Nearly $3 million in grants will help underserved students gain access to technology in an effort to bridge the digital divide in America.
- By Mike Hohenbrink
Samsung has launched its second annual Solve for Tomorrow video competition, part of the company's Hope for Children philanthropic initiative, with more than $1 million in prizes for the winning teachers and students.
The United States Department of Education and the White House formally kicked off a new national center Friday whose aim is to identify, test, and help bring to market promising education technologies. The National Science Foundation was also on hand to announce first-round funding in a separate but complementary program designed to support the development of new learning technologies.
As part of its Education Donation Program, launched this month, NetApp will donate approximately 1,800 NetApp FAS3100 storage systems to education organizations throughout the United States.
Monarch Teaching Technologies will accept applications for its Second Annual Visual Learning 2011 TechGrant program until Oct. 5. Total value of the awards is more than $160,000.
A district in Missouri that received an anonymous $500,000 donation in May specifically for instructional technology will be spending $75,000 of that to add digital books to its school libraries. Wentzville School District, which has about 12,500 students in 15 K-12 schools, will also be deploying about two dozen tablets at each school.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
CDW Government (CDW-G) and Discovery Education have selected 43 winners in the 2011 Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes.
Applications for the 2012 Vernier/NSTA Technology Award program are now being accepted. Sponsored by the National Science Teachers Association and Vernier Software and Technology, the program awards cash, technology, and travel funds for science teachers who demonstrate innovation in inquiry-based learning activities involving data collection.
The 2012 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is now accepting submissions. The competition calls on students in kindergarten through high school to develop environmental solutions for their schools, homes, and communities for a chance to win prizes for themselves and grants for their schools.
Up until last summer, Jackson-Steele Elementary School was in the dark ages when it came to information technology. Serving 225 students in a community where the average per capita income is about $21,000, the Hayneville, AL, school had little current technology and little IT budget to do anything about it....
- By Bridget McCrea