Texas School for the Deaf Students Showcase Technologies at Texas Capitol Schoolhouse

FOR RELEASE

JANUARY 28, 2019

THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY FROM TEXAS SCHOOLS ON PUBLIC DISPLAY

FOR THE 2019 TEXAS LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Texas School for the Deaf Students Showcase Technologies at Texas Capitol Schoolhouse

Monday, January 28

8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Austin, Texas - January 28, 2019 – Lawmakers, staff and visitors to the state Capitol today are in for a special treat from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) students, among those from districts across the state, are demonstrating the latest technology applications used in Texas school classrooms today.

Thanks to the annual Texas Capitol Schoolhouse event, hosted by the Capitol Schoolhouse Foundation, visitors will experience actual technology-based classes in progress, first hand. Set up and run as regular classrooms, teachers conduct lessons and students demonstrate hands-on, showcasing a variety of unique applications where technology is being utilized in their schools.

This year in the TSD classroom expect to see students demonstrating a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) applications, including coding skills, robotics challenges, video editing and production, and more.

TSD Superintendent, Claire Bugen, says, “The power of technology for TSD students - who are visual learners - cannot be overstated in this digital age.

“Today’s students will face challenges we haven’t yet imagined, take jobs yet to be invented, and toil in a workplace constantly reshaped by the exponential progress of

technology.

“For deaf and hard of hearing students, Bugen adds, mastering skills using technology goes a long way to level the playing field when it comes to having fingertip access to information.

“With technology in TSD classrooms, students are equipped to ask the right questions and seek answers independently, maximizing their potential as life-long learners.”

TSD is participating at the capitol today among districts, including Coleman ISD, Coppell ISD, Deer Park ISD, Denton ISD, New Braunfels ISD, Pasadena ISD, Temple ISD, and Ysleta ISD.

WHAT: Texas Capitol Schoolhouse

WHERE: Texas State Capitol – Basement Rotunda

WHEN: Monday, January 28, 2019

8:00 am – Opening Ceremony – Capitol Basement Rotunda

9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. – Schoolhouse Classrooms in Progress – Capitol Basement Rotunda

After Noon, TBD – Senate Recognition – Senate Chambers

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ABOUT THE TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF (TSD)

The Texas School for the Deaf is the oldest continuously operating public school in Texas. Educating Deaf and Hard of Hearing students of Texas since 1856, the campus also provides outreach and educational resources for students, their families, and professionals in the field throughout the state of Texas. With educational excellence and a strong belief in a culture and community at TSD, students form a unique identity based on their individual strengths and talents, is an environment where they learn, grow, and belong. For more information about the Texas School for the Deaf, visit http://www.tsd.state.tx.us/.

ABOUT THE TEXAS CAPITOL SCHOOLHOUSE

The Texas Capitol Schoolhouse is a legislative event giving students and teachers across Texas the opportunity to showcase how technology is being used to improve public schools. The goal of the event is to provide information for legislators, state leaders, and the general public on how advanced technologies and best practices are improving the way teachers teach and students learn.

CONTACT: Keena Miller

miller@tsd.state.tx.us

Texas School for the Deaf

512-462-5328

c 512-658-4444