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By Ryan Schoensee
Special Projects Writer, Office of University Communications

(Nov. 21, 2012) -- After a successful workshop this month on "Digital Writing Tools and Methods," the San Antonio Writing Project will present part two of the workshop from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 1. Hosted by the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, the workshop will be in the COEHD Computer Lab in Frio Street Building Room 3.412 at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

The first workshop focused on using sounds, images and video to create publications. Teachers learned how to use free online tools to engage their students in writing and online publishing.

The Dec. 1 workshop will continue the discussion, focusing on the connection between digital composition methods and the writing process. Participants will edit each other's digital writing pieces and learn how to publish them online through platforms such as Voice Thread.

The San Antonio Writing Project was founded by UTSA and is one of more than 200 National Writing Project sites. The organization is dedicated to improving writing education in kindergarten through college classrooms. With the support of teaching models from the National Writing Project, the San Antonio Writing Project offers monthly professional development teach-the-teacher sessions that allow educators to share best practices with others in the field.

To learn more about the San Antonio Writing Project or to register for the Dec. 1 session, visit the San Antonio Writing Project website or email sawp@utsa.edu.

 

 

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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