Iowa Schools Receive $50,000 in Technology Grants

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The Iowa School Board, in conjunction with the Qwest Foundation, announced that four Iowa schools have been awarded a combined $50,000 from the 2007 Qwest Teachers and Technology grant. The grant program is designed to award public school teachers who improve their students' learning experience with inventive uses of technology.

"The Iowa Qwest Foundation has always been supportive of Iowa schools. Their primary objective is to make a positive difference for Iowa kids, and they came to us to facilitate the grating process," said Mary Delagardelle, Iowa School Board director, in a prepared statement. "Both of our organizations hold the goal of excellence in education in high esteem."

The School Board and Grant Foundation chose from 30 entrants. Winning proposals include:

  • Animation and Game Design in the High School from Waukon Senior High school, designed to use animation and game design curriculum for students to create entertainment and advertisement media;
  • Entrepreneurship and eCommerce through Technology and Applied Botany from eSEAL (eSigorney Entrepreneurial Academy for Leadership), designed to use botany courses and entrepreneurial concepts for students to create and run a nursery business;
  • The Great Energy Quest: The Future is in our Hands from Waverly-Shell Rock Elementary School, designed for students to understand energy consumption and conservation in their community using the internet; and
  • TI Navigator/Ti-73 Project from West Delaware Middle School, designed to improve mathematics by allowing teachers to send student assignments to their graphing calculators.

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