“As school budgets tighten, more and more teachers are looking for alternative ways to enhance the learning experience for their students, and the CenturyLink Teachers and Technology program is available to these innovative teachers,” said Nate Marcotte, CenturyLink vice president and general manager for Greater Utah. “CenturyLink’s vision is to improve people’s lives by delivering advanced technologies, and we are proud to work with the Utah State Office of Education to give support directly to teachers doing the same thing for their students.”
In the 2013 program, a third-party review committee, including representatives from the Utah State Office of Education, identified the 23 grantees out of almost 285 applications received. Of the 23 grants awarded, 5 teachers in Southern Utah received the funds for their grant requests.
The teachers will use the funds to purchase technology with which to engage students and supplement their curriculum:
Lolene Gifford, a teacher at Hurricane Intermediate School in the Washington School District, asked for iPad devices to create news online, a program called We're Online! Hurricane Intermediate News.
Todd Sparks, a teacher at Desert Hills Middle School in the Washington School District, submitted a request for a Makerbot 3D printer that will open the door to the next generation of imagination.
Sherman Howard, a teacher at Hurricane Intermediate School, will purchase technology for the students to learn about alternative solar energy.
Amy Werrett, a teacher at Three Falls Elementary School in the Washington School District, submitted a grant request to purchase iPads for speech and language skills improvement.
Shawn Carter, a teacher at Vista Charter School in Ivins, will purchase technology to support a program called “Know Your Heart” to monitor a healthy heart for a healthy life.