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  • One-hour Google Workshops

    Sep 30, 2016

    The Instructional Technology Team is excited to announce a free series of one-hour Google Workshops to be held at the CAIU offices in Enola.

    Register for one or all of the workshops on 48CARATS.

    Google Docs (Scott Snyder, facilitator)
    Get friendly with Google’s word processing application and how you can use it to easily create documents, collaborate on those documents, and share the documents with people in your world.  

    10/13/2016
    10:15-11:15 a.m.
    Meadow Room

    OR

    11/1/2016
    8:30-9:30 a.m.
    Board Room

    Google Chrome Browser (Karen Ditzler, facilitator)
    Chrome is a fast, simple, and secure web browser with many features to allow you to be more effective and efficient. Join us to explore Chrome and the extensions and apps that you can use to get more out of the device you currently have as well as how they help to support your instruction. We will take time to browse the Chrome Web Store to find tools that will be useful.

    10/11/2016
    8:30-9:30 a.m.   
    Friendship Room

    OR

    11/8/2016
    12:30-1:30 p.m.     
    Juniata Room

    Google Slides (Kelly Fortney, facilitator)
    This session is designed to introduce you to a whole new world of Powerpoint presentations!  Google Slides has everything you need to pull a presentation together without ever having to hit “save.”  You can create, edit, collaborate, and present from anywhere, on any device.  Plus, you can open and edit other presentations without any special software.  

    10/13/2016
    9-10 a.m. 
    Meadow Room

    OR 

    11/14/2016
    9-10 a.m.     
    Friendship Room

    Google Drive (Scott Snyder, facilitator)
    Google Drive is your home for all your Google Drive files. In this one-hour session, learn how to create, organize, and find all file types.

    10/21/2016
    8:30- 9:30 a.m.
    Juniata Room

    OR 

    11/4/2016
    1:30-2:30 p.m.   
    Friendship Room

    Google Sheets and Google Analytics (Sarah Kelly, facilitator)
    The first 45 minutes of this session will be dedicated to Google Sheets.  Participants will learn the menu, basic functions, pre-made templates, and how to use Sheets in the classroom or for personal applications.  The last 15 minutes of the session will include Google Analytics, a platform that lets you track user activity on a website or mobile application. One can see what user activity looks like and make key decisions based on that information. 

    10/24/2016
    8:30-9:30 a.m.        
    Friendship Room

    OR

    11/16/2016
    1-2 p.m.   
    Juniata Room

    Google Forms (Karen Ditzler, facilitator)
    Join us to learn about how you can use Google Forms in a variety of ways. Forms is an easy way to give a poll or survey, quiz students or collect other information. The results are easily accessible and reports give you valuable information. We will explore how to create, share, and manage Google Forms. 

    10/26/2016
    1:30- 2:30 p.m.     
    Friendship Room

    OR 

    11/17/2016
    9-10 a.m.       
    Friendship Room

  • Assistive Technology in the Classroom October 18

    Sep 23, 2016

    The CAIU will be hosting a full-day event exploring the use of assistive technology to help support struggling students. These options are readily available to educators utilizing built-in accessibility features on current operating systems, as well as a range of apps, programs, and extensions to support students.

    Participants should bring laptops and iPads to the training and would benefit from having the Google Chrome browser installed on their device and an established Google account prior to the session.

    Who should attend: Regular and special educators, and related service providers
    Date: October 18, 2016
    Time: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    Location: Capital Area Intermediate Unit, 55 Miller St., Enola, 17025
    Cost: No cost
    Act 48 credits: 6
    Register: http://48carats.caiu.org

  • Experience Dyslexia, A Simulation November 15

    Sep 23, 2016

    The CAIU will be hosting Experience Dyslexia, A Simulation, a full-day event to help educators enhance their understanding of dyslexia and learn strategies for accommodation from an experienced panel of volunteers from the Pennsylvania Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.  

    The first half of the day will be focused on helping educators develop a better understanding of students with dyslexia and other reading and writing disabilities. Performance indicators and behaviors that students with dyslexia and other SLDs exhibit in the classroom will be discussed, as will strategies for accommodating needs and differentiating instruction. The session will include an overview of readily available assistive technologies.

    During the second half of the day, participants will be engaged in six simulated activities which mimic the experiences and processing of those with learning disabilities.

    The day wraps up with a Q & A session with an experienced panel of volunteers from the Pennsylvania Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.

    Who should attend: Regular and special educators, reading specialists, and speech/language pathologists
    Date: November 15, 2016
    Time: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    Location: Capital Area Intermediate Unit, 55 Miller St., Enola, 17025
    Cost: $31, lunch is included
    Act 48 credits: 6
    Register: http://48carats.caiu.org
    Questions about registration: lrogers@caiu.org

  • Google Technical Admin Boot Camp October 14

    Sep 16, 2016
    The CAIU will host a Google Technical Admin Boot Camp on October 14, 2016, in collaboration with Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13 and Lincoln IU 12. This event is designed for district IT directors and administrators who want a better understanding of the management tools and features of Google Apps for Education, Chromebooks and Android tablets. 

    This is a full-day workshop that includes breakfast and lunch. Participants can earn five Act 48 hours.

    Audience: Administrators and IT Staff responsible for providing technical services to the school community. 

    Cost: $149 per person

    Location: CAIU, 55 Miller Street, Enola, PA 17025

    Registration: https://goo.gl/W5Fvwb

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  • Google Apps for Ed Support Staff Boot Camp October 25

    Sep 16, 2016
    The CAIU will host a Google Apps for Ed Support Staff Boot Camp on October 25, 2016, in collaboration with Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13 and Lincoln IU 12. This event is designed for district staff members who want a better understanding of the management tools and features of Google Apps for Education.

    Audience: administrative assistants, secretaries, school or central/business office staff, classroom or school aides, and other support staff.

    Cost: $99 per person (bring 3 participants from your district and receive on free admission)

    Location: CAIU, 55 Miller Street, Enola, PA 17025

    Registration: https://goo.gl/W5Fvwb

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  • Fall 2016 Sign Language Classes

    Aug 29, 2016
    UPDATE 9/15/16: Sign Language Classes have been cancelled due to low registration.

    Registration is open for Level 1 Sign Language Classes which are scheduled on Tuesdays from 6-8:00pm, September 20 to November 8, 2016.

    This is a beginner class - no previous experience with sign language is needed. The course will include ABC's and numbers, basic vocabulary, light conversation and an introduction to Deaf Culture.

    To view the brochure please Click Here
  • First Penn State Health Project SEARCH Participants to Graduate

    May 31, 2016
    The Capital Area Intermediate Unit is happy to announce the graduation of its first group of students in the Penn State Health Project SEARCH High School Transition program. The graduation ceremony will be held on June 7, at 6:30 p.m., at Junker Auditorium at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey.

    The CAIU, in partnership with the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine, and the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, established the program at on the Penn State Health campus in Hershey to provide students with disabilities in their senior year of high school the opportunity to gain skills to succeed in the workplace. Five students participated in the program and will be graduating on June 7.

    The Penn State Health Project SEARCH High School Transition Program features a unique, business-led, school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Each student experiences total workplace immersion on the Penn State Health campus. The program includes a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and relevant job-skills training through strategically designed internships. The goal for each student is competitive employment after graduation.

    Project SEARCH was developed at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 1996. Since its inception, it has grown from a single site to over 300 sites across the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland and Australia. Project SEARCH’s primary objective is to secure competitive employment for people with disabilities.

    Learn more about the Penn State Health Project Search program at caiu.org/families/school-age/class-placement-services/project-search.

  • Request for Proposal: Tinker Expo

    May 27, 2016

    If you are an educator or part of an organization or business and you love to tinker and are inspired by maker-movement products such as 3D printers, Raspberry Pi, Makey-Makeys, Breakout boxes, and Ozibots, why not share your knowledge and passion with the local education community? Request for proposals to showcase products and projects at the first Capital Area Intermediate Unit Tinker Expo is open!

    The Tinker Expo will be held on Wednesday, October 5, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., at the CAIU. It will be a true makerspace where educators, administrators, and organizations can gather to create, invent, and learn together. Participants will have the opportunity to get hands-on with 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies, tools, and more.  

    The Tinker Expo will feature the latest in maker-movement inspired products and projects organized in five zones:

    • Discover
    • Encounter
    • Invent
    • Thrive
    • Innovate

    The day will be full of opportunities for conversations with educators and organizations to inspire attendees to become an innovative practitioner. Be a part of this fun, engaging, and exciting day! If you are interested in participating or showcasing a tinker space, please complete the form at the link below by July 8, 2016.

    http://tinyurl.com/TinkerProposal

    For more information, contact nmiller@caiu.org.

  • Robert Weezorak, an Educational Consultant with the CAIU Wins Thomas W. Holtzman, Jr. Leadership Award

    May 11, 2016

    The Capital Area Intermediate Unit is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015/2016 Thomas W. Holtzman, Jr. Leadership Award is Robert Weezorak, an educational consultant for the preschool program at the CAIU. Weezorak has worked with the CAIU since 1980 and has served as a school-age teacher in residential care centers and classrooms and has served as a master teacher, then educational consultant, for various classes in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry counties.

    The Holtzman Award is given annually to a teacher who is recognized as a leader in public education and the community; exceeds their professional requirements; and earns the respect of students, parents and colleagues. Weezorak will be presented with the award at the CAIU board meeting on May 26.

    Congratulations, Mr. Weezorak!

    Here are a few quotes from Mr. Weezorak’s letter of recommendation and application:

    “…one teacher noted, ‘He is always here—even when he shouldn’t be.’ When he supports new teachers, often he stops by class in the morning before class or after class is finished as the teacher is occupied with students all day.  Much of his support involves after school time. Another teacher said, ‘I don’t think I could have survived as a new teacher without his help and encouragement.’” 

    "One of the most sincere acts of kindness was observed when [Robert Weezorak] was seen comforting a student’s father who just lost his wife. The family struggled financially and he spent hours gathering information from the family and funeral director. He wrote a proposal requesting financial resources to a nationally growing campaign adopted by local organizations, institutions, and businesses so the family could move forward with the funeral arrangements. He was successful in his efforts and the father of the student who lost his wife was so grateful for his act of kindness."

    “Most importantly, the children light up when they see [Robert] enter a room and he is often the ‘highly preferred’ adult that the children seem to cling to.”

     

  • CAEA Announces 2015-2016 Scholarship Recipient

    May 09, 2016

    The Capital Area Education Association is pleased to announce that the 2015-2016 scholarship recipient is Caitlyn Padgett, a senior from Carlisle High School. Caitlyn will receive a $500 scholarship to Seton Hill University. While at Seton Hill University, she will pursue a career in special education and elementary education.

    Thanks to the CAEA members who served on the 2015-2016 scholarship committee: Monica Edwards, Janelle Paul, Nancy Maust, Susan Brussese, Emily Sidelinger, Jill Bradley, and Patricia Benner.