Hoxie awarded technology grant

Hoxie teachers and grant committee members Kim Scarbrough (left) and Amanda Herring show some of the equipment purchased through an Enhancing Education Through Technology Grant.
The Hoxie School District has been awarded an Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) Grant, which provided over $111,000 worth of equipment and professional development for teachers throughout the district.

Amanda Herring, high school science teacher; Susie Jones, high school library media specialist; Kim Scarbrough, high school math teacher; and Suzanne Allen, federal programs coordinator; worked together to write the grant and present it to the committee for approval.

They will also continue to work together to implement the equipment and professional development funded through the grant. EETT grants are designed to improve student achievement through the use of technology, to assist every student in becoming technologically literate by the end of the eighth grade and to encourage the effective integration of technology.

Equipment purchased through this grant includes 50 wireless SMART slates, 15 Flip Video Cameras and eight LabQuests with probeware, sensors and manuals. Additional Flip Cameras and LabQuests were also purchased with federal stimulus money to add more equipment to the plan.

The wireless SMART slates will work with the existing interactive SMARTBoards already in place in most classrooms throughout the district. These slates allow students and teachers to interact with the lesson, and each other, from around the classroom. Flip Video Cameras can be used by students to film video footage for projects in all subjects and grade levels throughout the school. A unique feature of the Flip Video Camera is the ability to retrieve still digital pictures from the video footage.

LabQuests are hand-held, portable data collection and analysis tools that will be used in math and science classes to investigate properties of science and relationships between math and science skills. Students will have the ability to remain in the classroom or go outside to collect, analyze and manipulate data.

Hoxie School has also partnered with the NEA Rural Institute for Math and Science Education to provide professional development on the new equipment over the next two years for K-12 teachers. This on-going training will include proper use of the technology, incorporating the tools into the curriculum and engaging students in the use of those tools to maximize student achievement.

It will be part of a systemic change in the classrooms for all teachers on infusing new and existing technology. This professional development will also include teachers working together across subjects and grade levels.

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