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One in a million: COE alum has rare identical triplets

Congratulations to ECU College of Education alum Gavin Fradel and his family on their kim and gavin-Speightnewest addition–a rare identical set of triplet girls. The May 2016 graduate earned a master of arts in teaching in science education online and lives in Wake Forest, NC. In 2004, he graduated with a bachelor of science in middle grades education. Fradel is currently a teacher at Franklin Academy Middle School in Wake Forest.

 

By WSOC-TV/WFTV-9-ABC

WAKE FOREST, N.C. — A Wake Forest family recently welcomed natural identical triplet girls, a 1-in-a-million phenomenon.

Grace, Stella, and Emily were born to Kimberly and Gavin Fradel about a month ago, Channel 9’s partners WTVD reported.

The parents said they wanted to give their 2-year-old son, Gavin Jr, a sibling and were initially overwhelmed when they found out he would gain three.

“[The doctor] had a look on her face and I said ‘Well, what’s wrong?’ I could tell something was wrong, and she said, ‘I think you’re having multiples. I think you’re having triplets,’ and my first response was ‘Oh God no, please God no,’ and then she said ‘And I think they’re identical,’” Kimberly told WTVD.

The couple realized they could handle the extra blessings when their friends and family reassured them that they’d be there to help. They also said having understanding employers made a difference.

Gavin Sr. was taking online classes at East Carolina University when Kimberly found out she was pregnant.fradels2

His graduation was set for the day after the triplets were born, and Kimberly encouraged him to walk across the stage.

Gavin Sr. said that life with triplets can sometimes be like an “assembly line,” but it’s rewarding to see how the babies have already bonded with each other.

To tell each one apart, the couple paint the girls’ toenails a different color. Each also has a birthmark, but in a different place.

Gavin Jr. was a little taken aback by three girls entering his home.

“When we got home from the hospital … as soon as he saw them he said ‘Daddy, take them back,’ and he said it twice,” Gavin Sr. said. “I have no idea where he even got those words from or where he started saying that, but that was his first reaction, and it was hilarious. It was funny.”

The couple said Gavin Jr. quickly changed his attitude toward his sisters.

“He always kisses his sisters. He helps with bottles. He’s very patient. He’s just a really good, protective big brother and I believe all four of them are going to have unique gifts and a love for each other that will take care for each other for the rest of their lives,” Kimberly said.

Original story: Rare identical triplets born to North Carolina family

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Abbie Brown Serves as Panelist at the 2016 AERA Conference in Washington, DC

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.

2016 COE Awards

DAY OF DISTINCTION: COE Awards Day recipients

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.

Award Recipients
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)

Nominees
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)

Winners with Dr. Hayes

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)

2016 Spring EdCamp

ECU College of Education Hosts First EdcampECU

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.

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Dr. Daniel Dickerson Represents ECU on Fulbright Commission Panel Addressing STEM Study Abroad Partnerships with the Czech Republic

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.

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Information technologies program ranks #2 as best value

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
Score: 78.80

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Professors Abbie Brown and Steven Schmidt present at SITE Conference

Professors Abbie Brown and Steven Schmidt in ECU’s College of Education each presented research papers at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) Conference in Savannah, Georgia in March. Dr. Schmidt presented, The Development of a Distance Education Faculty Learning Community: Best Practices and Lessons Learned. Dr. Brown presented, Faculty Productivity in the 21st Century: Using Social Media and Network Analysis to Generate and Illustrate Impact. Dr. Brown also presented a poster session, High School Graduates Describe Four Types of Online Identities, which received an award for Outstanding Poster.

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Gamma Chapter Celebrates PI DAY!

On March 14, 2016, Dr. Ron Preston met with the Gamma Student Chapter, Mathematics Education Club to celebrate Pi Day.

Dr. Ron Preston speaking to the Gamma Student Chapter of the Mathematics Education Club.

He shared history and humor related to pi. Attendees also participated in several pi related mathematical tasks appropriate for middle and high school mathematics. Everyone left for the evening with expanded knowledge of pi, as well as resources for their future classrooms. Next year Pi day falls on a Saturday, so be sure to celebrate on 3-14-15 at precisely 9:26 am and 53 seconds (pi = 3.141592653….)!!

The next Gamma Chapter meeting will be Wednesday, April 20, 2016, for the “Through the eyes of Autism” meeting. Please join us and bring a friend!

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Using Critical Incidents of Instructional Design and Multimedia Production Activities to Investigate Instructional Designers’ Current Practices and Roles

Drs. William Sugar and Ken Luterbach recently published the following article, Using critical incidents of instructional design and multimedia production activities to investigate instructional designers’ current practices and roles, in Educational Technology Research and Development. The full citation is below.

Using Flanagan’s (1954) Critical Incident Technique, this study analyzed 106 effective, ineffective and extraordinary instructional design and multimedia production activities discussed by 36 instructional design professionals. This evaluation provided insights into these professionals’ best and not so best practices during the past six months. Prevalent themes emerged from the data analysis with regards to these activities. Six themes emerged from the effective incidents, namely: (a) creating instructional products, (b) providing examples, (c) differentiating instruction, (d) establishing social presence, (e) providing resources, and (f) collaborating with stakeholders. Four themes emerged from the extraordinary incidents, namely: (a) matching methods and media to content and learners, (b) providing organized content, (c) managing a complex ID project, and (d) using theory to inform practice. Six themes emerged from the ineffective incidents, namely: (a) not matching methods and media to content and learners, (b) not supporting student interaction (c) selecting inadequate instructional strategies, (d) not using ID processes, (e) not collaborating with stakeholders, and (f) coping with inadequate technical infrastructure. Results from this study offer an understanding on the interrelationship between instructional design and multimedia production activities and positive (both effective and extraordinary) outcomes in instructional design activities. A comparison of existing instructional design success factors and best practices studies and this study’s results also takes place. Future research directions espouse the value of analyzing little known phenomena in instructional design-related activities and further explore negative or ineffective instructional design practices.

Sugar, W. & Luterbach, K. J. (2016). Using critical incidents of instructional design and multimedia production activities to investigate instructional designers’ current practices and roles. Educational Technology Research and Development, 64(2), 285-312.

BS Mathematics Education students (clockwise from far left) Megan Taylor, Carson Gombatz, Sarah Marsh, and Kaylin Carlton look for an assessment app on their phone during one conference breakout session.

ECU Hosts North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics Eastern Region Conference

Mathematics teachers from K-12 and university settings gathered Saturday, 19 March 2016, on the campus of East Carolina University for the Eastern Region Conference of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM). As the host institution, ECU was very well represented by university faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and alumni.

The conference keynote address was delivered by Fran Arbaugh of Penn State University. The concluding keynote, given by Kitty Rutherford, was an update from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. In between, there were 34 breakout sessions, given over breakout periods. Program chair for the conference was Katie Schwartz. Other ECU mathematics education faculty presided, presented, provided breakfast or lunch, or supervised Gamma Chapter members (mathematics education student organization).

ECU student involvement included undergraduates who co-presented and 19 presentations by graduate students from the leadership classes – these sessions involved 35 presenters, most of whom are in the graduate HS Cohort. Two more sessions were done by graduate students who are part of the Lenoir Mathematics-Science Partnership (MSP) grant.

The conference, which included breakfast, lunch, and some very nice give-aways (particularly mathematics education books), was provided to the 135 participants at no charge by NCCTM, the Lenoir MSP, and faculty donations. Each participant received 0.5 continuing education unit.

Pictured above: BS Mathematics Education students (clockwise from far left) Megan Taylor, Carson Gombatz, Sarah Marsh, and Kaylin Carlton look for an assessment app on their phone during one conference breakout session.