DUBOIS – Students in the DuBois Area School District will take a step closer to gaining the necessary skills to thrive in a high-tech society thanks to a federal grant.
The school district has been awarded an Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) grant totaling $122,375. The DuBois Area School District was one of 47 school districts to receive funding out of the 111 that submitted proposals for the $9.3 million available.
“The district recognizes the importance of technology as part of our educational program,” DuBois Area School District Superintendent Tim Deluccia said. “Through this competitive grant, teachers will be provided with ongoing professional development to enhance this instructional process for our students.”
Money from the grant will be used to ensure that all DuBois Area Middle School students reach a proficient level on the grade 6-8 performance indicators from the National Educational Technology Standards for Students.
With the grant money, the school district will equip all eighth-grade classrooms with the proper technology to achieve that goal by purchasing 12 electronic interactive white boards, 12 teacher laptops and projectors, 32 classroom responders and 34 student laptops. Part of the money will also be used for professional development as well to properly train teachers on how to use the equipment.
A middle school teacher with extensive technology experience will be used as a full-time professional development facilitator for two semesters. Through EETT, teachers will learn to routinely design, manage and facilitate learning experiences which are aligned to the standards using technology by applying the current research with an emphasis on higher order skills. Using technology, teachers will create project-based learning allowing students to be self-directed and engaged. Projects will be planned and implemented under the direction of the teacher facilitator.
With EETT funds, professional development will include how to dramatically increase student engagement through technology. Currently, only sixth-grade classrooms have electronic interactive white boards installed in each room. The district plans to equip all seventh-grade classrooms with white boards and laptop projectors in the future as well. Hardware purchased with EETT funds will also allow for more availability to computers for students who would not have this availability at home.