ST. LOUIS, MO, JUNE 11, 2012: The Innovative Technology Education Fund (ITEF) has awarded a total of over $1.4 million dollars in educational grants with its spring 2012 grant cycle, according to Lisa Dinga, ITEF Executive Director. A private foundation dedicated to supporting innovative learning in the classroom through the integration of leading edge technologies, the ITEF has supported public, private, and parochial schools in both Missouri and Illinois since 2006.
The spring grant cycle will provide computers and mobile internet access for students working in the field on their EMT training; iPads for 1:1 computing; interactive white boards to support an expanded kindergarten curriculum; a pilot project to bring gamification into a high school statistics class, and much more.
The impact of previous grants are widely celebrated, such as with Antonia Elementary in Imperial, Missouri. “We saw a huge increase in the number of students scoring in the proficient and advanced categories on the MAP test, reported Kristine Baker, previous Assistant Principal. “As a whole, our students scored 39.7 points higher on the MAP Math test in 2011 than the previous year. This is an incredible jump for our students and much is to be credited to the new Mimio technology we are using. “
In St. Charles, Missouri, Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic School received Senteo Response Systems, a wireless connection between teachers and students to gain immediate insight into learning. Principal Debbie Pecher said, “This grant has provided the tool to help teachers cover more material efficiently and bring students to mastery because it has the ability to give teachers immediate feedback and data on how well students are mastering the concepts and skills being taught. Teachers have commented that the clickers have given a voice to all students. They have created a wonderful learning environment that gives added technology skills to students as well as being helpful to the environment by using less paper.”
The ITEF Spring 2012 grant recipients are listed below.
- Central Christian School $15,000
- City Academy $15,000
- Crossroads College Preparatory School $6,587
- Green Park Lutheran School $14,658
- Jury Elementary School $14,411
- McNair Elementary School $13,960
- Mehlville High School $15,000
- Parker Road Elementary $15,455
- Westminster Christian Academy $15,000
Board Directed Grants:
In addition to the biannual grant awards, the ITEF Board of Directors also provides funding for equipment and internet service through the ITEF Educational Broadband Service. The grant recipients this year are:
- Marian Middle School – $28,530
- Gateway Institute of Technology: EMT Program – Up to $77,418
ITEF is now accepting applications for the fall grant cycle. The deadline for applications is September 7, 2012. Project grants will be awarded up to a maximum of $15,000 each.
Complete grant project information is available by visiting: