(July 31, 2014) -- The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures recently hosted the 2014 Summer Institute for Educators with the opportunity to teach the teachers about historical resources and earn continuing education credits. The institute is in keeping with the museum's mandate to be the state's leading institution for multicultural education.
"There are countless resources here at the ITC," said Christian Clark, senior program coordinator. "We show teachers how to use the museum and exhibits as models for the classroom and how to use resources such as artifacts, oral histories and first-person accounts to satisfy the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills requirements. We can teach how to build a curriculum for the classroom."
While at the museum, educators visited areas of the museum the public rarely sees. In the artifacts room, for example, participants are in the company of a museum curator who describes the handling, classification and interpretation of artifacts. The educators go through the exhibit fabrication workshop to learn how objects, graphics and text panels take shape as a cohesive exhibit. The workshop includes using a student-produced museum exhibit as a framework for a class project.
"We recently had 25 teachers enrolled," said Clark. "We see teachers at all grade levels, elementary through high school, from around the state. It's vital that teachers keep up with their training requirements and certifications, and it's an important service and resource the Institute of Texan Cultures is providing."
The museum will continue its educator-specific programs this fall with monthly Teacher Tuesdays. The event will begin with an introduction to the museum and its resources, then will progress into various topics through the fall semester.
For more information on professional development for educators, visit the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures website.
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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