Above & Beyond
Career Tech Center innovates to support students during pandemic
Staff and students at the Newaygo County Career Tech Center (CTC) have innovated two
prototypes to help students learn during the pandemic.
The pocket document camera is a creative low-cost solution to increase engagement during virtual teaching and learning sessions. The pocket document camera can reverse any laptop camera so the teacher in the classroom can see live what a virtual learner is writing.
This low-tech, low-cost tool using CTC's 3D printer to design the plastic mold and 2x2 inch mirror for approximately $1.00 per device, was recreated by Jonathan Tuuk, Career-Tech Center Mechanical Engineering Instructor, in partnership with Alexis Orford, NC RESA Assistive Technology Consultant. Career Tech staff and students also fabricated plexiglass partitions for students at the Education and Activity Center who are unable to wear a mask. The partitions keep students and staff safe when social distancing is not possible.
“I am so impressed with our NC RESA team who have gone above and beyond to meet the needs of students during a very challenging time,” said NC RESA Superintendent Dr. Lori Tubbergen Clark. “Every school staff member deserves recognition, especially during these trying times, and it’s an honor to share two of many stories that are positively impacting students.”
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