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Free instructional technology development offered to area educators


On Saturday, September 9 from 9 a.m. to noon, Georgia Southern University’s College of Education will host its first EduMakers Unconference for area teachers, media specialists and other educational professionals to share expertise in creating and teaching in makerspaces and STEM/STEAM labs.

In today’s schools, there is a growing push for STEM and computing skills alongside creative spaces (often referred to as makerspaces) that allow students to learn by hands-on activities.

“As educational researchers of instructional technology, we are excited to see teachers incorporating such learning activities in their classrooms and schools,” said Assistant Professor Mete Akcaoglu, Ph.D. “This type of engagement and learning is long lasting and possibly life changing.”

The event, hosted by instructional technology faculty members Akcaoglu and Charles Hodges, Ph.D., will be organized in an ‘unconference’ structure allowing participants to determine, drive and even lead the learning sessions of the day. Possible topics include: coding/programming, game design, 3D printing and laser cutters, robotics and makerspace design and organization.

“This free event will bring together teachers from our region to share their experiences and resources in helping each other to create and maintain makerspaces in their schools and form a professional learning network to support each other’s ongoing learning needs,” said Hodges, associate professor.

Reserve your free ticket for the EduMakers Unconference by visiting For more information about EduMakers Unconference, visit or email

A continental breakfast and lunch (for the first 100 participants to RSVP) will be provided. Door prizes will also be awarded throughout the day’s events.


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