Recently Liz Wong and Danielle Butler, teachers from Gaffney Lane Elementary School were awarded Technology grants from the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation. The grants are designed to help fund projects that advance student success through the innovative use of technology.
The money awarded to Butler will be used to purchase technology to assist students in the classroom. A few example would be a tablet with special software used to allow a student without verbal skills the ability to communicate, or a computer with cutting edge speech-to-text and verbal editing capabilities that would allow a student to write rich stories using their voice.
"Currently technology needed for adaptive situations has to be borrowed from other places and classrooms," said Butler. "The $5000 grant is going to provide a stable batch of laptops and tablets specifically for adaptive use situations, and our students are thrilled."
In her class, Wong uses an iPad based coding application that students use to create programs using a drag-and-drop interface. The $3200 grant awarded to Liz Wong will be used to purchase robotics that helps bring the student programming to life and beyond the screen.
"I was totally excited to learn that not one, but two Gaffney Lane teachers applied for and had been awarded Century Link Technology grants," said Cyndi Borgmeier. "Our teachers want the most for our students and adding more adaptive technologies along with more opportunities for science technology, engineering, and math help push them to new heights."