Media Specialists Collaborative kicks off

AUGUSTA, GA – Dozens of media specialists around the CSRA joined the Media Specialists Collaborative, sponsored by the GRU College of Education and the GRU Instructional Resource Center.

“The collaborative is a great opportunity for these professionals to share the new ways they’ve engaged area P-12 students and implemented technology in the schools,” said Jennifer Armstrong, manager of the Instructional Resource Center. Click here to view photos of the opening session.

Kim Isiminger, media specialist at Lakeside Middle School, shared the way the school is planning using “maker spaces” in the Media Center. Maker spaces are creative spaces where students can gather to invent, create and learn. In school media centers, the space may include special software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies, tools or even a 3D printer.

Attendees also participated in a two-session “un-conference.” Sessions in the un-conference included time to learn about 3D printing and CyberScience software; time to explore the Sphero, a waterproof, pet-proof app-controlled robot ball with endless possibilities, in the Sphero playground; literacy design collaborative core tools; and digital tools for the media center. A group discussion covered making the media center more collaborative for teachers.

The GRU Instructional Resource Center is committed to supporting P-12 education by exposing student and educators to the latest technology tools and strategies. The media specialists collaborative will continue in November, and again in February. It is open to all media specialists in Georgia and South Carolina.

Workshops will be Nov. 18 and Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon, in University Hall 221 on the GRU Summerville campus. Register at http://goo.gl/duQBXS. For more information, call 706-737-1659 or visit www.gru.edu/colleges/education/irc.

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