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Tech grants to help upgrade schools

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Jason Smathers
August 6, 2010
— Several Rock, Walworth and Green County school districts Thursday were awarded thousands of dollars in federal grants designed to integrate education technology into classrooms.

Wisconsin recently received $1.3 million in federal funding through the Enhancing Education through Technology program, which seeks to increase technological literacy and teaching tools in public schools.


The grants target school districts with a high percentage of families below the poverty line and a substantial need for assistance in acquiring educational technology. The $1.3 million was divided among 225 school districtís including 11 in Rock, Green and Walworth counties.


The Janesville School District was allocated $40,000 by the Department of Public Instruction for an education technology symposium of eighth-grade teachers. The teachers will learn several strategies for using education technology tools and vocabulary in their science and communication arts classes.


Another $36,000 will go to Albany, Brodhead, Clinton, Evansville, Juda, Parkview and Milton districts for similar professional development for elementary teachers and district administrators.


Lake Geneva and Beloit Turner school districts, along with 10 other school districts, will receive part of a $75,000 allocation to create technology-learning activities designed to enhance classroom education.



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