The New York State Education Department has awarded an Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) competitive grant totaling $2.1 million to the Madison-Oneida BOCES and the Mohawk Regional Information Center, in conjunction with three BOCES, 47 school districts and 1 private school throughout the Central and Northern New York regions.
The 2009 EETT Title II, Part D competitive grant was awarded over a three-year period to help districts improve student academic performance in the core subject areas of English language arts, mathematics, science and technology literacy through effective use of technology in the process of teaching and learning. The award will impact 155 schools, and over 72,000 students in grades K-12.
Tracy Rowlands, Assistant Director for Technology at the Mohawk Regional Information Center explains that funding will be used to provide area schools with access to a number of critical technology tools to further expand learning opportunities through online teaching and learning throughout our region. Technology Infusion into Instruction through Professional Development: “Utilizing Web 2.0 Tools to Increase Writing Literacy” provides the following technologies and experiences over the next three years:
- 450 Teacher Leaders will participate in professional development opportunities throughout the year. Activities and resources available will include:
- Annual Summer Tech Camp for continued exploration of best practices by participants.
- Participation in Professional Learning Communities to promote teacher-to-teacher collaboration utilizing Web 2.0 tools to increase writing literacy in their curricular area.
- Use of a MacBook laptop.
- Access to online peer reviewed lessons.
- Access to the Angel Learning Management System as a safe, secure repository for student use of Web 2.0 tools such as Wikis, blogs and collaborative student writing activities.
The districts in our region have a commitment to engaging students in learning and providing opportunities for student success in the 21st century. Technology continues to be a tool that students and teachers embrace and use in their daily lives and their learning. This grant will assist districts in acquiring technology resources and support, through the Mohawk Regional Information Center, that will enhance student learning and quality instruction.