CenturyLink recently awarded a $5,000 Mobile Technology grant to the May Street Elementary technology integration team. The team, led by Lenny Bunting, fifth-grade teacher at May Street, includes Kate Getchis, second-grade teacher and Heather Clark, first-grade teacher. The team will be implementing the grant over the next school year.
Last year, May Street Elementary School purchased 88 iPads for use in classrooms. Following that purchase, the technology integration team at May Street wrote their grant application around the goal to integrate these iPads into all classrooms throughout the school.
The team attended the Organization for Educational Technology and Curriculum conference in Portland earlier this year to learn more about ways teachers are integrating technology into instruction in the classroom.
The team will also be meeting with teachers throughout the school to listen to what their instructional needs are around integrating iPads into current curriculum, and will be going out and observing other teachers both in the district and outside of the district, to learn new ways to integrate the iPads into the classroom.
The goal is to develop strategies and lessons for implementation into the classroom and members of the team plan to spend time in peer classrooms modeling integrated lessons and providing coaching to colleagues.
The team is focused on providing teachers with a deeper understanding of the iPad as a teaching tool as well as expanding the number of teachers who can use this technology in their classroom.
Representatives from CenturyLink attended the school board meeting May 14 to present Bunting with the award.