Tech KIDS UNLIMITED
SUMMER WORKSHOPS @ Pace University
For Students with Differences (ASD, ADD, ADHD, OCD, etc.)
JULY 15-19 & 22-27, 2013
Weekly Workshop Schedule / 10 am - 4 pm, Monday-Friday, ages 9-17
Sign up for 1 week, or all 4!
WEEK 1: 7/8 - 7/12: Sound, Special Effects & Audio Engineering @ NYU-Polytechnic Institute in Downtown Brooklyn
WEEK 2: 7/15 - 7/19: Animations @ Pace University in Lower Manhattan
WEEK 3: 7/22 - 7/27: Mobile Apps @ Pace University in Lower Manhattan
WEEK 4: 7/29 - 8/2: Board & Digital Games @ The JCC in Manhattan (UWS)
Technology seems to occupy an intuitive space for many students with significant challenges. Special needs students do not need to just be consumers of technology they can also be producers.
How can we teach digital natives who may be exceptional exhibiting pockets of talents and extra-ordinary in unusual ways to be the technological producers of tomorrow?
There is a soft bigotry of special needs students’ skills that has been become common in our educational system. Less than half of students with disabilities graduate from high school and even less are privy to meaningful jobs other than typical mailroom/Guy Friday type of positions. While Dustin Hoffman’s RAIN MAN depicted a man deeply affected by his severe autism, unfortunately, in today’s society special needs students are still confronted with biases, prejudice and lack of opportunities. Most people seek a life that is valued, purposeful and contributes to the lives of others. Such opportunities are often denied when a person has a disability. It’s clear that through digital technology, students can learn the necessary and valued skills to compete in the 21st century
Tech Kids Unlimited is influenced by media theorist Douglas Rushkoff’s 2010 book, Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age. He states: In the emerging highly programmed landscape ahead, you will either create the software or you will be the software, It’s really that simple: Program, or be programmed. Choose the former, and you gain access to the control panel of civilization. Choose the latter and it could the last real choice you get to make.
*To expose special needs students to technology learning that they have not had in the classroom; this includes software like Photoshop, Illustrator, IMovie, GarageBand, gamesalad, Podcasting, computer programming languages, physical computing and an introduction to careers in computer science/technology
*To give special needs students the opportunity to work on their talents and passion for technology in a nurturing and enriching environment
*For special needs students to become technology insiders as opposed to being viewed as outsiders
- Maximum number of students to be accepted: no more than 13.
- 2:1 student to instructor ratio
- Experienced teachers, guest lecturers by people in the tech field, free time to experiment with technology, field trips, socializing & more!
- Social worker on hand for weeks 1-3 to assist with social and emotional skill strategies
- Cost Total: $485 per week (limited number of financial aid scholarships available).
Website (launching soon): techkidsunlimited.org
TKU student videos on Vimeo at: www.vimeo.com/techkidsunlimited
For more information on the program and registration, please contact Beth Rosenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org