The Kane Schools Foundation for Students announces the 2012 Grant for Technology Innovation for teachers, grade levels and/or schools in the Kane School District. As with last year, the maximum amount of the grant will be $5,000.

Grant applications are due at the Foundation office at the Kane School District Office by Friday, March 16, 2012, at 5 p.m. The award will be made by the end of April, in order for the grant to be fully implemented during the 2012-2013 school year.

This is the second technology grant offered by the Kane Schools Foundation, and the first of two grants to be offered in 2012. The Grant for Technology Innovation review committee will include a technology representative, Kane Schools Foundation Board members and one Kane District School Board member.

As with last year’s technology grant process, each grant will be read and scored by each committee member, in a blind review process to ensure complete anonymity of the grant applicants. Grant recipients will ultimately be expected to turn in a project evaluation report to the Foundation before the end of the 2012-2013 school year.

The grant’s purpose is to support, at the classroom level, teachers integrating technology into their daily curriculum and to help expand or enhance their students’ learning experiences using technology. The Foundation’s aim is to encourage innovative thinking and empower 21st Century learning in our local schools.

Last year’s winner of the Grant for Technology Innovation was math teacher Lisa Johnson, of Kanab Middle School, who used the funds to purchase classroom TI-Nspire handheld super graphing calculator/computers, which allow students to access visual representations of mathematical concepts, and allow her to do track student progress and use data in a myriad of ways. Johnson and her classes are still learning to use the many functions this new technology provides, and she has already seen progress in her classes.

It is an exciting time in the development of teaching and education. Amazing new technologies are being developed each day that are revolutionizing the way that kids learn and are taught. Research shows that technology enhances student engagement in the content, thereby enhancing learning. The Kane Schools Foundation for Students supports the use of effective new technologies in our classrooms.

The Kane Schools Foundation for Students additionally supports other new ideas and practices to strengthen teaching and enhance student learning.

We will also be offering a general support grant for up to $5,000 to be implemented during the 2012-2013 school year very soon. As we strive to provide funds for items not provided for in the regular school budget, and to uncover new, great practices in public education, we invite all the Kane District teachers and schools to apply for these grants.