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Learning Lab Early Childhood Specialist Jaclyn Casey conducts a Bee-Bot demonstration for area educators
WOUB Learning Lab Early Childhood Specialist Jaclyn Casey conducts a Bee-Bot demonstration for area educators at the first Technology and Treats Unconference.

WOUB Learning Lab Hosts First Technology and Treats Unconference


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Event allowed teachers to share ideas and learn about resources available through WOUB

ATHENS, OH – Some area educators are walking into their classrooms today feeling appreciated with a new energy inspired by the first Technology and Treats Unconference put on by The Learning Lab at WOUB Public Media. The event was held on Thursday evening (September 26) at Eclipse Company Store in The Plains. The educators networked with each other, shared their newest ideas and proven classroom strategies for student success and learned about emerging technologies that can impact learning, all while sharing a meal.

“I come to events like this to find out about the innovative things other teachers are doing in the classroom,” said April Stewart, a middle school math teacher in Athens. “I also like to see demonstrations of all of the technology that is available and can be borrowed from the WOUB Learning Lab for use in my classroom. It’s great.”

“It’s important for teachers to know that they are valued for all of the hard work that they do to help our children succeed and to just have time together outside of the classroom,” said WOUB Educational Services Manager Deborah Brewer. “We held this event to show our appreciation and give teachers the opportunity to share ideas with each other while exploring how the WOUB Learning Lab can support them in their work.”

WOUB’s Learning Lab provides professional development opportunities for classroom teachers and home and private childcare providers, along with instruction on the classroom integration of educational technology. The lab also promotes the use of WOUB children’s programming and PBS Learning Media to support the education of children by teachers and families and allows educators to borrow the latest educational technology resources for use in the classroom through its equipment loan program.

“The WOUB Learning Lab is here to support educators and families throughout Appalachian Ohio in many ways,” said Brewer. “We want to empower educators and parents to feel confident and comfortable in the use of trusted 21st century learning tools and media proven to impact student success.”

“I’m thankful for events like this put on by the WOUB Learning Lab,” said Ally Malone, a first grade teacher at Morrison-Gordon Elementary School in Athens. “I didn’t know that all of this technology was available to be borrowed by teachers. I found out we could borrow coding robots. That is great. With tools like that, children are learning without knowing it because they are having fun.”

About 20 teachers attended the Technology and Treats Unconference. The WOUB Learning Lab plans to host more similar events for teachers around the region in the future. To learn more contact Deborah Brewer at 740-597-7922.

 

About WOUB Public Media Learning Lab

Using the trusted and valued educational resources of WOUB Public Media and PBS, The WOUB Learning Lab empowers teachers and families to use 21st century learning tools and media proven to impact student success. Through professional development, classroom integration of educational technology, promotion of WOUB children’s programming and PBS Learning Media and supporting parents and families in the education of their children, the WOUB Learning Lab is a go-to resource for high-quality educational advancement support.