ELIZABETH– Fourteen Elizabeth Public School teachers were awarded Innovations in Technology Grants at the Board of Education meeting held on Dec. 15. In an effort to stimulate creative use of technology to enhance student learning, the Elizabeth Public Schools instituted a grant awards program for the purchase of hardware or software to support classroom instruction or for professional development opportunities.
In order to be considered for a grant, teachers submitted a detailed grant proposal explaining how technology will fundamentally change the teaching-learning process. Awards range from $500 to $25,000 for the purchase of innovative technology including Star Boards, iPads, Spark data collection systems, environmental software, web-based learning platforms, and recording studio equipment.
Grant monies will be used to enhance teaching and learning in mathematics, language arts, science, social studies, as well as music and special education. Some of the educational technology innovations include the creation of multimedia projects using iPads; implementation of Lego Mindstorm Robotics in middle school; the use of Star Boards for high school honors history and government; and creation of a recording studio lab for high school music students.
“Through these Innovations in Technology Grants, our teachers are being provided with additional resources to extend student learning and enhance students’ academic skills across the curriculum,” commented Superintendent of Schools Pablo Muñoz. “These innovations in education using technology are necessary to our students’ success in an increasingly technological society.”
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