Monday, April 9, 2007

GPB Education TIE Network Inaugural Event

GPB Education's Technology in Education Network (TIE Network) hosted its inaugural event at Georgia Southern University's College of Education on March 13 in Statesboro, Ga. The theme of the event was "Show Your Green" in honor of the TIE Network and St. Patrick's Day.

Twenty-two attendees participated in engaging sessions with fellow TIE Network members and educators. Counties represented were Bibb, Savannah-Chatham, Wayne and the First District RESA. Georgia Southern University students from Jordan, Morocco, Egypt, Indonesia and Malaysia were also present.

"I would like to see the TIE Network event become a yearly occurrence at Georgia Southern University," said Dr. Lucindia Chance, Academic Dean of Georgia Southern University's College of Education.

Session topics included editing audio files using Audacity, creating digital stories using Windows Movie Maker, and exploring free Google resources. Featured speakers and presenters that shared their expertise at the inaugural event included Dr. Lucindia Chance, GSU College of Education, Academic Dean; Jeff Giddens, First District RESA; Daniel Rivera, First District RESA; and Katherine Aiken, GPB Education TIE Network Manager.

"I love the way our network ties educators together so that we can learn from each other and develop our technology skills," said Judy Newsome, educator at Massey Heritage Center in Savannah-Chatham County.

The TIE Network empowers Georgia educators who are passionate about incorporating technology into the classroom by connecting them with other educators throughout the region. Once connected, educators share ideas, offer support, network and collaborate with other educators who integrate digital media in their classrooms.

On April 10, Dalton State College ETTC with host a regional TIE Network event for members in north Georgia.

To find out more about the TIE Network, please visit