Who are the EdTech Student Partners?

Who we are

EdTech Student Partners are undergraduate students from different schools and programs, who are interested in teaching others how to use technology. They provide recommendations for technology tools in the classroom, willing to teach the technology to the students, support faculty in the classroom, and provide feedback from a student perspective to enhance student engagement and learning.

What we do

EdTech Student Partners work with faculty members and graduate teaching assistants to enhance teaching with technology and the student learning experience.

 

Technology projects we worked on with Faculty

Our recent projects have focused on the following technologies:

  • Designing and delivering online courses (synchronous and asynchronous) through Canvas. This includes transitioning face-to-face course to online ones.
  • VoiceThread (interactive discussions)
  • Tiki Toki (digital timelines)
  • Custom Google Maps
  • Kahoot/Socratic (game-based learning)
  • PollEverywhere (classroom response system) 
  • TopHat/NearPod (interactive classroom tools)
  • Screencast-O-Matic (creating video lectures)
  • Ensemble (video hosting and sharing)
  • PinUp (brainstorming tool) 

EdTech Student Partners can help you with other technologies as needed and make recommendations about the technology tool that works best for your assignment/activity. 

 

Meet our EdTech Student Partners

Ashley Bryant, (a Lead EdTech Student Partner) Information Science & Technology Major

Ashley is a senior who is anticipated to graduate in the Spring semester of 2020.  As an Information Science & Technology major, she has developed skills in software development, network architectures, and project management.  She is interested specifically in bridging the gap between IT professionals and users, believing strongly that a liaison between the two is crucial for the success of any field that utilizes IT.  She has spent her time outside of class acting as a student ambassador for her major in the CST advising office, singing in an a cappella group, and sitting on the executive board for Temple's chapter of STARS Computing Corps. In January 2019, she presented a project she worked on as an EdTech partner alongside a faculty member at the CAT's Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence. Her favorite thing about being an EdTech partner is researching different tech tools for faculty, and helping them reimagine and reinvigorate old assignments using technology.

Nineka Downing, Education Major 

Nineka Downing is a Philadelphia native and a third year student at Temple University. She is a Human Development and Community Engagement major, with a concentration in Childhood Mental Health. She is extremely passionate about education, civic engagement, and accessibility. In 2018, she spent six months teaching English as a second language abroad in Brescia, Italy where she instructed both children and adults. She currently serves as a tutor in Temple University’s Employment Connections for Opportunity Youth program, a program that provides various supportive services to 17-21 year old Philadelphia youth that have recently aged out or are in the process of aging out of the foster care system. She is also an employee at Sunrise of Philadelphia, a non-profit social services organization which specializes in afterschool arts and academic programming. She enjoys researching, discovering, and integrating new technology to improve access and accessibility both inside and outside of the classroom.

Erin McDonald, Computer Science Major

Erin McDonald is a junior who is anticipated to graduate in May 2021. She is a Computer Science major, with a minor in Data Science. She is exploring parts of the field ranging anywhere for web development to computer vision. She has experience teaching technology skills through being a Technology Instructor at Lavner Camps. She is currently on the E-board of ACM, a member of the Temple Night Owls, and spends spare time exploring various forms of art. She believes there are endless possibilities for technology to be used in the classroom, we just need to be able to find the right tools.

Kevin Dang, Management Information Systems Major 

My name is Kevin Dang and I’m currently a junior enrolled at Temple’s Fox School of Business majoring in Management Information Systems. This past summer, I had the
opportunity to intern at Dow at their global headquarters in Midland, Michigan. My project consisted of working on the Employee Experience Services team (EXS for short) for Productivity and Collaboration to create a high-level automated dashboard that would provide actionable insights to the service managers. The experience I gained was invaluable. Not only did I make lifelong friends, but lifelong memories that will forever be instilled in me. By utilizing the skills I’ve gained throughout my time at Temple as well as my internship, I hope to be an EdTech Student Partner that builds long-lasting
relationships with the professors I’m fortunate enough to work with in unison to create an enthusiastic and collaborative classroom environment!

 

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