MINNEAPOLIS, April 21, 2008 – The Qwest Foundation and the Minnesota Business Partnership (MBP) today presented Willmar High School teacher, Kathleen Meyer, with a $6,525 Qwest Teachers and Technology Grant for her “WOW-TTC” proposal – which stands for Web on Whiteboards – Technology Transforming Classrooms.
The grant will enable the Willmar High School to purchase an electronic whiteboard, four laptop computers and accompanying technology that will enable Meyer to bring Internet resources, like interactive quizzes, online tutorials and PowerPoint presentations, into the classroom.
“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 this proposal’s emphasis on changing the classroom experience to make math more interactive.”
The lesson plan included in the proposal involved using digital drawing tools to create visual models of geometric sequences and view real-world examples of how geometric sequences are used.
“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.”
Meyer 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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