Tuesday, September 4, 2012

STC Project Highlight: Teens Succeeding with Technology TeST

Carl D. Perkins Federal Grant Helps Kids Achieve Transition Success; A FREE Model for Replication

During the 2010-11 school year PACER, Simon TechnologyCenter specialists completed work for The Teens Succeeding with Technology (TeST) Program, funded through a Carl D. Perkins federal grant. This project worked to create an online, replicable model for transition planning. The Simon Technology Center partnered with 14 schools; including alternative school settings and correctional facilities, across Minnesota to pilot and have students evaluate the program. Based on student’s feedback and suggestions an innovative, dynamic video series was created.

The TeST program is a collection of four video trainings; each training incorporates web-based technologies and resources to help high school students with disabilities transition successfully to post-secondary education and careers. The trainings encompass e-mentoring, resource mapping, creation of a personal transition plan, and a virtual college campus tour. Students explore post-secondary options with an emphasis on technical careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. Students also learn about self-disclosure, differences between high school and college, assistive technology and other accommodations that can help them achieve greater academic and personal success.

The Teens Succeeding with Technology program is available online and for no charge by visiting http://www.pacer.org/stc/teenssucceedtech. The training includes 4 main videos in addition to audio podcasts, an introduction to assistive technology series, and more.

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