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Socorro ISD, UTEP Tech-E Program continues to expand student’s experience with technology

A collaborative program between the University of Texas at El Paso and Socorro Independent School District, which exposes SISD students to a wide-range of technologies with real-world, hands-on experiences, is going strong in its third year.

More than 1,000 WIN Academy students from second to seventh grade and 48 teachers have spent a Friday every two months this school year participating in Tech-E, the innovative, award-winning program that demonstrates technology used today and in the future.

The students from 15 SISD schools spend the day at UTEP to learn the importance of cyber security, how to use a 3-D printer, and how to build, program and play games on a Raspberry Pi, a credit-card-sized computer that plugs into a keyboard and monitor.

They also get to hear about careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). As an added benefit, students get a taste of university life.

“It’s the best possible opportunity for our students to enhance their educational experience,” said Jessica Macias, SISD school improvement officer. “It gives the WIN students the college experience and how to use technology effectively. It’s such a positive.”

SISD was the first school district to take advantage of the program that began in the fall of 2016, said Mike Pitcher, Tech-E coordinator and UTEP’s director of academic technologies. Each year, a different cohort was added.

For the 2019-2020 school year, another five campuses will be welcomed to the program bringing the total amount of WIN Academy students to 1,300.

“It’s been really exciting,” Pitcher said. “We know our students and they know the staff. They feel comfortable here. It’s home for them now. I want the students to know this is their campus. Tech-E has far exceeded what we expected.”

Students are so curious and learning way beyond their lessons, he said. They create video games and other programs. It’s not just technology in use. Math and science are behind it as well.

“It’s a different style of learning,” Pitcher said. “It’s self-empowered. They learn they can have a great idea and then create it.”

Cesar Raygoza, 9, loves working on the Raspberry Pi and what he is able to accomplish with it.

“It’s exciting to come to UTEP,” said Raygoza, a third-grader at Jane A. Hambric School. “I never thought I could make a computer and see it work. Wow!”

Salvador Telles, a third-grade WIN Academy teacher from Hueco Elementary, said Tech-E is extremely beneficial. Students get to interact with one another and see how technology works.

“I appreciate the endless opportunities the district provides them,” Telles said. “When they work together with our UTEP partners, it’s a win-win situation for everybody.”

SISD, UTEP Tech-E program photos

UTEP Technologist Named Among Apple’s Best in 2018

The Apple Distinguished Educator Program announced that Mike Pitcher, director of UTEP’s Academic Technologies – Learning Environments, is among its 2018 Worldwide Apple Distinguished Educators.

The program selects individuals who push the boundaries of a wide range of technologies at the pedagogical level, promote academic innovation and develop ways to share their knowledge.

Pitcher said he was humbled by his selection, which puts him among the world’s top technology educators.

Pitcher, who was one of Apple’s 125 U.S. Distinguished Educators of 2017, will be among a few hundred participants at an interdisciplinary conference July 15-20, 2018, in Texas. The Worldwide Apple Distinguished Educator Institute is an opportunity to network, develop curriculum, collaborate on programs and exchange ideas with individuals from around the world.

“It’s going to be awesome,” said Pitcher, who participated in a similar 2017 conference near Houston. He said that you work with top people in their fields who leave their egos at the door. “That’s the coolest thing. Everybody treats each other as extended family. The only thing these people care about is improving curriculum.”

The UTEP director said he submitted in February 2018 a digital portfolio of his recent accomplishments, which was reviewed by educators, technologists and Apple board members. His portfolio included work with Tech-E, the University’s collaboration with several El Paso school districts to promote technology with younger students, and the papers he submitted for the American Society of Engineering Education that involve summer technology camps, 3-D printing, and ways to engage teachers in technology curriculum.

Stephen Riter, Ph.D., UTEP’s vice president for information resources and planning, said that Apple’s recognition of Pitcher as one of the world’s outstanding educational technologists heightens the visibility of The University of Texas at El Paso.

“It attests to the quality of our technology and the support we offer to teaching and learning at UTEP to be among the best in the world,” Riter said.

Pitcher said this designation puts a spotlight on UTEP’s technological capabilities, and its abilities to connect with neighboring school districts and the community.

“There’s a lot of talk about our commitment to the 21st century student demographic,” Pitcher said. “This shows that UTEP is focused on using technology for the social mobility of its students. We are competitive at an international level.”

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