From June 22nd through July 19th, the Center for STEM Education hosted the 2014 class of Summer Ventures in Science & Mathematics. This year was the 30th year the program has been held. Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics is a cost-free, state-funded program for academically talented North Carolina residents who have demonstrated interest in science and mathematics and aspire to a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). We housed fifty-five of the top rising high school juniors and seniors from across North Carolina. The students were housed in Jones Hall, where they participated in various student-life activities, such as attending the Student Recreation Center, games, arts & crafts, water sports at the North Rec Complex and a talent show, just to name a few. Academically, the students participated in courses and conducted research in STEM fields, facilitated by our ECU faculty in the areas of DNA Fingerprinting, Engineering, Data Driven Decision Making, Physics, and Archeology. One cohort of students attended courses and conducted their research at the Brody School of Medicine for the duration of the program. The research component of Summer Ventures is critical to the success of the program, as well as to the success of the students upon returning to their high school. Working alone or with a partner, they carried out hands-on research on their topic for approximately two weeks. The students prepared a paper that was the culminating product of the research. They then gave an oral presentation of their research paper on the final day of Summer Ventures to their fellow students, staff and parents and friends. Presentations were judged by an outside panel of experts and the top presentations were the Catalyst Award winners. For more information on this exceptional program please visit the following web site: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/smventures/Index.cfm
MSITE is indebted to Onslow County Director of Digital Learning & Technology Services, Ross Friebel. Ross, along with 10 to 12 of the county’s Digital Learning specialists attended an EDTC 6992 seminar for MAEd Instructional Technology interns. In addition to Onslow County, the fall 2014 cohort includes teachers from Duplin and Craven Counties. The interns were provided guidance in development of their internship proposal as well as mentoring in the design of staff development for their individual schools. Following the presentation by ECU Associate Professor Carol A Brown, interns formed cluster groups with a mentor (with 077 licensure) already working as a Digital Learning Specialist for the county. Earlier in the summer, the interns had an opportunity to talk with the cohort coordinator, Dr. Patricia Slagter van Tryon in the design and development of the digital portfolio required for the Master of Education in Instructional Technology. Feedback at the conclusion of the seminar was very positive as teachers from a variety of content areas and grade levels are represented in the cohort. As you can see, interns were highly engaged during the cluster group discussions.
Onslow Cohort Video
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At a recent faculty meeting MSITE faculty gave an enthusiastic round of applause to its staff: Joy Carraway, Amy Durrance and Cheryl Miller. “We just couldn’t do it without them,” explains Dr. Rose Sincrope. From scheduling, to planning MSITE events, to organizing, to making the workspaces functional and friendly, these three are always there at the ready. We are so grateful for the hard work and dedication that you display. Thank you so much!
Congratulations Dr. Catherine Schwartz and Dr. Patricia J. Slagter van Tryon. The pictures say it all!
Katherine Collins, a student in our MAEd Instructional Technology program, receives the Diane Kester Innovator Award. She was nominated for this award through one of her instructors since her work demonstrated innovation and creativity with the use of technology in the classroom. Other IT faculty who have taught Katherine (Kat) agree, “She is constantly present in her online work, a dedicated student who is not only engaged in her classwork but energizes her classmates as well.”
Katherine is currently a Digital Learning and Teaching Coach in Onslow County working at Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School and Bell Fork Elementary.
Congratulations to Patricia J. Slagter van Tryon who has earned a promotion from an Assistant Professor to an Associate Professor at East Carolina University in the Department of Math, Science, & Instructional Technology Education. Patricia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Science Education from Temple University, her Master of Arts degree in Environmental Science Education from Arcadia University, and her Doctorate of Education in Educational Technology (concentration in instructional design and development) from Lehigh University. Patricia holds three Pennsylvania Instructional II Teaching Certificates, K-12 Environmental Science, Earth and Space Science and General (Life) Science and has 12 years of successful teaching experience as a public school middle grades teacher of science for the North Penn School District, Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Patricia completed both the Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy program and the Faculty Language Development Program here at East Carolin to support her research and teaching for the university. Her research interests include social cognition in online and blended learning environments, schema revision in mediated communication, and the design and development of university/community partnerships in education to promote economic prosperity in rural communities. Patricia’s research examines ways to enhance social connectedness in learning environments from the perspective of social cognition theory. Patricia’s research is published in such refereed journals as the Quarterly Review of Distance Education, Distance Education, and TechTrends. In addition Patricia has made many national presentations of her work.
Dr. Ron Preston was elected as president of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics. He assumed his position as president-elect on 1 May and will serve in that position for a year, becoming president for a two-year term on 1 May 2015. Then he will serve as past president for a year after that.
The president oversees the operations of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics, which includes an annual state conference, two leadership seminars, a journal, and activities like a math fair, math contest, mini-grants, graduate scholarships, etc. Congratulations to Dr. Preston and to the hundreds of members of NCCTM for choosing such a well-deserving president, he will serve you well!
This book provides a comprehensive analysis of cutting edge research studies on contemporary instructional design practices. Written for instructional designers, instructional technologists and researchers in the field, it provides state of the art, practically focused information and guidelines for designing curriculum and professional ID practice. The overall purpose of this book is to provide a comprehensive review of 102 studies of instructional design (ID) practices. Studies of ID practices are research on instructional designers’ current practices and activities. For over thirty years, individual researchers have evaluated the practices of ID professionals and instructional designers and ID students (e.g., Kerr, 1983; Zemke, 1985). This summary and analysis of existing research in these studies of ID practices directly impact the Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) discipline. Congratulations, Dr. Sugar!
Dr. William Sugar has published an article in the current issue of Tech Trends. The article, Development and formative evaluation of multi-media case studies for Instructional Design and Technology students describes the development of three case studies that included a combination of mulit-media production and instructional design skills within a particular setting. These case studies incorporated real-life incidents from 47 professional instructional designers.
Congratulations to Brooke Kott, an ECU Math Education student who has been awarded with the prestigious USA Scholar Athelete-of-the-Year distinction. This award is given based on academic achievement (GPA), athletic achievement and service. Read more in the article dated June 10th in the Daily Reflector. Way to go, Brooke!