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Education majors present at Nebraska Educational Technology Association Annual Conference

Professor elected to serve on NETA Board of Directors


Austin Dinges and Tyler Nutsch
Austin Dinges - Council Bluffs, IA
Tyler Nutsch - Beatrice, NE

(Peru, Neb.) Three Peru State students were selected to present their research at the Nebraska Educational Technology Association’s (NETA) Annual Conference in LaVista April 25-26.

Austin Dinges, a senior elementary education major from Council Bluffs, Iowa; Tyler Nutsch, a senior elementary education major from Beatrice; and David Sumrell, a senior middle grades education major from Omaha created their presentation, titled Pre-Service Teachers Flip for NETS (National Educational Technology Standards), as part of their coursework in Education 315 – Educational Technology. The presentation explored the flipped classroom approach and use of electronic portfolios to showcase achievement of NETS.

Michael Barger
Dr. Evi Wusk

Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Evi Wusk said, “Integration of new and emerging technologies is a challenge for pre-service teachers. Tyler, David and Austin meet and surpass that challenge through their hard work and innovation. This conference provides a unique opportunity for them to engage with NETA—an organization with a palpable energy. I’m excited that participating students got to experience that energy and gain larger vision for teaching students in today’s digital world.”

Wusk was recently elected to a one year appointment on the Nebraska Educational Technology Association Board of Directors, an affiliate of the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE). Board members provide leadership to the organization through strategic planning, targeted outreach and an annual spring conference. 

In addition to her teaching and advising duties at Peru State, Wusk serves as a reviewer for ISTE and is a contributor to the International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments. Wusk completed her doctorate at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and holds master's and bachelor's degrees from Peru State. She is a member of the ISTE, NETA, Edutopia (George Lucas Technology Association), National Education Association and National Writing Project. 

Wusk said, “I am humbled and excited as this appointment provides an opportunity to give back to an organization that has given me so much. NETA has energy that equips and connects teachers--both pre-service and practicing. I want to help steward that energy as we continue to serve Nebraska.”

NETA exists for the purpose of providing leadership and promoting the application of technology to the educational process. It is a grassroots organization open to everyone interested in sharing information about using technology in the educational process.

For more information about the event, visit or contact Wusk at 872-2450 or