Educational Technology – Augusta University College of Education https://coenews.augusta.edu Prepared, able, and responsive Tue, 06 Mar 2018 21:03:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 College releases app to help adapt sports for special needs https://coenews.augusta.edu/archives/1856 https://coenews.augusta.edu/archives/1856#respond Mon, 05 Jun 2017 12:59:44 +0000 https://coenews.gru.edu/?p=1856 AUGUSTA, GA – Students with special needs can sometimes be excluded from extracurricular activities and sports because teachers and caretakers may not know how to adapt to their needs.

To combat this, students in Dr. Nai-Cheng Kuo’s Family and Community Engagement for Exceptional Children class, along with the department of Technology Enhanced Learning and Innovation, have developed a tool to help adapt sports for special needs students: an app called Slam Dunk! Home Run!

Slam Dunk! Home Run! is a free, downloadable interactive comic that Augusta University has designed to help teachers and classmates better understand students in their class who may have disabilities. More specifically, the app will help them to understand how they can accommodate them in a physical education setting. Click here to see photos.

“Physical education is not just for people who are good at sports,” said Cole Janousek, a senior special education major and baseball player for Augusta University. “Just like every student gets the ability to learn, every student deserves to take part in all of the other opportunities that schools offer.”

The interest in an athletics-oriented project arose organically. Two of the students in the class were student-athletes – Janousek, the baseball player; and Lindsey Weidenaar, a former basketball player turned M.A.T. student, and now a Columbia County Educational Therapeutic Service teacher at Stallings Island Middle School. The third classmate, Theresa Wortham, is an experienced educator and applied behavioral analyst at A. Brian Merry Elementary School in Richmond County.

Their challenge was to relate how the world functions through the eyes of someone with a learning difference or special need. How does one mimic sensory overload or attention deficits – processes that happen entirely inside a person’s mind and body – for those who have never experienced it?

“We used the voices of children with special needs to speak directly to teachers,” said Kuo, whose work focuses on special education. “We hope this tool will help teachers to include more students in activities in ways that are meaningful and educational.”

After putting together a presentation and outline, the class enlisted the expertise of Jeff Mastromonico, director of Technology Enhanced Learning and Innovation, who pulled in Dr. Ashley Cullum, manager of Instructional Design. The two got to work on translating the idea and educational strategies into a functional application.

“The opportunity to craft this piece was incredible. But there was a challenge in depicting mental, emotional and even some medical differences in an illustration,” Mastromonico said. The team broke through that barrier by breaking another one: the fourth wall.

“We decided to have the characters speak directly to the reader in some situations,” he said.

The result is a colorful and interactive digital comic that speaks directly to teachers, coaches and care providers about how they can include all students in physical education and sports.

Kuo said there is no “one size fits all” approach to how to make physical education and sports available to students with special needs. Just as students without special needs have different abilities, the same as true for students in special education classes. The comic is designed to address a variety of different situations, in three different languages, so that teachers all over the world have a free recourse to adjust their classes as needed.

“To start a conversation is critical,” Mastromonico said, “Children sometimes have challenges you can’t see, and no matter how much training you have, broaching that subject with students and some adults can be hard. Maybe this comic will create a better understanding and more empathy.”

Slam Dunk! Home Run! can be downloaded for Android, iOS and Amazon. Click here to see photos. And for more information or to download, visit: http://jaguware.com/slam-dunk-home-run.

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WFXG: Slam Dunk! Home Run! aims to help communicate to children with disabilities https://coenews.augusta.edu/archives/1783 https://coenews.augusta.edu/archives/1783#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 17:10:18 +0000 https://coenews.gru.edu/?p=1783 Seeing the world through the eyes of someone with a learning difference or special need can be impossible. How do you mimic sensory overload or attention deficits, processes that happen entirely inside a person’s mind and body, for those who have never experienced it?

Students and faculty within the College of Education have developed a tool to help do just that: Slam Dunk! Home Run!

WFXG interviewed the creators as they demonstrated the tool and the process of making it. Click here to view their story.

 

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Center manager will present at international conference https://coenews.augusta.edu/archives/1451 https://coenews.augusta.edu/archives/1451#respond Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:13:37 +0000 http://coenews.gru.edu/?p=1451 AUGUSTA, GA. – Jennifer Armstrong, manager of the College of Education’s Instructional Resource Center at Augusta University, has been selected to present in the Google Teaching Theater at International Society for Technology in Education Conference and Expo on June 27 in Denver, Colo.

Armstrong will present “Digging into Data with Snazzy Spreadsheets” to a diverse group of educators. The ISTE represent almost 16,000 educators coming from 76 countries around the world, and nearly 2,000 will attend ISTE 2016.

“From Individual content proficiency to test score trends to comparing performance between different groups of students, data collection and analysis has become a large part of the job of most educators,” Armstrong said. “The ability to utilize a spreadsheet can make this part of an educator’s job easier. This session will focus on simple strategies to use Google sheets to analyze data.”

Armstrong holds an Ed.S. in Instructional Technology from the University of West Georgia and is a Google for Education Certified Innovator and Google for Education Certified Trainer

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GRU in the news: Richmond County Schools and GRU form partnership https://coenews.augusta.edu/archives/984 https://coenews.augusta.edu/archives/984#respond Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:19:53 +0000 http://coenews.gru.edu/?p=984 AUGUSTA, GA. – On July 16, the Georgia Regents University College of Education unveiled the first of our Partner School signs at Diamond Lakes Elementary School. The Partner School Network initiative is intended to create a coherent, completely collaborative and comprehensive entity through which both initial and advanced study for educational professionals is provided.

Click here to watch the story and learn more about our Partner School program from our friends at WAGT NBC26 News.

Thanks so much to Alexa Laz NBC 26 for joining us! Also thanks to State Rep. Earnest Smith, Sean Frantom for District 7 Commissioner, and Commissioner Dennis Williams for their support.

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GRU in the news: GRU partners with Richmond County Schools https://coenews.augusta.edu/archives/974 https://coenews.augusta.edu/archives/974#respond Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:13:36 +0000 http://coenews.gru.edu/?p=974 On July 16, the Georgia Regents University College of Education unveiled the first of our Partner School signs at Diamond Lakes Elementary SchoolThe Partner School Network initiative is intended to create a coherent, completely collaborative and comprehensive entity through which both initial and advanced study for educational professionals is provided.

Click here to see the story and learn more about our Partner School program from our friends at WJBF News Channel 6. Thanks so much to Alexa Laz NBC 26 for joining us! Also thanks to State Rep. Earnest Smith, Sean Frantom for District 7 Commissioner, and Commissioner Dennis Williams for their support.

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GRU will host summer workshop for educators https://coenews.augusta.edu/archives/953 https://coenews.augusta.edu/archives/953#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2015 00:11:20 +0000 http://coenews.gru.edu/?p=953 AUGUSTA, GA. – The CSRA Regional Education Service Agency (CSRA RESA) and Georgia Regents University College of Education will host a free two-day workshop for educators June 24-25. “Celebrating Student Voices: The Power of the Instructional Shifts” will cover the essential shift in classroom instruction necessary to ensure that students achieve the level of rigor required under Common Core standards.

Participants will attend content and grade specific sessions that emphasize the instructional shifts in both language and math literacy; and will earn one PLU upon completion of the two-day training.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Naesha Parks, principal of Evans Elementary School and author of the book “The Heart Feels First: A Story of Revival and Recovery”; and Dr. Zach Kelehear, incoming Dean of the Georgia Regents University College of Education, and author of the books “The Art of Leadership: A Choreography of Human Understanding,” “Instructional Leadership as Art: Connecting ISLLC and Aesthetic Inspiration,” and “Leading without Being Stung: The Instructional Leader Meets the Apiarist.”

Several GRU faculty and staff will present educational sessions:

  • Jennifer Armstrong, director of the Instructional Resource Center, will present “Flipping over Math,” which focuses on bringing the concept of the flipped classroom to math instruction.
  • Dr. Susan Edwards, Assistant Professor of Education, will present “Getting Them to Talk: Leading Good Class Discussions in Grades 5-12,” which will provide strategies to lead productive classroom discussions.
  • Dr. Mark Freitag, Associate Professor of Mathematics, will present “Incorporating Mathematical Reasoning through Worthwhile Tasks,” which will focus on implementing inductive and deductive reasoning into the mathematics classroom.
  • Dr. Stacie Pettit, Assistant Professor of Education, will present “Teaching Mathematics through Problem Solving,” which will guide participants through the steps to implement complex problem solving.
  • Dr. Judi Wilson, Associate Professor of Education, will present “Don’t Work Harder than Your Students: Use the Gift of Formative Assessment,” which will integrate formative assessments into your daily teaching toolbox.

Attendance is free. Registration is required.

For more information, contact Faith Hopkins at 706-556-6225 or faith@csraresa.org.

 

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IRC Tool Spotlight: Powtoons https://coenews.augusta.edu/archives/807 https://coenews.augusta.edu/archives/807#respond Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:55:49 +0000 http://mcgsites.org/coe/?p=807 AUGUSTA, GA. – Teachers are constantly looking for new and effective tools that can captivate students, can bring life to a lesson and foster learning. Powtoon is a tool that can do just that. Powtoon is an online cloud-based software program that allows you to create animated and professional looking presentations.

This tool provides teacher with an alternative to traditional presentation software that may seem overused and monotonous to a student. Powtoons provides students and teachers a way to create an animated video as well as upload their own photos, add background music, sounds and voice overs.

For more information on this free online tool, check out their website: www.powtoons.com or stop by the Instructional Resource Center.

Here is an example of a Powtoon Created by GRU student Ariel Lucas.

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IRC Tools Spotlight: The Sphero https://coenews.augusta.edu/archives/764 https://coenews.augusta.edu/archives/764#respond Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:58:04 +0000 http://mcgsites.org/coe/?p=764 How do you teach P-12 students the future of technology? Programming, robotics, math. The GRU Instructional Resource Center has a new way: the Sphero.

The Sphero is a way of teaching beginning robotics to students. The study of robotics is a way to incorporate all four aspects of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in an engaging manner for students.

Sphero is a water- and crash-proof instrument that allows the student to explore the world of robotics. This round ball can be controlled with a variety of apps, using a smartphone or tablet. The controller can also adjust the color, speed and pathway of the ball.

The CORE lessons provided with Sphero are aligned with the National Common Core Curriculum for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. Sphero’s ease of use and lack of wires make it superior to other beginning robotic tools.

If you would like to try out Sphero for yourself, stop by the Instructional Resource Center in University Hall, Room 249. Click here to learn more: http://www.gosphero.com/education/

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Media Specialists Collaborative kicks off https://coenews.augusta.edu/archives/733 https://coenews.augusta.edu/archives/733#respond Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:30:48 +0000 http://mcgsites.org/coe/?p=733 AUGUSTA, GA – Dozens of media specialists around the CSRA joined the Media Specialists Collaborative, sponsored by the GRU College of Education and the GRU Instructional Resource Center.

“The collaborative is a great opportunity for these professionals to share the new ways they’ve engaged area P-12 students and implemented technology in the schools,” said Jennifer Armstrong, manager of the Instructional Resource Center. Click here to view photos of the opening session.

Kim Isiminger, media specialist at Lakeside Middle School, shared the way the school is planning using “maker spaces” in the Media Center. Maker spaces are creative spaces where students can gather to invent, create and learn. In school media centers, the space may include special software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies, tools or even a 3D printer.

Attendees also participated in a two-session “un-conference.” Sessions in the un-conference included time to learn about 3D printing and CyberScience software; time to explore the Sphero, a waterproof, pet-proof app-controlled robot ball with endless possibilities, in the Sphero playground; literacy design collaborative core tools; and digital tools for the media center. A group discussion covered making the media center more collaborative for teachers.

The GRU Instructional Resource Center is committed to supporting P-12 education by exposing student and educators to the latest technology tools and strategies. The media specialists collaborative will continue in November, and again in February. It is open to all media specialists in Georgia and South Carolina.

Workshops will be Nov. 18 and Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon, in University Hall 221 on the GRU Summerville campus. Register at http://goo.gl/duQBXS. For more information, call 706-737-1659 or visit www.gru.edu/colleges/education/irc.

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IRC Tool spotlight: Google Classroom https://coenews.augusta.edu/archives/647 https://coenews.augusta.edu/archives/647#respond Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:01:00 +0000 http://mcgsites.org/coe/?p=647 AUGUSTA, GA – GRU College of Education students taking the Educational Technology class EDTD 3011 are using a new tool this semester. Google Apps for Education released Google Classroom on Aug. 11, and class instructor Jennifer Armstrong has already implemented it into the curriculum.

“Students can keep track of what’s due on the Assignments page and begin working with just a click,” Armstrong said. “Teachers can quickly see who has or hasn’t completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback and grades right in Classroom.”

Google Classroom makes it easier to manage a paperless classroom by providing integration of other google productivity tools, such as Google Drive and Google Docs.

The best part of classroom is it is free to Google Apps for Education users.

For more information about Google Classroom, contact Google Certified Teacher Jennifer Armstrong, Ed.S., at 706-737-1659 or jearmstrong@gru.edu.

Take a look at this tutorial on Google Classroom.

 

 

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