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Employment History

Instructional Technology Specialist
First District RESA

Glynn County Schools

Development Specialist
Georgia Virtual School

Instructional Specialist
Educational Technology Center


Middle Grades Education
Georgia Southern University

Middle Grades Education
Valdosta State University

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"Seeing is Believing: The Power of ...

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"Seeing is Believing: The Power of Information Visualization": Jeff Giddens energizes educators throughout his GaETC 2008 workshop

Jeff, co-author of the SEGA Tech blog, is an Instructional Technology Consultant with the First District RESA ETTC in Southeast Georgia. Jeff, and his fellow colleagues, helps educators in Southeast Georgia use technology efficiently and effectively to enhance the learning experiences they provide for their students in the classroom.
I attended Jeff's GaETC workshop entitled, "Seeing is Believing: The Power of Information Visualization". Jeff has a true passion for science and technology, and therefore it is no surprise that his expertise resides in the integration of technology into middle and high school science classes. Having met and worked with Jeff at previous conferences over the past few years I was confident that he would deliver rich content and offer concrete examples of how technology can enhance student engagement, learning and skills. To say the least, I was not disappointed.
Information Visualization is a powerful means of helping students comprehend complex concepts. Throughout the workshop, Jeff taught us how to make hard-to-grasp ideas more understandable through the use of visual media. He introduced us to a number of free digital resources dedicated to the creation of 3D models, virtual worlds, and other effective instructional graphics. We all walked away with a multitude of new ideas and techniques for making learning more engaging and meaningful.
I could not even begin to catalog the numerous best practices he shared throughout his workshop so I will just pass on one suggestion: Subscribe to his blog SEGA Tech and spend some time reaching into the recent past by reviewing his archival posts. Oh, and one more thing … you may want to have del.icio.us bookmarking tools installed prior to visiting as you will definitely want to save and share the vast number of engaging resources Jeff has highlighted.


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Jeff Giddens

Instructional Technology Specialist
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Jeff taught sixth grade for nine years at Glynn County Middle School in Brunswick, Georgia and encouraged his peers to incorporate technology in the classroom. He received a B.A. in Middle Grades Education from Valdosta State University and a M.Ed. in Middle Grades Education from Georgia Southern University. Jeff conducts training classes at the technology training center at First District RESA and provides customized training classes for the school systems that First District RESA serves.

Curriculum Development

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Jeff Giddens, Development Specialist

Jeff Giddens joined the Georgia Virtual School in 2009. He currently serves as a Development Specialist. After completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Grades Education, Jeff taught middle school at Glynn Middle School in Brunswick, Georgia. After obtaining his Masters Degree and a decade of teaching, Jeff worked for an educational technology training center serving twelve different school systems. Jeff has presented at GAETC, NECC, and other related regional conferences and gatherings.
When not working on GAVS projects, Jeff enjoys gardening, cooking, pouring over the works of Dickens, and following developments in animation, cryptozoology, and emerging technologies. Jeff also contributes to a blog, Preclectic.com, and also maintains helpful bookmarks for educators with the popular social bookmarking service Delicious (del.icio.us/jgiddens).

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