Southeast College of Education Named Apple Distinguished School

Southeast Missouri State University’s College of Education has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2017-2019, positioning it among the most continuously innovative schools in the world for learning, teaching and school environment.

“I am so proud of the work of our faculty and staff for embracing EDvolution® and the infusion of educational technology across the curriculum,” said Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson, dean of the College of Education. “This recognition confirms that the College of Education is a leader in innovation in the teaching and learning environment.”

Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership and educational excellence that use Apple products to inspire creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching and school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishment.

The College of Education was recognized for its vision in leveraging technology to support learning goals. Central to the curriculum is the EDvolution Center, located in Mark F. Scully Building, where a modern, high-tech environment helps Southeast education majors develop their skills, incorporating Apple technology into their educational practices.

Southeast’s College of Education will be featured on the Apple Distinguished Schools’ website as a leader in innovation, and will share their successes with other educators ​by publishing their stories and hosting other schools.

The EDvolution Center’s Makerspace.

Rogers-Adkinson also will become an Apple educator, training other institutions on how to infuse their curriculum with innovative technology, and showcasing the EDvolution Center’s best practices for using Apple ​products and digital content to create powerful teaching ​and learning experiences.

Rogers-Adkinson thanked University Communications and Marketing for their assistance in creating a multimedia application that demonstrates the ways in which Southeast’s College of Education is infusing innovation into its curriculum to prepare 21st century teachers who are technologically competent.

Central to Southeast’s EDvolution initiative is a one-to-one initiative launched in fall 2014 in which all students in the College of Education integrate educational technology to meet the needs of all learners in the classroom, using iPad as their technology tool.

This instructional model was recognized as exemplary as evidenced when College of Education officials were invited to participate in the White House Innovators Summit on Educational Technology in Teacher Education in 2016.

“Southeast aims to prepare teacher candidates to be leaders in the use of current and emergent technology to enhance the learning outcomes for students in P-12 environments,” Rogers-Adkinson said.

The EDvolution Center is the College’s premier learning laboratory where emerging technology can be experienced firsthand.

Southeast students learn how to use the 3D printer in the EDvolution Center.

“Whether it be 3D printing, virtual reality or robotic technology, students are encouraged to explore, learn and mold these tools into a strong foundation of teaching,” she said.

Madison Mohnsen, a 2016 Southeast graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Education, early childhood education option, is among the University’s latest EDvolutionaries.

“Technology has been changing the way students learn and grow, and it is our job as educators to stay up to date with the latest technology to each our students,” she said. “We live in a world today where children know more about technology than their parents or teachers who use it. We believe it is our job as educators to be up-to-date with all the modern technology, not only to improve a student’s education, but also to keep them safe when using online websites and applications. We need to teach our students that technology isn’t just for fun, but for expanding our learning.”

Southeast’s EDvolution Center includes collaborative work spaces, a practice room for students to prepare for teaching and facilities for capturing lessons for flipped classes, including a green screen room. Students in the College of Education use iPad in every class. Using this technology, freshmen learning community students have partnered with Southeast’s St. Louis charter school to make a video promoting an area of student need, such as safe Web surfing or cyber bullying. The college also has a multi-layered approach to professional development, including workshops, a technology conference for the region’s educators, and monthly Appy Wednesdays for faculty and teacher candidates to share apps.

Highlights of the EDvolution Center are the Jean Ann Whitaker Demonstration Classroom, where students can videotape lectures, capture lectures and use an Apple TV and SMART Board®; and the Dr. Shelton and Glenda Smith Family Makerspace. This learning laboratory provides tools emphasizing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), including Google Cardboard™ Virtual Reality goggles, 3D printers, Osmo™ and LEGO® Mindstorms® kits, LEGO WeDo 2.0 kits, Ozobots, a Mobile Padcaster Green Screen capturing kit, and Swivl™ bases for video capturing.

One of three Mediascapes in the EDvolution Center.

The Center also features three Mediascapes, a collaborative space with two side-by-side monitors surrounded by a u-shaped desk around at which students can work and hook up their own device via an HDMI cable and project it to one of the monitors, allowing them to collaborate and share their work with classmates. Those collaborating from off-campus can Skype into discussion and participate from remote locations at the Mediascape.

Other areas and tools include the Collaboratory, where students can practice teaching lessons while they learn to use classroom technology for their field assignments; the One Button Studio, a fully automated, state of the art green screen capturing studio; and video editing rooms.

In addition, the Center promotes collaboration between students and faculty, and members of the community.

For more information about Southeast’s EDvolution Center, visit http://www.semo.edu/tec/.

For more information about Apple Distinguished Schools, visit https://www.apple.com/education/apple-distinguished-schools/.

Top Photo Caption: Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast Missouri State University, and Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson, dean of the College of Education.