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 Adam WilliamsTechnology Centers EvaluationGeorgia Southern UniversityFRIT 7738Spring 2011
The Educational Technology Center located at Dalton State College servesthe northwestern corner of the state of Georgia. Their service area spans from as farnorth as Catoosa County along the Tennessee state line to Bartow County, which isconsidered Metro Atlanta. In this expansive geographical area there areapproximately twenty school systems that are served. The technology center at Dalton State consists of one computer lab, one classroom, one resource room, andseveral offices. In the one computer lab there are twenty-eight Dell computers, oneSmart Board, one Promethean Board, two scanners, two printers, and one document reader. One director, one technical support specialist, two instructional technologyspecialists, one grant coordinator and one regional support specialist staff thetechnology center.The Educational Technology center at Dalton State College does atremendous job of working with the schools that reach out to them for help. I wasable to view video of a lesson where a high school class was video conferencing withan elementary school class while they dissected a worm. Both the high school andthe elementary school were conducting a unit on worms and for the culminatingproject the high school students dissected the worm while the elementary studentswatched and were able to ask questions via the pollycom video conferencing systemprovided by the Educational Technology Center at Dalton State College. The staff at the Dalton State College Educational Technology Center provides other servicessuch as grant writing, infrastructure reviews, scientific calculator training, movieediting training, podcast creation training along with helping schools with variousother needs. The Educational Technology center excels at working with the College
of Education at Dalton State College. One staff member told me that the graduates of Dalton States College of Education are highly sought after because of theirtechnological skills. The exemplary work of the Dalton State Educational Center isvery evident with in the College of Education at Dalton State College and in theschools they serve.Though the Educational Technology Center at Dalton State excels in manydifferent areas there are several areas in which they can improve. Of the twentyschool systems that the Educational Technology Center serves, only two thirds of the systems actually use the services of the Educational Technology Center. In orderto make this closer to one hundred percent, the technology center should make itsservices known to the systems that dont use its services. This would help build astronger base and it would increase funding so that they could staff more people.Staffing is also a weakness. The Educational Technology at Dalton State Collegecovers one of the biggest geographical areas of all the technology centers. More staff would mean they could provide more services to more school systems. Anotherarea where the Dalton State Educational Technology Center could improve is in thearea of graduate programs. The Educational Technology center does a tremendousjob of providing staff development to the schools they serve both in the schools andon line. I would challenge the Educational Technology center at Dalton State toprovide a graduate program in the arena of Instructional Technology either onlineor on campus. This would allow the Technology Center not only to expand on itswonderful reputation but also to place more highly trained teachers in the school

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