Melanie Wiscount

  • Educational Leadership/Eductional Technology Ed.D.
  • Business Education & Computer Technology Teacher
  • Palmyra Area School District - Palmyra Area Senior High School
  • Education

Research Interests

Kinect in the Classroom Learning Styles Natural User Interfaces Active Learning STEM Education 21st Century Skills Social Learning Game/Simulation Learning Brain-based Research


Melanie Wiscount is a Microsoft Partners in Learning 2011 U.S. Forum educator winner, a 2011 Siemens STEM Institute Fellow and a business/computer technology educator at the Palmyra Area High School in Palmyra, Pennsylvania. Melanie is also an educational technology doctoral candidate at Wilkes University, Wilkes Barre, PA beginning her dissertation in gesture-based learning according to learning styles using Kinect in the middle level STEM classroom. She trains teachers as an educational technology professional development designer and facilitator and has presented at international, national, state and regional conferences as well as delivered online webinars to teachers and administrators.

Melanie was awarded the Educators’ Choice Award at the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2011 Innovative Educators Forum in Redmond, WA and represented the U.S. at the 2011 Global Forum in Washington, D.C.

She has teaching experience at the middle and high school levels as well as higher education. She holds five PA teaching licenses (Business, Computer and Information Technology K-12, Library Science K-12, English as a Second Language Program Specialist K-12, Middle Level Mathematics, and Instructional Technology K-12). She also holds a teaching post-professional license in Virginia (Business Education, Library Media and Middle Level Mathematics) as well as District of Columbia teaching license in Business Education.

Melanie is a guest blogger for Discovery Education/Siemens STEM Institute and Microsoft TeachTec blogs.
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Professional experience

Business Education & Computer Technology Teacher

Palmyra Area School District - Palmyra Area Senior High School

August 2009 - Present

Instructor, Adviser, and Student Teacher Supervisor

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

August 2008 - August 2009 (1 year)

Computer Technology Teacher

Derry Township School District ~ Hershey Middle School

August 2006 - August 2008 (2 years)

Business, Computers and Information Technology Teacher

Pine Grove Area School District - Pine Grove Area High School

August 2003 - August 2006 (3 years)

Education history

Wilkes University

Educational Leadership/Educational Technology Ed.D. program

September 2007 - April 2012 (4 years 7 months)

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Masters of Business Education/ESL Certification

January 2003 - December 2004 (1 year 11 months)

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Science ~ Accounting/Mathematics & Statistics minor

August 1980 - May 1984 (3 years 9 months)