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COE professor and students travel to state conference

Undergraduate special education students attended Georgia Association for Positive Behavior Support Conference in 2018.

In December, College of Education faculty member Kymberly Harris, Ph.D., took seven special education undergraduate students to the 2018 Georgia Association for Positive Behavior Support (GAPBS) Conference in Atlanta.

The students, including Amanda Floyd, Amber Leggett, Zach Ledbetter, Casey Carroll, Kenneth Cole and Gabby Brueck, served as volunteers for the conference, completing registration for the over 1,700 registrants.

Carroll and Leggett also participated in poster presentations. Leggett presented “Critical Review of School Policy,” an analysis of the implementation of positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS) in a rural southeast Georgia classroom. Leggett observed the student response and results of PBIS to develop a rationale for the use of these methods in the classroom.

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Pre-service teachers create freshwater devices

Pre-service teachers create freshwater devices


In becoming effective educators of science, Georgia Southern University College of Education pre-service teachers often complete science projects that they can use to engage their future students in their own classrooms.

In fall 2018, David Owens, Ph.D., assistant professor of STEM education on the Armstrong Campus, challenged his students in ISCI 2002: Teaching and Learning Physical Science course for elementary pre-service teachers to design and construct a desalination unit–a device that transforms salt water into drinking water, for residents of a third world, coastal community who lack resources to freshwater or electricity.

Designs were judged based on the following criteria: cost efficiency, performance, effectiveness and availability of construction materials to residents of the third world.

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Georgia Southern EAGLE Academy to host open house on Jan. 22

Georgia Southern University College of Education will host an open house for the EAGLE Academy Inclusive Post-Secondary Education program on Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 4 to 7 p.m., room 3156 of the College of Education classroom building on the Statesboro Campus.

EAGLE Academy, named for its commitment to Equal Access to Gainful Learning and Employment, is a comprehensive transitional program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The non-degree program offers courses and internships that enhance students with life skills and assist with career aspirations. Upon completion, students earn a certificate.

The open house will be a drop-in event with presentations to be made at both 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to provide a general overview of the program as well as details on the admissions and application processes. Information on how to schedule a campus tour will also be provided.

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Georgia Southern to host free film screening on Armstrong Campus: Award-winning film addresses the impact of the digital age on children

On Thursday, Jan. 17, Georgia Southern University College of Education (COE) will host a screening of “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age,” an award-winning film about the impact of technology on children’s development. The screening, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. in the Ogeechee Theatre, located in the Student Union on the Armstrong Campus.

The documentary, featured in The New York Times, “Today,” “The Dr. Oz Show,” “Good Morning America,” “PBS NewsHour,” and CNN attempts to address how families can minimize the harmful effects of digital devices. Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston decided to make “Screenagers” when she found herself constantly struggling with her two kids about “screen time,” or the time spent looking at digital devices including but not limited to cell phones, tablets, computers and television.

According to Ruston, children spend an average of 6.5 hours a day on screens, not including classroom or homework screen time. She also notes that some recent studies show that screen time increases dopamine production and causes behavior that mimics addiction.

COE professor Regina Rahimi, Ed.D., explained that the film highlights topics that are relevant for teachers, principals, parents and others working with today’s youth.

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COE alumnus helps land major grant, puts Apple technology in hands of Brock Elementary 2nd, 3rd graders

Joseph Johnson

Joseph Johnson (’08,’16) started his career at an internet company in Atlanta where he worked his way up to management over five years. His work sparked a passion but not to continue working in the private sector. Instead, Johnson wanted to take his experience and skills in technology and apply it in public schools.

After moving to Savannah, Johnson completed a bachelor’s in elementary education from Armstrong State University and taught for seven years at Robert W. Gadsden Elementary School in Savannah.

“My hopes were to become a teacher-librarian,” Johnson said. “The librarian at my childhood elementary and middle school really shaped my love for reading and learning.”

While teaching, Johnson pursued his master’s degree in instructional technology from Georgia Southern University. Completing his library media certification and master’s degree in 2016, Johnson says he was finally able to achieve his dream. Receiving the position of librarian and instructional technology specialist at Otis J. Brock, III Elementary School, Johnson says he now gets to educate students and teachers on technology and the love of reading.

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