Seminar Tackles Early Learning Interventions

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At the FETC 2012 National Conference in Orlando, FL Tuesday, Hatch will present a seminar focused on interventions in early learning. Cisco, Google, and Lenovo will each be leading technology solution seminars concurrently.

Dubbed "Bridging the Digital Divide with Early Intervention," the event will tackle the use of technology-based interventions, with a special emphasis on using such interventions in school to bridge the gap between the poorest students and their more affluent peers.

According to Hatch, "More than 50 percent of children from households with annual incomes of less than $30,000 do not have home access to technological resources compared with only 9 percent of their affluent peers. This is one more element compounding the achievement gap in the U.S. today. At the same time, research-based education technology solutions exist that have been proven effective in increasing math and literacy outcomes during the foundational years. Early intervention in a school environment with proven-effective education technology tools can conquer the divide and close the gap for young students."

The interactive workshop will be led by Hatch Early Learning Consultant Connie Cwik and Instructional Technology Specialist Tryna King. It will be held Jan. 24 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in room S230D.

At the same time, three other Technology Solution Seminars will address ways educators have solved problems through the use of technology. These concurrent seminars include:

Impacting Teaching and Learning with Interactive Video, led by Cisco's Lance Ford, education technology specialist, and Greg Mathison, sales business development manager. It will focus on the use of interactive video as an educational tool. The event will be held at 1 p.m. in room S230A.

Lenovo: For Schools Who Do, led by Lenovo's Jason Mooneyham, executive director, public sector, and Sam Morris, education solutions manager. The seminar will see the unveiling of the Lenovo ThinkPad X130e.

Chromebook Classroom, led by Jaime Casap, Google senior education evangelist. Attendees will be able to use a Chromebook during the session as they hear from educators who have already adopted the cloud-centric mobile devices.

Addition details can be found on the FETC Technology Solution Seminars portal.

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