Education graduates to showcase 'play' works

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April 25, 2012

The John H. Lounsbury College of Education graduates prepare to play this week.

Graduating teacher candidates put the finishing touches on their capstone showcase projects to illustrate this year’s theme, “Play,” at 3 p.m. Friday in Kilpatrick Education Center.

Inspired by English writer G.K. Chesterton’s quote, “The true object of all human Early childhood education seniors Katie Allen, Margaux Lysett, Amy Hutchinson and Elise McDonald put the finishing touches on their project for their capstone showcase. Early childhood education seniors Katie Allen, Margaux Lysett, Amy Hutchinson and Elise McDonald put the finishing touches on their project for their capstone showcase. life is play,” students will demonstrate how they have spent the past two years teaching youth to love learning.

“Each of our cohorts will look at play through different teaching styles,” said Dr. Virginia Wilcox, assistant professor of early childhood education and showcase coordinator. “Our annual showcase is a great opportunity for family and community members to see what our students have accomplished in our programs.”

A tradition since 1999, the showcase is an opportunity for graduating cohorts to collaborate on designing final group presentations before advancing their degrees or entering the workforce. Both senior and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) cohorts will showcase their achievements as student educators.

Early childhood education seniors Margaux Lysett, Elise McDonald, Katie Allen and Amy Hutchinson will use technology to show ways students play in today’s society.

“We’re using the iPhone and all its apps to describe play,” said Lysett of Alpharetta. “Technology is so big in our culture now that even children know how to work iPhones and computers. Through these different apps, we’re presenting some of our favorite projects that really show what we’ve learned at Georgia College.”

The group will provide interactive learning stations that incorporate social media like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. The students also will feature math and literary games and present their teacher work samples.

An awards ceremony for the graduates follows the showcase at 6 p.m. Friday in Centennial Center.

“Everyone should attend,” said McDonald of Snellville. “The showcase and awards ceremony are recognition of the hard work and dedication put into the program by faculty and students.”

The College of Education will graduate one middle grades, two early childhood, two special education and three MAT cohorts during May. Among all undergraduate and MAT cohorts, 184 education students will graduate spring 2012.

“Each group is telling their story and taking us through their journey while studying in the College of Education,” Wilcox said. “These students are creative and have a lot to offer our communities after graduation.”

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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