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  • Writer's pictureLynn Houtz

June '23 Newsletter

NATIONAL PAPER

AIRPLANE DAY

Guinness World Record

Make and Color a Paper Airplane

Allow your inner child to come out and

teach a student how to make a paper

airplane. The fact that paper airplanes are a tried-and-true activity enjoyed for

generations across the globe is reason

enough to celebrate. Did you know

aerogami is the practice of constructing a

plane made from paper? Contests occur to

test two major elements - distance and time

in the air. Watch the record breaking video

(also a great example of alliteration) and

then create a paper airplane!

 

ETP Educator Spotlight


Ian Haserick, one of our seasoned Technology Specialists & Technology Instructors, majored in Computer Science and his work experience blends IT with teaching and training. Ian's favorite resource in the classroom is TinkerCad, as it encourages the exploration of 3D design. Taking a desktop apart, identifying its pieces and how they work,

provides students with technology and engineering experiences. Ian's aspirations for his students include a sense of wonder in technology and leaving his classroom with skills to utilize in the real world. Ian interests in astrophysics, gardening, carpentry, and anthropology keep him constantly learning. In his free time, Ian enjoys camping and spending time outdoors, as well as reading, playing and running technological games, and watching movies with his wife Karissa (Rissa) and their cat, Domino.



 

GLOBAL ACCESSIBILITY

AWARENESS DAY


It is with intentional planning and preparation that we can

remove barriers and make the impossible possible. On May

18th, we recognize Global Accessibility Awareness Day


(GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to continue and propel digital access and inclusion for people of all ages with

disabilities. One billion people worldwide have visual, hearing, motor, and cognitive disabilities. How can technology support individuals with varying disabilities?


  • Software designed for students with dyslexia and other learning disorders who have difficulties with writing.

  • Sip-and-Puff Systems provide the ability to control a device using any part of the mouth, cheek, chin, or tongue to communicate and execute a task.

  • Text-To-Speech Assistive Tools can take words on a computer or other digital devices and convert them into audio.

  • FM Systems and Sound-Field Systems provide improved audibility of the teacher's voice for students with hearing loss.

  • Text Magnification helps people with low vision to engage more easily in activities such as reading standard print, enjoying a hobby, or viewing a presentation.

  • Assistive Listening Systems help facilitate decoding, reading fluency, and comprehension.



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