ESKO, MN, April 22, 2008 – The Qwest Foundation and the Minnesota Business Partnership (MBP) today presented Winterquist Elementary School teacher, Brian Wickenheiser, with a $5,860 Qwest Teachers and Technology grant.
The grant will help create two pilot classrooms with the school’s only interactive whiteboards and LCD projector technology. The use of whiteboard technology will allow students to become more engaged in an interactive learning experience.
“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 to create two pilot classrooms to show how interactive learning with technology can make a real impact on student learning.”
Wickenheiser’s lesson plans include having students predict the number of lines, rays and line segments needed to make a construction, then plan and construct a virtual drawing on the interactive whiteboard.
“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.”
Wickenheiser 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.

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