CenturyLink offers $50,000 in grants to teachers

CenturyLink, Inc.in partnership with the Idaho State Department Of Education, is connecting teachers with technology for the classroom. The CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program, administered by the Idaho State Department of Education, opened the application process for teachers in CenturyLink’s local service areas who want to innovatively implement technology in their classrooms to increase student achievement.

To learn more about the program or to apply for a grant, visit http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/tech_services/grants_contracts.htm.  The deadline for applications is Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2014.

Here’s the story of one local, past recipient of a technology grant:

Kellie Taylor, a teacher at Galileo STEM Academy in Eagle, applied for a grant in the spring of 2013 to purchase laptops and robotic kits that students can use to work collaboratively in pairs.

“The CenturyLink Grant provided my 90 fifth grade students the opportunity to research problems with recycling, develop a solution, and then create a new invention for the solution using the LEGO Mindstorms robotics kits and laptops,” said Taylor.  “The students worked on programming during the previous school year, but have been very excited to see the real world applications robotics can demonstrate and the designs they can put into use with the additional robotics kits.  Due to the additional kits and the laptops, students can work in smaller groups and prepare presentations on their invention and the process involved in developing a new concept.  The 90 4th graders are excited to use the kits to demonstrate power transfer. The 89 third graders will be using the kits in the spring to develop a motorized “Rube Goldberg” machine. ”

CenturyLink service is neither required nor considered in the review of applications.

The Foundation will award more than $1.4 million in grants to support technology in the classroom through the 2013-2014 Teachers and Technology program.



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