MINNEAPOLIS, April 21, 2008 – The Qwest Foundation and the Minnesota Business Partnership (MBP) today presented John Clark Elementary School teacher, Jan Clements, with a $4,339 Qwest Teachers and Technology Grant for her “Minnesota’s Natural Resource: The Bald Eagle and You!” proposal.
The grant will allow Mrs. Clements and project partner, 1st grade teacher Kim Vogler, to use SMART Board technology to create a podcast to observe a bald eagle preparing its nest and caring for new life in the wild.
“We received outstanding applications from public school teachers across the state,” said John Stanoch, Minnesota president of Qwest. “Our Blue Ribbon Panel was particularly impressed with the unique idea of podcasting a virtual field trip experience to inspire new interest in technology and life science in the classroom .”
Clement’s lesson plan includes having students observe Bald Eagles and write journal entries about their experiences. The podcasting allows the students an interactive learning experience they can share with other classrooms.
“Getting students excited about science and math is extremely important to Minnesota’s future,” said Charlie Weaver, executive director of the Minnesota Business Partnership. “We were excited about working with Qwest to encourage and reward teachers who are using technology to spark that excitement.”
Clements is one of 15 Minnesota public school teachers to receive a 2008 Qwest Foundation Teachers and Technology Grant, which is administered by the Minnesota Business Partnership Education Foundation. The grants are being presented individually to the recipients in their schools over the next few weeks.
Now in its second year, the Qwest Teachers and Technology Grant Program received applications from more than 60 public school teachers around the state. A Blue Ribbon Panel selected 15 of those proposals to receive grants this year totaling $96,000.
About Minnesota Business Partnership Education Foundation
The Minnesota Business Partnership is composed of more than 110 chief executives of Minnesota's largest employers. The Partnership's mission is to maintain a high quality of life for all Minnesotans by ensuring that the state's economy remains strong, globally competitive and its prospects for growth bright
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