MC teacher to present at national conference

NATCHITOCHES — Research by Northwestern State University alumna Susan Tregle of Morgan City has been accepted as a book chapter of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education’s (SITE) 2012 research highlights. SITE is the recognized leading organization in the education technology discipline. Tregle’s research will be presented during the 23rd annual SITE conference March 5-9 in Austin, Texas.

Tregle, a teacher of gifted at J.S. Aucoin Elementary School, is a 2011 completer of Northwestern State’s on-line specialist program in Education Technology offered through the university’s College of Education and Human Development. Her research topic is “Evaluation of computer based reading intervention based on Kirkpatrick’s four-level evaluation model.”

“The focus of the study is the effectiveness of Fast ForWord®, a reading intervention program for fourth grade students,” Tregle explained. “The study was conducted at schools in St. Mary Parish.”

Tregle earned her undergraduate studies at Nicholls State University before completing the Masters of Education degree and a Specialist degree in Educational Technology at Northwestern State.

“When I was seeking certification for gifted education, I found Northwestern’s program to be exceptional,” Tregle said. “I enrolled and really enjoyed the online learning environment. The professors in the College of Education and Human Development at Northwestern were a big part why I continued my education. The specialist degree program is rigorous and challenging. I enjoy learning and a challenge so the program was a perfect fit for me.”

Tregle realized she wanted to specialize in technology in the education field during her master’s program.

“Teachers must be very creative when teaching gifted students. I found that technology was very useful to my students as well as my teaching,” she said. “With the use of technology, my students can explore various aspects of the world from our classroom. My students have performed virtual surgery, taken virtual field trips, explored other countries, spoken to interesting people in other states, interviewed scientists, taken college courses and more without leaving our classroom. The use of technology has opened many doors in education.

“Northwestern’s professors are very knowledgeable of technology resources as they become available. This was a tremendous help to me as a teacher,” she said.

The Educational Specialist degree in Education Leadership and Instruction is one of Northwestern State’s 29 on-line degree programs. The specialist degree has three concentrations, education technology, special education and educational leadership. Education leadership is a mix of on-line, campus and compressed video classes.

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