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Open house Feb. 12 to introduce campus community to Tablet PCs as teaching tools

Snodgrass_t.jpgBOONE—Faculty, students and administrators are invited to attend an open house in the Hayes School of Music Feb. 12 to learn about the school’s pedagogy and technology classroom and tutoring lab. The open house will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. in Room 204 in Broyhill Music Center.

Jennifer Snodgrass, an assistant professor in the Hayes School of Music, will demonstrate ways she and her students use Tablet PC laptop computers in the classroom. Snodgrass uses the technology to teach music theory classes.

“We want the campus community to see what we do, how you can use Tablet PCs to deliver instruction, and how effective our tutoring center has been,” Snodgrass said.

Jeff Lazenby and Asst Prof Jennifer SnodgrassGraduate student Jeff Lazenby, left, and Assistant Professor Jennifer Snodgrass will demonstrate ways to use Tablet PCs to deliver instruction during an open house Feb. 12 in the Hayes School of Music. (Photo by Jane Nicholson)

Funding for the Tablet PCs used in the classroom was made possible by a grant from Microsoft, an Appalachian Foundation Fellows Grant, and funding from the Office of Academic Affairs and the Hayes School of Music.

Snodgrass says the technology enables her to cover more material in class, and that her students are more engaged in learning when using the Tablet PCs.

Snodgrass and graduate student Jeff Lazenby were recognized as educators of the month for January by DyKnow, a software company that specializes in interactive software used in the digital classroom. DyKnow plans to conduct a case study of ways their software is used in Snograss’s music theory classes.

In addition to the open house, Snodgrass and Lazenby will lead a workshop on using Tablet PCs Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. in Room 204 in Broyhill Music Center.

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