OELWEIN, IOWA, Apr. 28, 2008 – The Qwest Foundation and the Iowa School Boards Foundation today announced that Oelwein High School teachers Rosalind Young and Claudia Schweer have won $7,000 from the Qwest Teachers and Technology grant program.
Young and Schweer plan to use the money to encourage students to use technology to assist them in discovering ways to slow or eradicate existing environmental problems. They plan to do this through collaborative research, information exchange, critical thinking, personal involvement and commitment.
“This is the second year that Qwest has initiated this very important program, and we are so pleased to reward teachers around our state for their innovative ideas,” said Max Phillips, Qwest Iowa President. “Qwest is proud of Ms. Young and Ms. Schweer, and I thank them for their important work.”
The students will use digital microscopes, cameras and global positioning satellite units to research and share their results through wikis. The teachers’ goal is to make this learning experience collaborative and modern.
“We saw this project as an innovative way to encourage students to think globally to address environmental problems that will ultimately land in their lap, while honing their technological skills in a rigorous and compelling way,” said Mary Delagardelle, executive director, Iowa School Boards Foundation.
The purpose of the Qwest Teachers and Technology grant program is to recognize and reward public school teachers who use innovative technology in the classroom to improve the educational experience for students.
“This project offers a unique opportunity for our students to infuse technology in this rigorous curriculum, said Jim Patera, Oelwein Superintendent. “Our teachers have followed the Iowa Core Curriculum Model and NETS standards as they have developed this outstanding student-centered project.
About Iowa School Boards Foundation
The Iowa School Boards Foundation is the research affiliate of the Iowa Association of School Boards. ISBF's mission is to foster excellence and equity in public education by providing objective, reliable information and research to school boards and other education policy makers.
About the Qwest Foundation
The Qwest Foundation's core principle is that investing in people and communities provides lasting value for the future. The Qwest Foundation awards grants to community-based programs that generate high-impact and measurable results, focusing on pre-K through grade 12 education.
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