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New Mexico State University to offer MarcoPolo Professional Development Workshop

New Mexico State University will offer MarcoPolo Professional Development Workshops for teachers across New Mexico Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20.

kshops will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in New Mexico State University's O'Donnell Hall, Room 318.

Each one-day workshop will orient teachers of grades K-12 to MarcoPolo, a program that helps integrate technology into the classroom.

MarcoPolo is an online program offering lesson plans in multiple disciplines, based on standards set by the state of New Mexico, links to credible, panel-approved Web sites and search engines that support the research efforts of teachers.

The free program equips teachers with the background and tools needed to instruct others, said Susan Ramirez, MarcoPolo state administrator.

"Everyone who attends the workshop leaves with software equipment for their classroom, as well a World Com MarcoPolo Certificate of Completion and the opportunity to train others if we hold a workshop at their school," Ramirez said.

Multiple MarcoPolo workshops have been held throughout the state since the introduction of the program in 1997.

"The workshops are free, and it's an excellent opportunity to bring technology into the classroom," Ramirez said.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to earn one graduate credit. More information about this option will be available at the workshop.

For more information about the MarcoPolo workshops, call Ramirez at (505) 646-3142.