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
Vantage Learning presented a $115,200 grant late last month to a Mississippi school district to help improve students' writing skills.
A new Gates Foundation-funded pilot is testing how effective professional development can be when the algebra teacher turns to an online coach in real time for assistance with lessons and classroom management.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
The MIND Research Institute has received a $250,000 grant from the Cisco Foundation to provide its visual math education program, ST Math, to 4,000 students in Arizona.
Yahoo! has partnered with donorschoose.org to launch a program, Homepages for Homerooms, designed to help fund classrooms and teachers.
Global Green USA and Pureology have launched a new competition that will award five schools with funds to implement energy and environmental upgrades on their campuses.