EDvolution® is an initiative of the College of Education to develop graduates – future educators — who are technologically competent and model 21st century teaching techniques. 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. Students use iPad Airs as their technology tool.
The ceremony marks the renaming of the Instructional Resource Technology Center to the EDvolution® Center – a facility that provides a modern, high-tech environment for students to use to develop their skills, incorporating technology into their educational practices. In addition, the Center promotes collaboration between students and faculty.
The dedication will honor the College’s EDvolutionaries, donors who are recognized on a wall in the Center. Speaking at the event will be Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast Missouri State University; Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson, dean of the College of Education; Michelle Aycock, a College of Education alumna and major donor to the Center; and student presenters Madison Mohnsen of Jackson, Missouri, and Kylie Zurek of Manhattan, Illinois, both early childhood education majors.
The ceremony will include light hors d’oeuvres, tours, student demonstrations and interactive stations.
The EDvolution Center includes the Jean Whitaker Demonstration Classroom, where students can videotape lectures, capture lectures and use an Apple TV and SMART Board.
In another room off the Center, education majors can practice teaching lessons while they learn to use classroom technology for their field assignments. The room, called the “collaboratory,” is equipped with an iMAC, AppleTV and SMARTBoard.
The Center also includes a space where students can create green screen videotape lessons to be incorporated into online curricula.
Other tech tools available in the Center are computers, 3D printer, robotics, video editing equipment and rooms for students to make their own videos and “flip” their classrooms. There also are practice model classrooms where students can videotape themselves teaching, watch their mannerisms, practice teaching and assess their performance.
At the center are three Mediascapes, a collaborative space with two side-by-side monitors surrounded by a u-shaped desk around at which students can work. At the Mediascape, students 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. People from off-campus can Skype into discussions and participate from remote locations at the Mediascape.
College of Education alumni and friends are invited to the dedication ceremony. Those planning to attend are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (573) 986-6815.