My name is Natalie Laderas-Kilkenny. I currently work as an instructional designer, and I have a strong interest in using collaborative technology for sharing and learning.

Me with my pseudo “Friends” haircut. I need to get a more recent photo 🙂

Actually there’s a more recent one here:

And I just put up the avatar made for me by my husband


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Design for Learning Blog which includes my portfolio work and thoughts and ideas on training development and related topics.



11 Responses to “About Me”

  1. 1 Tomas December 14, 2006 at 2:58 am

    Dear Natalie Kilkenny,
    you said in reply to my comment,
    The image hunts help me think and connect my thoughts with my feelings.
    That’s wonderful humble definition of what the visual artists do and I was happy to put your words on my blog.
    Thank you.

  2. 2 Rupa June 16, 2007 at 3:43 am

    Hey Nice to you hear that you liked my post useful 🙂

  3. 3 Rupa June 16, 2007 at 3:44 am

    Sorry for the typo in my previous comment.. I meant to say nice to hear that you found my post useful 🙂

  4. 4 Vanni B November 15, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    I love your avatar. Your husband was able to capture your spirit beautifully.

  5. 5 nkilkenny November 19, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    Thanks, Vanni… I think he does a pretty good job at that and a lot of things. Unfortunately, right now his website is down so no one can take a look at some of the newer things he’s done.

  6. 6 yulirahmawati May 2, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Hi Natalie,

    Thanks for your comment. Your works are really interesting. It is new area in my country (Indonesia). Hope, I can learn from you, Thank you

  7. 7 nkilkenny May 2, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Thanks Yuli! I think I can learn from you as well 🙂

  8. 8 capjax June 11, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Hello Natalie,
    A lot of your readers have problems with students disliking math.

    I believe that liking math begins with learning to add. This is the first big math challenge kids encounter and if a student meets it with success it sets the stage for everything that comes afterward.

    Unfortunately, only a handful of kids enjoy “great” success with addition. “So-so” applies to most and some students get creamed.

    It’s a crying shame because it’s not at all necessary that kids do only “so-so” with the basic tables. In fact, it’s fairly easy for them to become automatic with math facts and have fun doing it.

    It’s done with a software program called CapJaxMathFax. I know you’ve seen all kinds of electronic flashcards. Those programs are to CapJax what the card game “war” is to poker.

    Let me know if you’re interested. I can arrange for you to get a look. Seriously, I’ve seen kids who hated and were afraid of math start having fun inside just a couple of minutes.

    By the way, the learning principles that underlie CapJax’ effectiveness may be applied to more conceptual areas of math as well. It would be fun to talk about how they could be applied.

    Give me a call or an email.


    Jack Fretwell
    Starboard Training Systems
    11729 North Shore Drive
    Reston, VA 20190

    703-471-6791 fax

  9. 9 srobinson318 January 22, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Ms. Kilkenny,

    I am planning on attending the SALT conference in Orlando this spring. While browsing the brochure your planned presentation caught my eye. I was pleasantly surprised to see an examination of OSS and its potential in terms of e-learning.

    For the past six or seven years i have been involved in the development of an online Business Ethics simulation designed to familiarize business students with the ethical decision-making process and prepare them for the dilemmas they will face in corporate life. The simulation is powered entirely by OSS, and we’ve really benefited from heading in that direction. Not only has it lowered our costs, but also provided great flexibility in terms of stability and implementation. I’m looking forward to hearing about what you have discovered in your work and research.

    I’m finishing up my Masters program (E-learning) this spring and am currently researching instructional design/technology doctoral programs across the country. Can you make any recommendations based on your experience and or that of the other professionals you work alongside? Any insight you may have would be very helpful. I appreciate your time and patience.


    Sam Robinson

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