January 23, 2006

Charles Harmon Director of University Relations, Sementha Mathews Manager of Public Information and Media Relations, Diane Jones Student Intern

Valdosta State University at Capitol Tech

Valdosta State University's Educational Technology Training Center (ETTC) will send two local educators and three high school students to the second annual Capitol Tech Day, at the Georgia State Capitol Building, January 30, to demonstrate to Georgia's legislators the positive impact that technology funding is having on instruction in Georgia's public schools.

Mimi McGahee, director of VSU's ETTC, and Regina Barber, Lowndes High School science teacher, will accompany LHS students Alyssa Peacock, Matt Cobral, and Jamie Joy, as they share their technological presentation, "How Metro Status Will Affect Our Environment." This is VSU's second year of involvement in Capitol Tech Day, a collaborative effort of Georgia's Educational Technology Training Centers (ETTC) and state schools.

VSU's ETTC is one of 13 similar centers across the state. With nine educational technology professionals on staff, the VSU center works with school teachers in the region to improve and promote research-based methods of instruction that they can use in their classrooms.

ETTC's emphasis includes the integration of multiple technologies to enrich the curriculum, effective uses of technology to increase school productivity, and distance learning to provide opportunities that would otherwise be inaccessible. ETTC believes students must be empowered to meet the challenges of tomorrow if Georgia's citizens are to be competitive in the world market of the 21st century.

Capitol Tech Day activities are scheduled to take place between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the South Rotunda of the capitol building. For any additional questions, contact Mimi McGahee at (229) 249-2781.

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