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DAVID DE JONG | Technology in the Classroom

Season 2, Ep. 8

VERMILLION, S.D. - Educational leadership is a field dedicated to preparing individuals to be successful school administrators. 

Those individuals go on to become superintendents or principals who serve teachers and staff. The job is based around getting to know a given school and its priorities, and then these educational leaders take their job to the next level in terms of service. 

In order to facilitate student learning, train educators and improve accessibility, these educational leaders are embracing a powerful tool: technology.

On this week's episode of Credit Hour, Host Michael Ewald has a conversation with David De Jong, Ed.D., assistant professor in the Division of Educational Leadership in the School of Education, about technology in the classroom and simulation based learning. 

“There are some pretty exciting things happening in technology. What I love the most about it right now is people are really focusing on using technology that improves student achievement or improves access for students,” De Jong said. “I’ve been able to latch onto some pretty exciting things just in my three and a half years here at USD. The two big ones that I’ve been able to dive into is educational leadership simulations and also telepresence robots.”

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VOICES AMPLIFIED | The Nexus of Law & Criminal Justice Reform

Season 4, Ep. 3
The University of South Dakota’s podcast Credit Hour welcomed USD School of Law dean Neil Fulton to discuss the legal dimensions of systemic racism, social justice and criminal justice reform as part of its series “Voices Amplified.” “To address these problems, we have to understand, identify and engage with our differences, and then seek out points of commonality. That requires having difficult conversations in a patient way,” said Fulton. “None of us are really built to do that without working at it. Higher education can help us be prepared to do that.” Fulton discussed the legal aspects of criminal justice reform efforts like removing qualified immunity and defunding the police as well as the ways higher education can address issues like systemic racism. “I think particularly here in South Dakota it’s so important because coming to a college campus may be the first time where a lot of students have a sustained encounter with someone who isn’t like them, that doesn’t look like them, who isn’t of the same race or who doesn’t have the same socioeconomic background,” said Fulton. “This can be one of the first places where we have the sustained opportunity to have those conversations and build up both the skills and inclinations to attack these problems.” Credit Hour is the University of South Dakota’s podcast highlighting the achievement, research and scholarship of its staff, students, alumni and faculty. Follow Credit Hour on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and