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Makeda Loney, is currently serving at Interpublic
Group as the very first Bonaventure winner of
the New York Ad Club internship. Kwerkworks
and AAF are a class, a club, a functioning ad
agency, an affiliate of the national AAF and a
joint venture with the School of Business.
Computer science students in Dr. Steve An-
drianoff's Technical Consulting in the Commu-
nity class have worked with non-profits including
food pantries, arts organizations and nursing
homes. Students are paired with an organiza-
tion, identify their technology needs and help the
agency make progress toward a better technol-
ogy environment. One of their most recent proj-
ects was to create a new web presence for the
Olean Food Pantry. The website, which better al-
lows the pantry to tell its story, has attracted
new volunteers and donors to the all-volunteer
organization, said Food Pantry manager Mau-
reen Curry.
J/MC students Tristan King and Shyanne
Wester created a social media plan and online
presence for the Southern Tier BBQ Association.
Chambers was last in the Bahamas in March
at Bishop Michael Eldon School to conduct sci-
ence and math workshops.
One might think that the sunny Caribbean
beaches would be an added bonus to her travel.
But it's the teachers' love of learning and chil-
dren's smiles that keep her coming back.
"I like working with learners," she said. "I
hate the heat."
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At left, students in a Walsh Computer Science
Lab use the software Snap! on a project. Snap! is
a system developed at the University of Califor-
nia, Berkeley, and is designed to provide an introduc-
tion to coding (programming) for beginning students.
The graphical interface turns traditional text-based
programming into a more visual format. The lab per-
mits students and faculty to work together so that
each can see exactly what the student's project is ac-
complishing. This also permits more of an apprentice
model than a lecture method of teaching.
By Beth Eberth
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eslie Chambers' St. Bonaventure col-
leagues fondly refer to her as "the tech
guru of the Bahamas." The way Cham-
bers sees it, she's just a teacher helping out
another teacher.
Her relationship with the teachers and stu-
dents on Grand Bahama
Island began more than
10 years ago when she
was recruited by the uni-
versity's SIFE students
(now called ENACTUS) to
assist them in their efforts
to teach in Bahamian
schools during their an-
nual leadership develop-
ment/service trip.
Returning for many years, Chambers and the
SIFE members put on regular educational
seminars for local Bahamian teachers.
"On Grand Bahama Island, Leslie became
an educational celebrity," said Dr. Todd
Palmer, associate professor of management
and ENACTUS adviser. "Each year the
schools would contact me in advance about
bringing Leslie down. Soon they were asking
her to come down two to three times a year
for tech training."
Chambers learned that teachers in the ele-
mentary schools were thirsty for more pro-
fessional development, especially in math
and technology, her areas of expertise. Ele-
mentary school principals wanted
Promethean boards -- interactive white-
boards -- in all of the classrooms and asked
Chambers to give workshops on how to
boost classroom interaction using the
boards.
Today the classrooms not only have
Promethean boards, but Kindles and iPads
thanks to a 21st Century grant package
from the Ministry of Education that Cham-
bers helped four of the poorest elemen-
tary schools secure in 2013.
"The teachers are so excited about
learning new skills and teaching stu-
dents new things," said Chambers.
"They help push me, too. It helps
me stay current in many fields.
You can't go one or two weeks
without learning something
new."
The teachers use the products
to reinforce letter sounds and al-
phabet recognition in younger
children. For older children, it al-
lows them to capture videos or
photos on a field trip to bring
back to the classroom. The edu-
cation grant also aids with face-
to-face and online staff
development.
"A lot of teachers want to
know how to make their own
lessons more interesting and in-
teractive," said Chambers.
Semi-retired from the university since
2011, Chambers continues to teach the
graduate technology class in the School
of Education. She began her career
teaching remedial math in inner-city
Buffalo.
Chambers is among many SBU faculty
and students who share their technol-
ogy skills with off-campus entities:
The student ad agency, Kwerk-
works, which operates within the Amer-
ican Advertising Federation (AAF) class,
created elder abuse awareness radio
spots that are airing locally this summer.
The radio spots were created in con-
junction with the Allegany County Elder
Abuse Prevention Committee and the
Allegany Senior Foundation. The cre-
ative director on the campaign, 2014
Woman of Promise and J/MC graduate
rooms in the Swan
Business Center (the
board and seminar rooms)
are equipped with Lifesize, a
real-time video conferencing
session utilized to connect
graduate classes on the
Olean campus and the Buf-
falo Center.
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TECHNOLOGY TIDBITS
Education instructor helps teachers
in Bahamas sharpen technology skills
OFF-CAMPUS OUTREACH