UTSA Mobile Go Center visits West Side elementary School Dec. 1

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President Ricardo Romo at UTSA Mobile Go Center dedication

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(Nov. 25, 2009)--The UTSA Mobile Go Center will travel to Las Palmas Elementary School to participate in a community fair on technology and higher education from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 115 Las Palmas Drive on San Antonio's West Side.

The innovative mobile education resource center, funded by an eight-year, $800,000 AT&T Foundation grant, is equipped with Internet accessible computers and high-speed Internet connections and allows families to learn more about the college enrollment process.

UTSA and Northwest Vista College counselors and representatives will assist students and parents to navigate college and university admissions and financial aid requirements.

Additionally, the fair will showcase UTSA's La Clase Magica, an after-school program designed to provide at-risk students with access to technology to succeed in an increasingly competitive job market. The program pairs 20 UTSA education majors with Edgewood Independent School District elementary school students and uses iPhones and Netbooks to serve as teaching tools.

The future instructors will learn how to teach using technology in a classroom environment, and the students will learn how to create videos and presentations using the latest technology.

"One of the goals of the La Clase Magica after-school enrichment program is to provide students with the resources necessary to become global competitors," said Margarita Machado-Casas, UTSA assistant professor of bicultural-bilingual studies. "Today, technology is an essential tool and is no longer a luxury."

The community fair is sponsored by the UTSA College of Education and Human Development's Academy for Teacher Excellence and the Office of P-20 Initiatives. Collaborating partners include the Edgewood Independent School District, Making Connections and the community agencies of the Neighborhood Place.

Part of the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, the Academy for Teacher Excellence was established as a hub for school districts, community colleges and UTSA to collaboratively research, design, implement and evaluate educational programs that address emerging statewide and local educational issues associated with a growing diverse student population. A major focus is the implementation of a Title V Hispanic-serving institutions grant to utilize resources in the community to better prepare teachers in classrooms with diverse student populations.

For more information, call 210-458-6170 or visit the UTSA Academy for Teacher Excellence Web site.