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Wyoming Teachers Look To Boost Effectiveness of Assistive Technologies

Some teachers in Wyoming are learning how to better use assistive technologies thanks to a new program launched by the University of Wyoming's (UW) Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND).

Dubbed Echo-University of Wyoming (Echo-UW), the initiative builds on the University of New Mexico's Project Echo by focusing on "the use of technology to leverage scarce resources; improving outcomes by reducing variations in care and sharing 'best practices'; case-based learning; and monitoring of outcomes," according to a UW news release.

The program will feature Friday meetings throughout May for nine educators who are members of WIND's Professional Learning Community in Assistive Technology. At the sessions, "Echo-UW will provide training in assistive technology and will facilitate student case presentations by educators for mentoring and co-management with the assistive technology experts," according to information released by the university.

Participants and their districts include:

"Once data collected from the pilot project has been analyzed and used for program improvement, ECHO-UW will be expanded in September to include additional educators from around the state," said Sandy Root-Elledge, WIND associate director, in a prepared statement.

More information is available at uwyo.edu.

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