Southeast’s College of Education to Participate in White House December Innovators’ Summit

ED-IRTCSoutheast Missouri State University’s College of Education will participate in The White House and the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) December Innovators’ Summit Dec. 14 in Washington, D.C.

According to Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast, “The University’s College of Education is at the forefront in curriculum technology.  This invitation to participate in such a prestigious summit provides evidence that our technology teaching initiatives make us a leader, both statewide and nationally, in education innovation.  We commend the dean and the faculty in the College of Education for their progressive curriculum and teaching practices.  Receiving an invitation to the Innovators’ Summit is a great honor for our institution.”

“It’s exciting to be recognized as a national leader,” said Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson, dean of Southeast’s College of Education. “This recognition reinforces that we’ve been on the right track in effective curriculum integration of technology at Southeast and our EDvolution® initiative.”

Next week’s event will highlight the forward-thinking work of innovators advancing these principles of educational technology in teacher preparation and provide an opportunity to share ideas, progress and stories of success.

“This allows us to share what we’re doing and then build on each other’s ideas,” said Rogers-Adkinson. “Southeast can bring back new ideas and concepts to the state and local level.”

Southeast’s EDvolution® initiative to develop graduates who are technologically competent and model 21st century teaching techniques, is aligned with the U.S DOE’s 2016 National Education Technology Plan and challenge, making the University eligible to participate in the summit, Rogers-Adkinson said.

The plan outlines four guiding principles for reflection and action on how educators prepare the nation’s pre-service educators with the goal of ensuring every new teacher is prepared to meaningfully use technology to support student learning.

“Our big focus is technology as a tool not a replacement of the teacher,” she said. “Students learn how to use technology as a tool to produce their own learning productivity, collaborate and integrate with faculty and other students, and become problem solvers in the classroom.”

Central to the initiative is a one-to-one initiative launched at Southeast 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.

Southeast students learn about the EDvolution Center's 3D printer.

Southeast students learn about the EDvolution Center’s 3D printer.

Southeast’s EDvolution® Center provides a modern, high-tech environment for students to use to develop their skills, incorporating technology into their educational practices.

Knowing how to use modern, high-tech programs and tools such as 3D printers to create hands-on models or Google glasses to take virtual fieldtrips allows Southeast graduates to provide a positive and innovative classroom, Rogers-Adkinson said.

“It makes it better illustrated for the students at all levels,” she said. “There are creative ways to make the curriculum more real for the students and facilitate a mastery of the curriculum.”

In addition, the center promotes collaboration between students and faculty.

“Southeast has a very infused model of faculty and students learning and working together which makes it very unique,” she said.

Participating in next week’s event is also a recognition of the dedication of Southeast’s faculty to the program and its students.

“It reinforces all the hard work the faculty have done to learn new ways of teaching and to try new things, think differently about designing curriculum, and think differently about teaching,” she said.

For more information about Southeast’s EDvolution®, visit http://www.semo.edu/education/edvolution.html.

For more information about the U.S. Department of Education’s National Education Technology Plan, visit http://tech.ed.gov/netp/.