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Peabody Pulse

The Peabody Pulse is a newsletter describing news of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Faculty invited to ‘Reconnect and Recharge’ event Jan. 28

Faculty members are invited to join alumni teachers for lunch at the next “Recharge and Reconnect” event on Saturday, Jan. 28. Thirty-seven alumni are signed up to attend the event during which teachers discuss issues they’ve confronted in their classrooms. Participants in earlier “Recharge and Reconnect” sessions have indicated they would appreciate the opportunity to reconnect with faculty. The sessions are held at the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence. Faculty members who would like to join the group for lunch are urged to notify Ashley Boyd at ashlboyd@live.unc.edu by tomorrow. Other upcoming sessions will be held March 17 and May 19.

 

The Well: Steve Bronack discusses ‘immersive media’

Research by Steve Bronack, LEARN NC’s new executive director, is the focus of LEARN NC’s blog “The Well” today. Bronack has worked with and researched digital learning environments for many years. In a recent publication, he explored the role of immersive media, such as simulations and role-playing games and augmented reality platforms. Bronack says that pedagogical approaches in using the various available media are more important than the tools themselves. The blog post has tips to help teachers incorporate immersive media into instruction, including that educators today need to recognize that today’s students expect to use technology in their learning and that teachers should not be afraid to do so. The blog post may be found here.

 

Digital Blue Ridge Parkway project unveiled

An online resource for educators and students that allows exploration of the development and history of the Blue Ridge Parkway is now available. Several School of Education faculty members assisted in development of the K-12 lessons plans included in the project. “Driving Through Time: The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina” presents photographs, maps, news articles, oral histories and essays documenting development and construction of the parkway’s North Carolina segment. The collection is available here. Lesson plans are listed under “Education.”

 

Two new visiting scholars

The School of Education is hosting two new visiting scholars from China. Ren Li and Xie Qiong arrived in Chapel Hill last week. Ren is a Ph.D. candidate in English Language and Literature at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and is sponsored by Rebecca New. Xie is an English teacher at Jiangsu University of Science & Technology in China and is sponsored by Jennifer Wooten.

 

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Events

Jan. 21
GSA Research Symposium
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Second Floor, Peabody Hall

Jan. 28
Recharge and Reconnect
CCEE