Tuesday, March 11, 2008

EETT Grant Brings More Technology to KHS

We were pleasantly surprised to learn recently that KHS will receive Year 2 funding for our EETT (Enhancing Education Through Technology) grant. This federal money is being used to ensure that our students are "technologically literate" by No Child Left Behind standards by the time they leave the 8th grade. Last year's funding ($14,550) was used for technology staff development for the 7th and 8th grade teachers as well as for related software and projection systems for their classrooms.

Year 2 funds of $30,000 will be used to purchase an online technology literacy assessment tool, which will be administered to our 7th and 8th graders. We are required to report the data from that assessment to the PA Department of Education. Also, we will spend at least 25% of the funds on additional technology staff development for the junior high teachers and will purchase interactive whiteboards for their classrooms. We will also buy access points for the junior high wing to give us wireless network connectivity in that end of the building.

The EETT grant, along with our Classrooms for the Future grant, has allowed us to provide intensive staff development and equip core subject area classrooms in Grades 7-10 with tools to help us meet the learning styles of our 21st Century students. We're hopeful that next year's CFF grant will provide projection systems and interactive whiteboards for our junior and senior classrooms as well.

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