LSU Alumna Discusses Use of Technology in the Classroom
BATON ROUGE – LSU College of Human Sciences & Education alumna Nikole Blanchard has visited School of Education Instructor Deborah Heroman’s technology course each semester or twice a year since 2008.
Currently, Blanchard is director of technology for the Dunham School in Baton Rouge. Schools from across the United States have sent representatives to observe Dunham’s technology program, which includes both teachers and administrators interested in observing the integration of technology into classroom learning.
“LSU laid the foundation for my success within my own classroom,” said Blanchard. “My undergraduate courses provided opportunities in the field for me to practice what I was learning. I was among the first group of student teachers to pilot a laptop in student teaching though the PTNet Grant. I witnessed the endless possibilities with technology.”
Each year, Blanchard teaches a skill to Heroman’s students such as podcasting, digital storytelling, writing using an iPad, etc. The LSU students then visit Dunham and work with students.
“It is priceless the smile’s on a second grader’s face as an LSU student works with them,” said Blanchard. “The experience also allows LSU students to work with the digital natives – and witness the technology knowledge of a 7-year-old.”
“I enjoyed collaborating with my LSU professors and student teaching colleagues,” said Blanchard. “Thirteen years after graduating from LSU, the relationships that I have with my professors are still alive.”
The LSU School of Education offers graduate and undergraduate programs in Curriculum and Instruction and in Educational Leadership, Research and Counseling. The school’s mission is to prepare P-12 educational professionals to be leaders, practitioners and scholars knowledgeable in contemporary educational issues. Visit the School of Education at www.lsu.edu/education.
The College of Human Sciences & Education is a nationally accredited division of LSU. Formed in 2012, the college brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The college is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research and service and is continually working to improve its programs. Visit the College of Human Sciences & Education at chse.lsu.edu.