Grants provide technology to area students

Posted November 28, 2012 at 2:14 pm

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Funding from the Dubuque Racing Association (DRA) totaled $15,589.80 last spring for Carpenter Elementary, Shannon Elementary and Monticello High School.

That funding has been put to use to purchase technology equipment for the three schools for use during this school year.

Shannon and Carpenter each received $5,000, and the high school received $5,589.80 for projects which increased the level of access to technology for students and teachers.

According to curriculum director Gretchen Kriegel, the goal of the Shannon grant was to increase the access of touch technology for students with high functioning autism at the primary level.

“Many times, these students have unique learning needs, but do not academically qualify for additional programming supports,” Kriegel said. “iPad apps and touch technology have been proven means to provide specialized educational support in the classroom that students with high-functioning autism need.”

The additional funding also puts more technology in the hands of all Shannon students, she said.

The goal of the Carpenter grant was to increase student accesss to media and technology for all students.

“The additional laptops were part of a project at Carpenter School that created a computer lab just off of the Thomas Library,” Kriegel noted.

The funding also provided five MacBook laptops to complete a mobile cart of laptops available for checkout by classrooms or students from the Carpenter library.

At the high school, the goal was to increase the amount of technology tools available to teachers and students for classroom and out-of-classroom collaboration on student learning projects.

The funds paid for new digital cameras, video cameras and iPod touches. This equipment will be put to use in the upcoming January Academies at the high school.

PHOTOS: Top: Third-graders Tristen Clark (left) and Kelly Cornett work on laptops funded by the DRA grant. (Photo submitted) Bottom: Kolbie Kriegel works with an iPad in the Shannon library. The iPad is one of the technology purchases made possible by a Dubuque Racing Association Grant. (Photo by Pete Temple)