermath of the disputed election in Iran in 2009, his contribution was featured in The Washington Post. Dr. Ho has been actively involved in distance education experiments with real-time streaming to add instructional value to Web-based training. He is one of the founders of IUPUI's CyberLab. Until recently, he was also involved in electronic commerce with particular emphasis on commercial activities on the Internet. He was an early pioneer who recognized the potential of electronic commerce when he gained global recognition for his Web resource

Thomas Ho's favorite Electronic Commerce WWW resources in the mid-1990s.

He is also engaged in efforts to motivate primary and secondary students to study information technology. While in Pittsburgh, he served as External Liaison for Common Knowledge: Pittsburgh, a project to provide Internet access to the Pittsburgh Public Schools. In Singapore, he was a consultant to the IT2000 Education Sector Programme of the National Computer Board. Currently, he is engaged in experiments to apply “Web 2.0” tools to improve teaching and learning through information technology. In the social media space, he is most engaged in helping non-profit organizations to harness social media to build community. Especially, he is a strong proponent of "personal branding via an online identity" as demonstrated by this page. Also, he is bullish on mobility and is currently using an Android tablet as well as an Android phone. Finally, he is a proponent of cloud computing and uses a Chromebook as his primary device when neither his tablet nor his phone is more productive.