(Nov. 25, 2009)--The UTSA Mobile Go Center will travel to Las Palmas Elementary School to participate in a community fair on technology and higher education from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 115 Las Palmas Drive on San Antonio's West Side.
The innovative mobile education resource center, funded by an eight-year, $800,000 AT&T Foundation grant, is equipped with Internet accessible computers and high-speed Internet connections and allows families to learn more about the college enrollment process.
UTSA and Northwest Vista College counselors and representatives will assist students and parents to navigate college and university admissions and financial aid requirements.
Additionally, the fair will showcase UTSA's La Clase Magica, an after-school program designed to provide at-risk students with access to technology to succeed in an increasingly competitive job market. The program pairs 20 UTSA education majors with Edgewood Independent School District elementary school students and uses iPhones and Netbooks to serve as teaching tools.
The future instructors will learn how to teach using technology in a classroom environment, and the students will learn how to create videos and presentations using the latest technology.
"One of the goals of the La Clase Magica after-school enrichment program is to provide students with the resources necessary to become global competitors," said Margarita Machado-Casas, UTSA assistant professor of bicultural-bilingual studies. "Today, technology is an essential tool and is no longer a luxury."
The community fair is sponsored by the UTSA College of Education and Human Development's Academy for Teacher Excellence and the Office of P-20 Initiatives. Collaborating partners include the Edgewood Independent School District, Making Connections and the community agencies of the Neighborhood Place.
Part of the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, the Academy for Teacher Excellence was established as a hub for school districts, community colleges and UTSA to collaboratively research, design, implement and evaluate educational programs that address emerging statewide and local educational issues associated with a growing diverse student population. A major focus is the implementation of a Title V Hispanic-serving institutions grant to utilize resources in the community to better prepare teachers in classrooms with diverse student populations.
For more information, call 210-458-6170 or visit the UTSA Academy for Teacher Excellence Web site.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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