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NEISD earns grant, puts technology into students' hands

North East ISD was recently awarded a $124,722 Technology Lending Program grant from the Region 10 Education Service Center, on behalf of the Texas Education Agency. The grant will fund the district’s Taking Elementary Classrooms Home (TECH) project to allow third- and fourth-grade students at Olmos Elementary and Clear Spring Elementary to check-out iPads to practice math skills away from school. Participating classroom teachers will provide a recommendation for at-home work using iPads based on the individual academic needs of students. Students will be expected to access the instructional materials as well as show proof of use. As a result, this project will allow teachers to individualize learning and extend classroom instruction by directing students to specific electronic math homework.

"While technology cannot replace excellent teaching, it can enrich the learning experience for students," said Tom Johnson, senior director of technology services. "The TECH project will allow the district to expand its reach by providing students' with virtual enrichment and tutoring activities through mobile devices outside of the classroom."

All grade levels and subjects in NEISD are using digital content, such as streaming videos, multimedia lessons, online instruction, teacher/student web logs (Blogs and Wikis) and numerous computer software. Additionally, the Instructional Technology Department has provided recommended applications for elementary, middle and high schools and K-5 Integration Resources that include electronic resources organized by the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.

NEISD currently has approximately 3,000 mobile devices available for student use, mainly in the classroom. These were primarily purchased with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

NEISD earns grant, puts technology into students' hands

Posted on September 4, 2012