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Teachers receive technology training at NMSU workshop

Eighty-three New Mexico educators, the majority of them public school teachers, gathered June 1-3 at New Mexico State University for Train the Trainers Summer Institute, a workshop where teachers learn the benefits of incorporating technology into class curriculum.



Among those receiving technology training at NMSU's Train the Trainers Summer Institute are Las Cruces area educators top, left to right: Michelle Lewis, Barbara Kuhns, Kathrine M. Graham, Carl Bogardus, Marjorie Sharp, Sandra Lee, Manny Bustamante, Shar

The workshop was for members of the Regional Educational Technology Assistance (RETA) program, which is based at NMSU. Participants go on to train other teachers and administrators throughout the state.

The participants from the Las Cruces area were: Sharon Benson, Manny Bustamante, Shirley Davis, Lorena Garcia, Kalle Jorgensen, Barbara Kuhns, Sandra Lee, Marjorie Sharp, Susan Smith, Jenny Villa, NMSU educators Elatunbi Adeogba, Gabriela Alaniz, Bethany Bovard, Susan Bussmann, Kathrine M. Graham and Linda Pickett; Chaparral Middle School teacher Carl Bogardus; Hatch Elementary School teacher Cheryl J. Cox; Sierra Middle School teachers Julia Parra and Cissy Lujan-Pincomb; Gadsden Middle School teacher Michelle Lewis; Hillrise Elementary School teacher Marcy Oxford and Mayfield High School teacher Sherry Roeser.

The three-day workshop offered sessions on construction of knowledge, Internet problem solving, active learning environments and collaborative decision making. Participants use the Internet, digital cameras, geographic information systems and other electronic resources.

The RETA program reaches 89 public school districts, several schools with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs and various private schools in New Mexico. To coordinate RETA's statewide effort, five regional centers were established at Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico Highlands University, Northern New Mexico Community College, Santa Fe Community College and Western New Mexico University.

New Mexico's RETA program is funded by an $8.7 million U.S. Department of Education Technology Innovation Challenge Grant. Administered by NMSU and the Gadsden School District, the five- year grant was one of 20 awarded nationally in 1998.

For more information call Carmen Gonzales, RETA project director, at (505) 646-1650 or Susan Bussmann, RETA project coordinator, at (505) 646-5224.

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CUTLINE: Among those receiving technology training at NMSU's Train the Trainers Summer Institute are Las Cruces area educators top, left to right: Michelle Lewis, Barbara Kuhns, Kathrine M. Graham, Carl Bogardus, Marjorie Sharp, Sandra Lee, Manny Bustamante, Sharon Benson, Marcy Oxford and Jenny Villa; bottom, left to right: Kalle Jorgensen, Elatunbi Adeogba, Cissy Lujan- Pincomb, Sherry Roeser, Lorena Garcia, Shirley Davis, Susan Smith and Julia Parra. Not pictured is Gabriela Alaniz, Bethany Bovard, Susan Bussmann and Cheryl J. Cox. (NMSU photo by Deja Cloud)

Sarah Lautman
July 28, 2000