Ed tech is one focus of Maryland’s Race to the Top funds

Maryland recently became one of 10 winners of the second round of federal Race to the Top grants, and Charles County officials are ready to get the ball rolling with several projects, some of which involve education technology, SoMdNews.com reports. The Maryland State Department of Education announced that Maryland will receive up to $250 million in federal funding. Charles County school officials said they are pleased with the $1.5 million the local school system is set to receive. Race to the Top reforms include revised curricula based on core standards for college and career readiness, improved technology to aid instruction and track student achievement, prioritizing teacher evaluation linked to student test scores, and a plan for improving performance in struggling schools. Judy Estep, the county’s assistant superintendent of instruction, said one component of the county’s plans is a digital classroom at the new St. Charles High School. The digital classroom will include stadium seating and a dome that will surround students with images four times the resolution of a home high-definition television—and it would be open to all schools in the area and the community…

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