School of Information, University of California, Berkeley  Master of Information Management and Systems, May 2009
Brown University, Providence, RI  Bachelor of Arts, May 2003
University of Melbourne, Australia  Study Abroad, Spring 2002

Work Experience

Lead Designer & Feature Developer, Web-based Inquiry Science Environment,  July 2009-present
Technology-Enhanced Learning in Science (TELS) Center, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education
  • Lead interaction, interface, and web designer for the Web-based Integrated Science Environment (WISE)
  • Develop and design features for WISE student, teacher, and curriculum authoring tools
  • Technology-research liaison: facilitate collaboration among software developers, educational researchers, and users
  • Provide technical and instructional support to teachers and students in the classroom
  • Manage hardware and software purchases
San Francisco Salsa Festival Registration Manager,  2010-present
John & Liz Productions, Oakland, CA
  • Manage ticketing and registration for annual San Francisco Salsa Festival
  • Implemented online registration system (customized installation of open-source CiviCRM resource management application)
Open Library Virtual Shelf,  May 2009
Masters Thesis, UC Berkeley School of Information
  • Developed virtual bookshelf application for the Open Library project of the Internet Archive
  • Performed feature analysis of digital libraries and online search and collaboration environments
  • Interviewed and conducted participant observations of librarians and library patrons
  • Created and field tested prototype built in Adobe Flash/Flex
  • Production application built with a Javascript/HTML/CSS frontend, Ruby on Rails and MySQL backend
Graduate Student Researcher, Children's Storytelling & Programming with a Robotic Lifeform Fall 2008-Spring 2009
UC Berkeley School of Information
  • Iteratively designed and tested a system to enable creative storytelling and introduce conditional programming concepts to children using the Pleo robotic dinosaur
  • Utilized ReacTIVision computer vision framework; graphical user interface and communications written in the Processing language
Research Associate/Program Assistant, Technology-Enhanced Learning in Science (TELS) CenterOct 2003-June 2009
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education
  • Provided technical and instructional support to teachers and students in the classroom
  • Developed and designed interactive features of online science curriculum units
  • Redesigned and built TELS research consortium website and accompanying citation library
  • Designed and created publicity and publication materials
  • Managed hardware/software inventories
Teaching Assistant, INFO 202: Information Organization and Retrieval,  Oct 2008-May 2009
UC School of Information
  • Collaboratively designed and organized course materials for foundational School of Information graduate course
  • Led weekly discussion sections and provided personalized feedback and student assistance
Teaching Assistant, ED158: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Child Development,  Spring 2003
Brown University Education Department
  • Led weekly discussion sections and held office hours
  • Graded exams and writing assignments
Student Researcher, Study of Chinese and American students’ conceptions of the ideal learner,  Fall 2001, Spring 2003
Brown University Education Department
  • Distributed and reviewed research surveys
  • Categorized and coded survey responses
Researcher, Seminar development for incoming female engineering students,  Summers 2001 & 2002
University of Massachusetts Computer Engineering Department
  • Collaboratively adapted online courseware system for delivery on personal digital assistants
  • Researched and reported on gender issues in higher education engineering fields

Selected Publications & Presentations

  • Matuk, C. F., McElhaney, K., King Chen, J., Miller, D., Lim-Breitbart, J., & Linn, M. C. (2012). The Idea Manager: A tool to scaffold students in documenting, sorting, and distinguishing ideas during science inquiry. In The Future of Learning: Proceedings of the 10th international conference for the learning sciences. Sydney, Australia: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Ryokai, K., Lee, M. J., & Breitbart, J. M. (2009, Oct 27-30). Children’s Storytelling and Programming with Robotic Characters. Paper presented at the 7th Creativity & Cognition Conference, Berkeley, CA. [Best Paper Award]
  • Ryokai, K., Lee, M. J., & Breitbart, J. M. (2009, April 4-9). Multimodal Programming Environment for Kids: A “Thought Bubble” Interface for the Pleo Robotic Character. Paper presented at CHI 2009: 13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Boston, MA.
  • Breitbart J. & Blong D. (2009). The Virtual Shelf. Master of Information Management & Systems Final Report, School of Information, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Breitbart, J. & Blong, D. (2008, October 27). The Virtual Shelf. Presentation at the Open Content Alliance Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  • Breitbart, J. & Blong, D. (2008, July 25). The Virtual Shelf. Presentation at ‘Mashup the Library’, CARL North IT Workshop, Santa Clara, CA.
  • Breitbart J., Balakrishnan D., & Ganz A. (2002). Pocket-IMPACT Software for Delivering Online Courseware on a PDA: Challenges, Design Guidelines and Implementation. 32nd ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Boston, MA.

Community Activities

  • Vice President, Information Management Student Association (UC Berkeley School of Information)
  • Elementary School Tutor & Mentor (KIDS Project, Swearer Center for Public Service, Brown University)
  • Tennis instructor & counselor (Judy Dixon’s Tennis School, University of Massachusetts)
  • Youth basketball coach (Leisure Services, Amherst, MA)
  • Interests & hobbies: Photography, cooking, athletics (tennis, softball, golf, basketball), fantasy sports, electronics/computers