Published on May 7, 2012 by Tully Taylor  


Five faculty and staff members in Samford University's Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo April 11-14 in Denver.

The group included David Finn, associate professor and director of the Samford Children's Learning Center (CLC); Mandy Hilsmier, associate professor;  Patti Wood, assistant professor and director of the gifted education program,; and CLC teachers Kelly Stedeford, and Lindsey Bishop.

The presentation discussed a research study involving 4-year-old children and the use of an iPad 2. The team did a pre and pro-test assessment design with one class in August 2011 and a second class in February 2012.

Tully Taylor is a senior journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in Samford University's office of marketing and communication.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.