The College of Education's innovative concentration in educational technology has made an impact with the program's first graduating students in December 2013 and May 2014. One of the early graduates, Kattie Nash, was recently awarded Prescott South and Putnam County's Elementary Teacher of The Year. This recognition reinforces her commitment to the students and for being a pioneer in incorporating technology into the classroom. Info on the Ed Tech Master's/Ed.S. degree can be found at www.tntech.edu/ci/edtech
Students will soon be able to immerse themselves in a variety of virtual environments as part of a research project underway in the College of Education. The Oculus Rift takes students into a 3-D virtual world, enabling simulations for students that may not be possible in real life. Jason Beach, assistant professor of instructional technology, developed the project to help autistic students practice interacting in everyday scenarios. More info about the project can be found at http://www.oculusvr.com/ or www.tntech.edu/ci/edtech.
Jennifer Meadows was named Facilitator of the Year by Project Learning Tree Award at the Tennessee Forestry Association's annual conference in Memphis. Project Learning Tree provides educators with environmental education curriculum resources that can be integrated into lesson plans for all grades and subject areas. PLT teaches students how to think, not what to think, about complex environmental issues, and helps them acquire skills needed to make choices about the environment. Developed in 1976 and funded by the American Forest Foundation, PLT's 50-state network includes more than 500,000 trained educators.
Dr. Helen Dainty, Dr. Laura Graves, and Mrs. Amy Callender have been invited to the "International Scientific and Educational Forum Individual, Family, and Society: History, Development Prospects at Krasnovarsk State Pedagogical University". The conference takes place in Siberia, Russia.
Dr. Jason Beach has been invited as a featured speaker at the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His research work with Augmented Reality will be the focus of the presentation.
Dr. Holly Anthony, associate professor of mathematics education in Curriculum and Instruction, has been invited to continue her service as a mathematics core leadership reviewer for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. Assessments being developed there will track student learning in grades 3-12 across multiple states beginning next fall. Anthony has been on various PARCC committees since fall 2010 including service as one of four representatives of Higher Education on the PARCC State Leadership Team and as a member of the national (10-member) PARCC Mathematics Focus Working Group
The College of Education's Learning Resource Center recently surpassed 10,000 laptop and iPad checkouts. The LRC has been seamlessly supporting education majors with cutting-edge technology and printed materials for several decades. Apple laptops, iPads, and many other content-specific items have been accessible to undergraduate and graduate educators for years. Education faculty members have helped support projects all over campus with support from the LRC. Brooke Brown is the Librarian and the LRC Director is Dr. Carl Owens.
Dr. Missy Comer and Dr. Leslie Suters, associate professors in Curriculum & Instruction, received the 2012-2013 TTU QEP Excellence Award. Dr. Comer's project titled "Planning literacy-based learning opportunities for pre K-12 students with iPads" and Dr. Suter's project titled "STEM-based activities using iPads" were selected as exemplary by the University.
Dr. Martha Howard was awarded a Diversity Grant (The Family and Schooling Literacy Project: Family and Schools Generating Close Readings and Critical Responses to Global and Informational Texts, $60,000.00).
Dr. George Chitiyo and Dr. Lisa Zagumny were awarded a two-year TBR Access and Diversity Grant (Improving Social Engagement & Academic Achievement among Minority Students, $52,766.00).
Dr. Carl Owens was the invited keynote speaker for the Little Rock School District in Arkansas. His keynote presentation, titled Technology Across Time: Where We Were, Where We Are, and Where We Need To Go, was shared with several thousand educators.