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Grant-grabbing experience gets more tech into classrooms


When Benjamin Tasker Middle School teacher Selena Ward has an idea for a new class project, she spends a lot of time online — though she’s not researching lesson plans. Instead, she’s looking for a way to pay for the project, reports the Maryland Business Gazette. A technology teacher at the Bowie, Md., school, Ward likes to bring the most up-to-date gadgets and programs to her students. But because new technology never comes cheap, she’s taken to researching technology grants to bring new products into the classroom. In Ward’s technology integration class, which all students are required to take, she introduces students to web-based and software technology. With each new grant, she’s able to expand their lessons. To make quizzes more interactive, she was able to secure a grant from Turning Technologies for a classroom set of handheld clickers that allow students to submit test answers with the push of a button. This year, she also received a $600 grant from the Maryland Instructional Computers Coordinators Association to purchase four handheld video cameras and has begun to teach students how to write, shoot, and edit their own films…

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