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Teachers wanting to enhance technology skills may apply for RETA program

New Mexico teachers wanting to enhance their technology skills may apply for a free series of workshops through the Regional Educational Technology Assistance (RETA) program at New Mexico State University.

Saturday sessions planned throughout the academic year, teachers will learn various software applications and how to apply them directly to instructional strategies. The workshops will not require a lot of traveling, as the instructors will come to the participating teachers. Space is limited so applications to participate in the program are due by Oct. 1.

Some benefits of participation include a stipend, free software and the opportunity to apply for three hours of graduate credit at a cost of only $100.

"This is not a conventional how-to training, but rather a series of interactive and collaborative workshops," said Carmen Gonzales, project director. "As always in the RETA workshops you will have fun with technology while experiencing first-hand how technology can be applied to the learning environment in useful, productive and interesting ways."

This year workshop topics will focus on online teaching and learning, with instruction on Web page development, curriculum and animation.

The RETA program is funded by a five-year $8.7 million U.S. Department of Education Technology Innovation Challenge Grant. RETA is administered by New Mexico State University and the Gadsden Independent School District.

To learn more about the program and to access the online application, visit the RETA Web site at http://reta.nmsu.edu. Interested teachers also may call toll free at 1-877-999-7382 or in the Las Cruces area, (505) 646-8231.