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NESTT Learning Labs

The NESTT Learning Lab was established to address the need to prepare both faculty and teacher education candidates to utilize technology within their instructional practices. NESTT is an acronym for New and Emerging Support for Teaching with Technology. In order to reach this objective, the NESTT Learning Labs established five goals to guide our work. 

  • To ENGAGE faculty and candidates around ideas for the adoption and integration of technology within their instructional practices. 
  • To PROVIDE safe spaces to be curious, creative, and inquisitive with technology. 
  • To SUPPORT faculty in the redesign of courses, assignments, and projects to take advantage of how different technologies can support student learning. 
  • To EMPOWER both faculty and candidates to utilize & use various technologies themselves instead of being dependent on others. 
  • To MODEL pedagogies and practices that support learning. NESTT staff reflects on and practice technology coaching and mentoring models to support their own professional development. 

The work of the NESTT is grounded in research-based standards, specifically the International Society for Technology (ISTE) standards for Educators, Coaches, and Students, and research frameworks to support faculty and candidates in making critical decisions about technology adoption for learning and teaching. The NESTT has regular hours of operation, hosts teacher education courses to introduce educational technology concepts, and provides “in lab” support for creative projects and instructional planning. 

 

To fulfill these goals and advance the preparation of teachers to infuse technology, the NESTT supports teacher education students, faculty, and the larger Ball State community in a number of ways. We engage with Ball State students and faculty about technology integration and instructional practices. This has led to preservice teachers checking out a variety of technologies to use within their practicum or during student teaching.

 

Next, EdTec students and NESTT staff have designed and conducted several community outreach projects. One example was to host students from Muncie Community School Southside Middle School for a STEM BreakoutEDU experience that connected math, science, and computer science content to an engaging and hands-on activity. The students used Sphero robots, virtual reality during the activity. Another example involves partnering with the Indiana Department of Education Migrant Education Program to host a STEM Technology summit. The summit brought middle school students and teachers from across the state to the Ball State campus to explore science and math content by practicing engineering principles through a variety of technology such as making 3d printed molds and virtual reality tours. 

 

Finally, EdTec faculty and NESTT staff work with others from across campus to support technology infusion. For example, a biology faculty member worked with the NESTT to 3D print human chromosomes to assist a low vision student during a genetics lab. 

 

The generous support from alumni will allow the NESTT Learning labs, EdTec students, and faculty to continue these kinds of outreach efforts and to promote continued innovations in how we support learning and teaching with technology.

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College Leaderboard
The college with the most gifts by midnight will receive $2,000 to support students' greatest needs!
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $2,000 College of Fine Arts 1,749
2 $1,000 College of Communication, Information, and Media 839
3 $500 College of Sciences and Humanities 396
4 Teachers College 336
5 Miller College of Business 237
6 College of Health 226
7 College of Architecture & Planning 62
8 Honors College 54
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Academic Department Leaderboard
The three academic departments with the most gifts by midnight will receive $8,000, $4,000 and $2,000 in challenge funds respectively for the benefit of students' greatest needs.
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $8,000 Theatre & Dance 1,367
2 $4,000 Journalism 315
3 $2,000 School of Music 312
4 Communication Studies 180
5 Special Education 92
6 Social Work 75
7 Miller Business Honors Program 70
8 Elementary Education 55
9 Chemistry 54
10 Telecommunications 53
11 School of Nursing 46
12 Educational Psychology 45
13 Political Science 43
14 Accounting 42
15 Anthropology 37
16 English 34
17 Environment, Geology, and Natural Resources 30
18 Management 30
19 Counseling Psych, Social Psych and Counseling 28
20 Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies 27
21 School of Kinesiology 26
22 Educational Studies 24
23 Sociology 24
24 Speech Pathology & Audiology 23
25 Sports Link 22
26 Mathematical Sciences 20
27 Center for Information & Communication Sciences 20
28 Schools Within the Context of Community 17
29 Educational Leadership 17
30 History 17
31 Criminal Justice and Criminology 15
32 Biology 15
33 Geography 14
34 Computer Science 13
35 School of Art 13
36 Women's and Gender Studies 12
37 Finance & Insurance 11
38 Psychological Science 11
39 Economics 10
40 Bowen Center for Public Affairs 9
41 Philosophy and Religious Studies 9
42 Entrepreneurship Center 9
43 Center for Peace & Conflict Studies 7
44 Marketing | CADMA 6
45 Nutrition & Health Science 4
46 Oz Nelson Logistics & Supply Chain Management Ctr 4
47 Ball State Army ROTC 3
48 MBA | Masters of Business Administration 3
49 ISOM Department 3
50 NESTT Learning Labs 0
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The needs of our students are greater than ever. The eight areas with the most donors between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. will each receive $1,000 thanks to challenge dollars given by donors.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 160
2 $1,000 Ball State Student Media 65
3 $1,000 Athletics 59
4 $1,000 Journalism 34
5 $1,000 Dance Marathon 34
6 $1,000 Communication Studies 29
7 $1,000 School of Music 27
8 $1,000 Special Education 26
9 Multicultural Center 24
10 Social Work 16
11 Chemistry 10
12 Telecommunications 9
13 Alumni Programs 8
14 University Police Department 7
15 Miller Business Honors Program 7
16 University Libraries 7
17 Counseling Psych, Social Psych and Counseling 6
18 Honors College 5
19 Accounting 5
20 Fraternity and Sorority Life 5
21 Schools Within the Context of Community 5
22 Sports Link 5
23 Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies 4
24 Educational Psychology 4
25 Cardinal Kitchen 3
26 David Owsley Museum of Art 3
27 Political Science 3
28 Alumni Student Engagement 3
29 Bowen Center for Public Affairs 3
30 Alumni Scholarships 3
31 Management 3
32 Biology 3
33 Burris Laboratory School 3
34 Black Student Association 3
35 Student Voluntary Services 3
36 Late Nite 3
37 English 3
38 Office of Student Life 2
39 Elementary Education 2
40 Center for Information & Communication Sciences 2
41 Educational Studies 2
42 Career Center 2
43 Rinker Center for International Programs 2
44 History 2
45 Computer Science 2
46 Entrepreneurship Center 2
47 School of Kinesiology 1
48 School of Nursing 1
49 Mathematical Sciences 1
50 Sociology 1
51 Ball State Army ROTC 1
52 Spectrum 1
53 Anthropology 1
54 Inclusive Excellence 1
55 Educational Leadership 1
56 Indiana Academy 1
57 School of Art 1
58 Women's and Gender Studies 1
59 Rinard Orchid Greenhouse 1
60 Disability Services 1
61 University Program Board 1
62 Teachers College Dean's Fund for Excellence 1
63 Environment, Geology, and Natural Resources 1
64 Criminal Justice and Criminology 1
65 MBA | Masters of Business Administration 1
66 Online Student Support Fund 1
67 Finance & Insurance 0
68 Learning Center 0
69 Charles W. Brown Planetarium 0
70 Emens Auditorium 0
71 Graduate School 0
72 Nutrition & Health Science 0
73 Speech Pathology & Audiology 0
74 Geography 0
75 Philosophy and Religious Studies 0
76 Psychological Science 0
77 Economics 0
78 ISOM Department 0
79 Marketing | CADMA 0
80 Community Engagement 0
81 Counseling Center 0
82 Center for Peace & Conflict Studies 0
83 Oz Nelson Logistics & Supply Chain Management Ctr 0
84 NESTT Learning Labs 0
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