“We are very pleased to be a part of providing innovative technology in the classroom that enhances the learning experience for students in these schools,” said Larry Walters, CenturyLink vice president and general manager for Utah. “It is exciting to see teachers implement creative teaching techniques that assist students in hands-on learning.”
More than 238 teachers applied for grants statewide, with 27 winners selected by a review committee comprised of community members and a CenturyLink representative. The winning teachers’ schools each received a grant to be used by the teachers to purchase technology to benefit students in the classroom:
• Horizon Elementary in Washington was awarded $2,500 to spend towards the purchase of a SMART interactive table in the classroom. That technology will provide students the opportunity to engage and interact in a collaborative manner as they practice skills taught through discovery. Teacher Andrea Angona submitted the project.
• Sunrise Ridge Intermediate in St. George was awarded approximately $7,000 for three grants:
1) Poetry Meets Art - $2,492 for the purchase of five iPads to challenge and engage students in creating poetry and art. Teacher Julie Green submitted the project.
2) Fit Kids with Fitbit - $1,993 for the purchase of 35 Fitbit Wireless Activity Trackers which will enable teachers to gain activity information from students that includes distance, steps, and caloric intake. Teacher Doug Jenson submitted the project.
3) Student Independently Generated News Applied Learning - $2,500 for the purchase of an iMac, software, and video camera to help 6th grade Language Arts/Social Studies teachers implement common core skills utilizing high-interest, relevant content. Teacher Christa Write submitted the project.
• Santa Clara Elementary in Santa Clara was awarded $2,260 to purchase seven iPad Minis to be be used by students to get information about insects. Teacher Marty Clayton submitted the proposal.
• Bloomington Elementary in St. George was awarded $2,400 to purchase several Chromebook computers to be used as research tools for students. Susan Anderson submitted the project.
About the CenturyLink Foundation
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