THIBODAUX – Teachers-in-training enrolled in the Nicholls State University College of Education are offering two specific services, via Skype, Adobe Connect and Google Chat, to elementary school students throughout Louisiana.
Several preschool and kindergarten classes have already signed on for the first service, “Story Time with the Colonels” – a program that includes virtual book readings, puppet shows and theater, all performed by Nicholls undergraduate students. Participating schools include Spanish Lake Primary and St. John Primary, both in Prairieville, and St. Bernadette Elementary School in Houma. In addition, the College of Education is providing a second service, virtual reading tutorials for fifth grade students at South Thibodaux Elementary School, using webcams and free internet software. The one-on-one sessions, called “Colonel Chat,” are conducted by Nicholls students and coordinated by Tobey Naquin, a graduate student in the education technology leadership program.
Dr. Cynthia Vavasseur, assistant professor of education and instructional technology specialist for the College of Education, said the services are “the very definition of service learning, a practice to which Nicholls is committed.”
Elementary school teachers and administrators in Louisiana who would like to learn more about the College of Education’s technological outreach initiatives should contact Vavasseur at firstname.lastname@example.org or Courtney Robert, graduate assistant, at email@example.com.
For additional information, go to www.nicholls.edu/education.