COPPERAS COVE— Fairview/Miss Jewell Elementary School will bolster its educational technology programs, thanks in part to a grant from one of the state’s regional Education Service Centers.
The campus was awarded a technology grant by the The Education Service Center Region 12 Technology Foundation. The Region 12 Education Service Center, which serves schools in the Killeen and Waco area, announced Monday the school received a $8,995 grant for the 2013-2014 school year.
“We were very happy to see that our grant was funded,” said Angela Kirkpatrick, Fairview/Miss Jewell principal. “This is certainly something our students will benefit from.”
The grant award will equip the school’s prekindergarten through fifth-grade classrooms with technology such as digital cameras and camcorders to record, post and share mini-demonstrations of learning as part of the campus’ “Show Me With Technology” program.
Kirkpatrick said one of the program’s goals is to familiarize students with the technology available in the classroom and to have them teach other students how to use the technology.
“If you’ve taught it, you know it,” Kirkpatrick said. “(The program) is students showing a mastery of the technology and a mastery of the academic concepts.”
Fairview/Miss Jewell was one of seven campuses that received a grant from the foundation. In total, the grants amounted to more than $60,000.
“Presenting grant money to these seven school districts to place more instructional technology in the hands of students is part of a dream in the making,” said Jerry Maze, ESC Region 12 executive director.
The announcement of the grant comes at a time when the Cove school district is trying to boost technology across all of its campuses. On June 11, the board of trustees voted to approve a district-wide, long-range technology to prepare students to be “21st-century learners.”