(Sept. 15, 2011) -- This Saturday, the San Antonio Writing Project (SAWP) will host “Digital Writing: Byte Write Into It,” the first seminar in its 2011-2012 professional development series. The seminar, which will provide educators ways to teach writing using technology, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 17 at the UTSA Downtown Campus in the Frio Street Building Auditorium (FS 1.406).
“We established the San Antonio Writing Project in 2006 at UTSA as a way to help local teachers improve their overall writing instruction,” said Roxanne Henkin, UTSA professor in the College of Education and Human Development’s Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching and SAWP director. “Under the Writing Project model, teachers teach teachers. Then, the teachers who attend our seminars go back to their schools and share what they learned with their colleagues.”
Educator Chris Navarro will keynote the seminar. Navarro has worked in education since 1998 as a teacher and program coordinator in schools and with non-profit organizations. He is an active participant in the Central Texas Writing Project, has lobbied on behalf of the NWP and is an advocate of charter school reform. Currently, he serves as the program coordinator of a small business called Open Art that provides fine arts enrichment and education services and creative consulting to parents and students, public and private schools, and other types of organizations. He also independently publishes a comic book called "Chicano Superstar”.
The San Antonio Writing Project was established in 2006 by the UTSA College of Education and Human Development’s Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching to improve the writing of K-12 students in the greater San Antonio region, particularly English Language Learners and children from impoverished areas of south Texas. It is one of more than 200 National Writing Project sites that aim to collectively improve writing instruction in K-12 classrooms across the nation.
The digital writing seminar is free for UTSA students, UTSA faculty and SAWP teacher consultants. The cost is $20 for non-SAWP attendees. Participants will receive three professional development credits and should park in an unmarked space in one of the following parking lots: the Durango Loop Lot, Lot D-1, Lot D-2, Lot D-3, Lot D-4, Lot D-5, the Cattleman’s Square Lot or the Monterey Building Lot.
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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