ACTE Techniques May 2012 : Page 9

Step 4: iPad Pilot Program SWCTA is now piloting a 1-to-1 iPad program with the junior and senior classes this school year and the sophomore class is using the iPods. With so many students using Google Apps, teachers outside the technology classes began to ask how they could incorporate Google Apps into their lesson plans. The technology teachers and the students at SWCTA provided structured professional development for all teachers, staff, and administration. Reverse mentoring is a key component to the culture at SWCTA, and teachers appreciate the assistance that our students give them. The professional development has allowed teachers to attach notes and assignments created in Google, PDFs, podcasts and ePubs to their Google calendars. When students and parents access a specific teacher’s website, they no longer see just a lesson plan, they can actually have access to the notes and handouts given each day. Step 5: Digital Portfolios for Students Starting at the end of the 2010 school year, every student began creating a digi -tal portfolio that represents the work they completed during their time at SWCTA. Students are able to share the portfolios with teachers, future employers and col -lege recruiters. They will be able to share the portfolio using their own personal Google accounts, so they will always have a copy of what they accomplished. This school year has seen approxi -mately 20,000 documents, spreadsheets, presentations and websites created using Google Apps for Education. The aver -age document is directly shared with over three other users and this number does not include documents that teachers publish to the web for everyone to access. Google Apps for Education, as well as other technologies, has allowed SWCTA to develop a creative and collaborative environment that allows students to be successful in the 21st century. Southwest Career and Technical Academy (SWCTA) opened in August 2009 offering 11 career and technical education (CTE) programs. The school’s current enrollment is over 1400 students. SWCTA was conceived and developed with the use of technology at the forefront. Craig Statucki is the game development program leader and community partnership coordinator at Southwest CTA. For more information on how they did it, Statucki can be reached at THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SPORTS MEDICINE (NASM) offers two personal fitness training programs that can easily be incorporated into the vocational school space to prepare students for the gainful employment in the health and fitness industry. * 300-HOUR PROGRAM —including the NCAA-accredited Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) course in an accelerated format. ** 900-HOUR PROGRAM —incorporates the full continuum of NASM educational products including the: Certified Personal Training (CPT) Corrective Exercise (CES) Sports Performance (PES) *Partial Title IV eligibility & meets the 90/10 rule ** Full Title IV eligibility Contact one of NASM’s team of professionals today. 1-800-460-6276 ext 1281 Ma y 2012 Techniques 9

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