CAPE GIRARDEAU, Missouri, April 29, 2015 – As the spring semester winds to a close, Southeast Missouri State University’s College of Education is concluding the first year of an innovative program entitled “Appy Wednesday,” where students and faculty share new apps that can be applied in the classroom and beyond.
Appy Wednesday is a once-a-month meeting during the Common Hour for students aspiring to become teachers. The last Appy Wednesday event of the spring semester was held today. Participants meet in the Whitaker Room located in the newly renovated Instructional Resource Technology Center (IRTC). Apps that have been featured include Chemist, Things to Think About and Fluid Monkey.
“A typical Appy Wednesday consists of a few of us pre-service teachers using our iPads and the Apple TV in the IRTC to show off and share the new applications that we’ve found in the search for educational classroom resources,” said Junior Helen Maschmeyer of Festus, Missouri.
The apps introduced in Appy Wednesday meetings focus on the complete educational experience for students in the College of Education. Each app introduced during Appy Wednesday varies in use. Chemist is designed to teach the user the effects of chemical reactions, while the app Things to Think About issues prompts for elementary and middle school students to write about in order to develop their critical thinking skills and writing abilities. In addition to apps designed for students, there are apps reviewed such as “Fluid Monkey,” which is intended to be a stress relieving tool for instructors.
Chemist is a great app because it portrays both authentic and accurate chemical reactions all while being very interactive and user-friendly,” said Maschmeyer. “It is excellent for a future science educator, like myself, because it provides a fun and interesting way to look at chemical reactions. If I have my students perform the chemical reactions on the Chemist app before they go into the lab, they’ll better understand why chemicals react like they do once the experiment is performed in person. Students will also have the benefit of seeing the same chemical reaction in two different mediums.”
Appy Wednesday is part of the EDvolution effort the College of Education has rolled out this year. The EDvolution is an initiative Southeast has spearheaded to become a leader in producing graduates who are technologically ready and “who model 21st century teaching techniques,” according to Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson, dean of the College of Education.
“We want to create a community of learners around integrating technology with faculty and students. This event has students and faculty as equal partners in learning and teaching,” said Rogers-Adkinson.
“Appy Wednesday is a great professional development opportunity that helps teacher candidates deepen their knowledge about technology they can use in their classrooms,” said Junior Megan Ford of Memphis, Tennessee.
Apps are available for download on the iPads all College of Education students have as part of the EDvolution.