Apple Grants Support Teacher Training Efforts

Apple Computer has awarded grants to 10 K-12 schools and 10 teaching institutions nationwide that have collaborated to improve learning through technology. The grants are valued at approximately $1 million (total) in equipment and training.

"This year we are delighted by the creative and diverse ways in which schools plan to use computers as tools for learning both inside and outside of the classroom," commented Don Zundel, program manager for Apple Education Grants.

For instance, students at Wendler Middle School in Anchorage, Alaska, will serve as the "community relations department" for the local Special Olympics, writing press releases, taking photographs and arranging interviews with athletes. Pre-service teachers from the University of Alaska will mentor the students.

Across the country, students at Green Bank Elementary-Middle School in Green Bank, W. Va., will work with forest rangers and wildlife biologists from the National Forest Service to learn about the relationship between trees and people. Theyíll also explore scientific topics with researchers from the nearby National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

Five educators from each partnership attended an Apple-hosted professional development retreat for one week this summer. Depending on the project, Apple provided recipients with desktop computers, notebooks, servers, digital cameras, printers and/or scanners. Apple Computer, Inc., Cupertino, CA, (800) 800-APPL, education.apple.com/.

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This article originally appeared in the 09/01/1997 issue of THE Journal.

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