$55 million from New York Department of Education
For the federal Technology Literacy Challenge Fund program, nearly $55 million to 43 consortia of New York public and private schools, community organizations, and regional education centers. The state education department chose to award the money from the 1997 and 1998 fiscal years together at the end of the 1997-98 school year. New York received about $17 million in fiscal year 1997 and roughly $38 million in 1998.
$12 million in new equipment from Smart Valley Inc.
For the SmartSchools PC Day project, 6,000 new Pentium II-based computers to more than 800 California teachers. The project’s goal is to reward innovative teachers with state-of-the-art technology, seeding schools with examples for other teachers and community members to follow. Winning teachers received a computer for themselves and one for each five students in their class, plus free software and training. Intel Corp. supplied the processors and motherboards for the machines.
$7.2 million from U.S. Department of Education
For the Magnet Schools Assistance program, $7.2 million to St. Louis Public Schools. The program’s goal is to improve racial balance and achieve systemic reform through the creation of magnet schools. St. Louis Public Schools will use the award to create four new technology magnet schools offering a unique program of study based on computer animation technology. The St. Louis grant was a fraction of the $98 million awarded by the program in 1998.
$5 million from Rhode Island Foundation
For the Teachers and Technology Initiative, $5 million to the University of Rhode Island and the state’s Education Department. Nine hundred public school teachers received a laptop computer, software, and two weeks of technology training in August. The program’s goal is to train about 2,500, or up to one-third, of the state’s public school teachers by the year 2000.
$1.2 million from Hitachi Foundation
For the “Role of Information Technology in Education” initiative, $1.2 million to 13 education organizations. Launched in 1997, the program is intended to expand and evaluate the role of technology in teaching and learning. Awards include $79,080 to Northwest Arctic Borough School District in Alaska to train student technology leaders, and $96,640 over two years to Tucson Unified School District in Arizona to implement a community learning project in the district’s elementary schools.
$100,000 in equipment from U.S. Department of Energy
For the Computers for Learning program, 50 computers and 10 printers to Bay Springs High School in Mississippi. The program distributes used machines from federal government departments to schools. Bay Springs received IBM-compatible 486 computers equipped with Windows 95 and internet access software.