Full Sail’s Education Media Design & Technology faculty recently hosted a professional development day on campus for teachers from Midway Elementary, a local school in Seminole County that is part of an educational partnership with the university. The all-day event – held in the Entertainment Business Auditorium – gave EMDT instructors the opportunity to talk to Midway’s staff about the different ways that technology can be used to enhance the classroom learning environment.
Drawing upon many of the main principles that are taught throughout the EMDT Master’s of Science online degree program, the event’s lecturers provided different approaches that Midway’s teachers can utilize to better reach their students, including implementing Web 2.0 technologies like blogs, podcasts, and wikis, presenting lessons under a challenge-based learning model, and taking advantage of teaching tools like Schoolology and Dipity.
Game Studies Program Director Rob Catto also made an appearance at the end of the event to announce that the Full Sail Game Studies team was donating a variety of school supplies and tools for the classrooms at Midway.
Now in its second year, the partnership between the two schools has allowed Full Sail’s faculty to introduce progressive concepts in 21st Century learning to the Midway staff and faculty.