$7.8 million from the U.S. Department of Education and $27.5 million in cash and in-kind donations from various organizations
To provide staff training and new computer equipment, $35.3 million to the Chicago Public Schools. The funding will be used to purchase up to 16 new computers in each of 87 elementary and high schools in the district’s Region 3. Half the grant money will be spent on technology training for two teachers and the principal at each school. The $7.8 million from the Department of Education was awarded through the Technology Innovation Challenge Grant program. The $27.5 million in cash and in-kind donations are courtesy of some 29 partner companies and universities.
$2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education
For developing after school programs, $2.5 million to various public schools in Philadelphia through the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant program. The grants allow schools to stay open longer through extended day and summer programs. The programs offered to students are wide-ranging, but typically include the establishment of computer labs. Seven schools in Philadelphia were selected for grants out of 176 nationally.
$1.42 million from AT&T Corp.
To further technology education in underserved communities, $1.42 million to various recipients, including $513,000 to the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Grants will be used to purchase equipment, program materials, and to hire technology instructors. AT&T says it is committed to helping bridge the “digital divide” by making technology more readily available to underserved communities. The L.A. County Office of Education represents 1.6 million students in 81 school districts and 1,700 schools.
$800,000 from the BellSouth Foundation
To provide technology training to school district superintendents, $800,000 to 66 superintendents in the Southeast through the edu.pwr3 Power to Lead grant program. The superintendents will receive an average of $12,000 to supplement their own technology training. Power to Lead is the first phase of the $10 million edu.pwr3 program. Through Power to Lead, superintendents attend a one-day development seminar to increase their technology leadership acumen for planning, budgeting, and developing technology in their school districts. The other components of edu.pwr3 are Power to Teach, which will provide grants for teacher training, and Power to Learn, which will aid in the integration of technology in schools.
$180,000 in software from Knowledge Adventure
To enable inner-city middle school students to learn computer skills, $180,000 worth of educational software to 20 urban schools and youth centers. The software is to be used to help create computer camps at the selected locations, providing underprivileged youth with the opportunity to become computer literate. The program is expected to reach 1,000 children by the end of the year. Donated software titles include HyperStudio, SiteCentral, and Kaplan Real World.
$107,000 from the Indiana Department of Education
To provide home computers to students and their families, $107,000 to the Martinsville Schools in Martinsville, Ind. A group of 55 seventh-grade students at East Middle School have been selected for the program and will have desktop computer systems installed in their homes before the beginning of the upcoming school year. Students and parents will use the systems for assignments and for eMail communications with teachers. Each family will keep the computer for two years. From there, the systems will be recycled to the next crop of seventh-graders. Parents who accept the computers into their homes must agree to take computer training courses and exchange eMail with their child’s teacher at least twice a week.
$100,000 in equipment from Compaq Computer Corp.
For its Teaching with Computer Technology grant program, more than $100,000 in equipment to 101 teachers nationwide. The program recognizes educators for their innovative use of technology in classroom activities. Winners received Compaq Deskpro Academic Small Form Factor PCs, which include a 400-MHz processor, 32 MB RAM, a 15-inch monitor, a space-saving design, and Compaq LearningPaq software.