The ECU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society has named Glenesha D. Berryman as the Outstanding First-Year student at ECU for the 2015-2016 year. Berryman is studying English education in the College of Education and is also completing an English major in the Harriot College Department of English. She is an EC Scholar and member of the Honors College.
The Irene Howell Assistive Technology [IHAT] Center was invited to do a virtual presentation at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
The presentation was facilitated by IHAT Center Co-Manager, Taylor Carangi and IHAT staff member, Paige Anderson, both ECU Special Education majors, via Skype on April 26, 2016. It offered a virtual tour of the IHAT Center and an introduction to assistive technology and universal design for learning.
The presentation was given to general education and special education pre-service teachers who are in an early field experience course taught by Dr. Vicki Graf at Loyola Marymount University.
The IHAT crew members did a phenomenal job sharing information and fielding questions about our special education program here at ECU, assistive technology, universal design for learning, and processes for determining AT selection for individuals with disabilities.
Professor Abbie Brown was one of four panelists invited to discuss recent trends and issues affecting the field of Instructional Technology at the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) annual meeting in Washington, DC. The three other panelists were Susan Grajak, Vice President of EDUCAUSE; Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Office of the New Media Consortium, and Robert Reiser, Associate Dean at Florida State University – each of whom regularly collects data about and reports upon innovations in Instructional Technology. Professor Brown’s podcast series (see http://trendsandissues.com ) was cited as a respected resource for information on current trends in the field.
East Carolina University’s faculty and staff were presented with awards recognizing their service, leadership, ambition and spirit during the seventh annual Founders Day and University Awards Celebration on April 27 in Hendrix Theatre.
Provost Ron Mitchelson welcomed the audience to the event and commended the award nominees and recipients for their service to the university.
“We offer promises of student success, public service and regional transformation,” Mitchelson said. “The recipients of awards today are helping to ensure that we are making very good on those promises.” FULL ECU STORY: Founders Day Awards
Congratulations are in order for the following College of Education award recipients and nominees for the University Awards.
Max Ray Joyner Award for Outstanding Teaching in DE – Steve W. Schmidt (IDP)
Diversity and Inclusion Award – Dr. Lori Flint ( SEFR)
Scholar-Teacher Award – Guili Zhang (SEFR)
Servire Society Members
Dan Dickerson (MSITE)
Al Jones (IDP)
Rhea Miles (MSITE)
Lou Anna Hardee (Dean’s Office)
Vivian W. Mott (Dean’s Office)
Five-Year Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity
Nominee – Katie Schwartz (MSITE)
UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching
Nominees – Patricia Slagter Van Tryon (MSITE) and Christina Tschida (ELMID)
UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching
Nominees – Lori Flint (SEFR) and Katie Schwartz (MSITE)
ECU Alumni Assc Award for Outstanding Teaching Award
Nominees – Steve W. Schmidt (IDP), Katie Schwartz (MSITE), and Christina Tschida (ELMID)
Scholarship of Engagement Award
Nominee – Christina Tschida (ELMID)
Max Ray Joyner Award for Outstanding Teaching in DE
Nominee – Lori Flint (SEFR)
The James R. Talton Jr. Leadership Award
Nominee – Abbie Brown (MSITE)
Centennial Award for Excellence – Ambition Category
Nominee – Matt Militello (LEED)
The ECU College of Education successfully hosted its first EdcampECU on Saturday, April 23 at Speight and Rivers Buildings. The event drew over sixty participants including teachers, media coordinators, instructional technology specialists, and school district personnel from across the region and several ECU Faculty members. EdcampECU followed the unique “unconference” format with sessions being suggested by participants during the conference. Sessions did not have presenters, instead they were organized as discussion groups where educators shared and learned from each other. EdcampECU focused on the integration of technology in the classroom and included topics such as formative assessment tools, Google Apps, project based learning, flipped classrooms, gamification, technology to improve literacy and much more. In addition to the regular EdcampECU sessions, participants joined a lunchtime webinar from teacher and author, Heather Wolpert-Gawron of www.tweenteacher.com who discussed “writing as creating” in her experience teaching ELL students writing with the integration of 3-D printing projects.
Participants brought their own devices to the conference where they followed the live agenda and session notes on Google Docs while highlighting the events of the day via the #edcampecu live twitter feed. In the high energy closing session, referred to as the “Smackdown” in Edcamp tradition, participants drew and a representation of their EdcampECU experience and shared with the group in 30 seconds or less in order to have a chance to win one of several document cameras or devices donated by IPEVO.
EdcampECU participants had rave reviews of the event. When asked about their favorite part of the day, participants shared that they enjoyed “The freedom and flexibility to engage in meaningful conversation” and “Getting to collaborate with fellow educators…and a relaxed atmosphere in which we could learn something new.”
Teachers were awarded .6 CEU’s for attendance and the conference was offered free to participants due to the generous sponsorships of the ECU College of Education, Taskstream, and the Edcamp Foundation. Doorprizes were offered by Nearpod, Classcraft, Chromville and IPEVO. The conference was organized by the Office of Assessment, Accreditation and Data Management led by Instructional Technology Consultants, Holly Fales and Jason Whited. In addition, Lauren Boucher and Melissa Tedder of Pitt County Schools and Dr. Todd Finley, Associate Professor of English Education assisted with the event.
At the 2016 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference held in Washington D. C, April 8-12, Dr. Guili Zhang presented as an expert panelist at the invited speaker session on teacher evaluation. The session was co-sponsored by Division D – Measurement and Research Methodology and Division K – Teaching and Teacher Education.
Pictured above, Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, Past President of AERA, and Professor of Education at Stanford University; Dr. Guili Zhang
An ECU Honors College student and triple major Daniel Franch has been named a recipient of an English teaching assistant award from the highly-competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
Franch, who is graduating in May with a degree in history, history education and German, is one of 140 students in the United States to receive a $30,000 grant that will support his international experience in East Germany teaching English for a year.
Dr. Daniel Dickerson, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education and ECU STEM CoRE (Collaborative for Research in Education) Co-Director, is among a small group of scholars from across the United States selected to sit on a Fulbright Commission sponsored STEM Expert Panel to address university faculty from across the Czech Republic regarding STEM study abroad possibilities. He will join faculty from MIT, Purdue, Michigan, Georgia Tech, and other STEM intensive institutions.
The STEM Expert Panel is part of a capacity building workshop, “Bringing More U.S. Students in STEM to Czech Universities,” sponsored by the Department of State, Office of Global Educational Program, the Fulbright Commission in the Czech Republic in cooperation with Czech universities that offer education in STEM. The workshop will take place in Prague, Czech Republic on April 19-20, 2016 and will be followed by campus visits on April 21-22.
While there, Dickerson will speak to participants during meeting sessions regarding STEM education program development and explore ways to build collaborative efforts with the Czech Republic. Additionally, the US delegation will tour eight Czech universities, attend a reception at the residence of the US Ambassador, and explore innovative ways to enhance global partnerships.
Dr. Dickerson has more than 70 publications, 130 conference presentations, and has been involved in grants as PI, Co-PI, Senior Personnel, or Evaluator totaling over $10 million.
ECU’s bachelor of science in information technologies is ranked #2 by College Values Online’s top-10 online technical degree programs for its focus on multiple forms of technology and affordability.
Online Information Technologies, BSBE
What’s different about the Information Technologies degree at East Carolina University? In short, there’s a reason that ECU uses the plural form – “technologies.” Unlike some IT programs, which focus exclusively on computer science and networking, this degree covers an incredibly wide array of technical topics. Electronic Information Processing, Financial Information Systems, Introduction to Virtual Environments, Website Design, and Microcomputer Business Graphics Applications are just a few of the diverse classes you’ll have access to at East Carolina. Along with an affordable net price and course credit for your relevant work experience, the BSBE from ECU is one of the best on this online technical degree ranking.
Net Price: $12,908/yr
The Irene Howell Assistive Technology [IHAT] Center (College of Education, Rivers 128) is excited and grateful for a corporate donation to the IHAT Center by VARIDESK. The VARIDESK company makes height-adjustable standing desks. Standing desks are universally designed to allow for all individuals, with or without disabilities, to benefit from them. They allow for people to sit and stand as needed in their work and/or recreation space in both home and office environments. These desks also qualify as assistive technology, whose federal definition is “any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. “ (Technology Related Assistance to Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 (Tech Act).
Standing desks can be used to “increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities” for individuals with physical disabilities which may require them to weight bear for strength for certain periods of time, for individuals with attention or behavioral concerns by allowing them to have more flexibility of movement, and even for ease of computer and technology use for individuals who may need to be in a prone stander during various times of the day, either at home or school. VARIDESK donated two standing desks for the IHAT Center to include in our professional development sessions we offer to students and faculty on assistive technology, specifically in the sessions on Introduction to AT and UDL, AT for Behavior, and Alternate Access. Please feel free to stop by the IHAT Center located in Rivers 128 to see and try this wonderful addition to our lab.
Pictured above: Alecia Castellano, a junior Special Education Major, works on the new Varisdesk in the IHAT Center.