Valdosta State IT Collaborates with K-12 Technology Leaders

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Dwayne Trouille discusses collaboration between VSU IT and area school systems.

VALDOSTA – Valdosta State University’s Division of Information Technology, in conjunction with Coastal Plans RESA, hosted a Technology Leaders Collaborative Meeting, which brought IT leaders in higher education and K-12 schools together, Wednesday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to noon.

During the meeting, technology directors and coordinators discussed challenges and opportunities surrounding technology and how it is used to enhance classroom instruction – both at institutions of higher education and in grade schools.

The meeting began with a demonstration on the Swivl Robotic Platform from Lauren Fleming, an education consultant with PowerUp EDU and VSU alumna. The demo was followed by a discussion led by Keith Osburn, technology and special programs director of Jeff Davis County Schools, on how the school system has implemented a teacher-managed video instruction initiative through Safari Montage as part of its efforts to establish Future Ready classrooms.

Dr. Don Leech, associate dean of Valdosta State’s College of Education and Human Services provided a brief update on recent updates from the college on how students are being prepared for work in the classrooms. He also welcomed feedback on the perceived preparedness of teachers coming into the school systems after graduating from VSU.

During a roundtable discussion, attendees discussed topics such as synchronization between technologies, site backups and disaster recovery plans, platforms that help students learn how to code. Michael Holt, assistant professor and reference librarian at VSU, also gave tips on 3D printing and programs for 3D design.

Schools represented include Colquitt County Schools, Ben Hill County Schools, Echols County Schools, Lowndes County Schools, Berrien County Schools, Lanier County Schools, Brooks County Schools, Cook County Schools, Jeff Davis County Schools, Valdosta City Schools. Representatives from Coastal Plains RESA and Southwest RESA also attended. Representatives from Valdosta State’s IT include Dwayne Trouille (event coordinator), Sheila Hall, Malynda Dorsey, Adrian Taylor, Isaac Barton, Sterlin Sanders and Brian Haugabrook.