Educational Technology Conference Held
Education technology is featured in
Northeast Alabama Community College’s new Mathematics, Science,
and Engineering Technology Center, which opens for student use
at the college on May 27, 2014, with the beginning of the Summer
Semester. Northeast faculty and staff were getting the latest
information on that technology this week with a workshop held on
campus as a part of the college’s In-service professional
The workshop, organized by NACC Educational Technology Director
Patricia Combs, brought in experts from Apple, Blackboard,
Howard Pearson, and NBC Learn as well as eBook publishers
Cengage Learning, McGraw Hill, and Wolters Kluwer to conduct
sessions for NACC faculty and staff. NACC personnel also gave
demonstrations on how they use the new technology. Sessions
included iPad Productivity, Web 2.0 Tools, Blackboard
Collaborate, Flipping the Classroom, Using Elmo and Starboard,
and applications of the AS400/Green Screen.
NACC President Dr. David Campbell stated: “The basics of
education is like it has always been. Teachers provide learning
opportunities to their students, and the support staff provides
assistance to students to help them complete their program of
study. However, now there are so many new delivery modes that
can be used in education, and most of these are in educational
technology. While the goals of education are still the same, the
methods of providing that education have expanded tremendously.
Our workshop today is focused on helping inform our faculty and
staff of the delivery modes that are out there and to build on
what they already know. Ms. Combs and our staff have worked hard
and done a great job in putting this workshop together.”
The college’s new Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Center
is a state-of-the art facility complete with the latest
educational technology. The Center is served by both Wi-fi and
ground line Internet services, which can be accessed by
instructors through computers and projectors for classroom
presentations. All classrooms and labs are equipped with Smart
boards, Wimba, and Blackboard services. Officials at Northeast
selected science, mathematics, and engineering fields for
building expansion because of the great job growth that is
anticipated in these STEM fields in the future.
The Center, Campbell noted, was designed to be very student and
instructor friendly. “The Center is a teaching/learning
facility, and that was our focus in designing it,” Campbell
said. “Our faculty and educational administrative staff were
involved in determining what designs and features would work
best for student learning, and I think that is reflected in the
final product.” The company of Seay, Seay, and Litchfield were
the architects for the project, and First Team Construction was
the General Contractor.
A formal dedication for the building is set for June 19, 2014,
at 10:00 a.m., and the public is invited. Tours of the facility
will be available.
For additional information about Northeast, contact the
college’s web page at www.nacc.edu or download the NACC free App
at the Apple Store or www.naccmobile.com. Registration for the
Summer term continues through Wednesday, May 28, 2014. For information
about enrolling at Northeast for the Fall Semester 2014 call the
Admissions Office at ext. 2222.
Left, Matt Dyson, Audio-Visual Instructional Sales Engineer with
Howard Computers; center, Patricia Combs, NACC Educational
Technology Director; and right, Rusty Thoms, Sales
Representative with Howard Computers.
At left, top, Brad Beecher, Director of Solutions Engineering,
and seated, Jesse Girardi, Senior Enterprise Account Manager, of
BlackBoard give a presentation to faculty and staff.