SEATTLE, April 14, 2008 – The Qwest Foundation today announced a grant of $10,000 to Pleasant Glade Elementary School teachers Nora Strauch, Ann Chenhall and Tamara Campbell. The grant will fund new technology for fourth-grade students to create a Pleasant Glade neighborhood Web site and share their findings with first-, second- and third-grade students. The project will encourage students to explore their local community with mapping projects, investigations into local jobs, housing patterns and other local services and landmarks.
“Many of our students do not have access to information technology outside of our school,” said Strauch. “We feel it is our duty as public school teachers to facilitate the richest opportunities and experiences possible for each individual child.”
Fourth-grade students will use digital cameras to capture neighborhood photos as well as to record video and interviews. They will learn how to edit video using QuickTime software. The students will organize the data they have collected on laptops in order to build the Web site. Blogs will also be developed for peer interaction.
“This is a great project that will teach the students important skills on how to become 21st century learners, all while creating a sense of pride in community, as well,” said Kirk Nelson, Qwest president for Washington. “Qwest is proud to provide funding to a project that students will remember forever.”
The Qwest Foundation will present the $10,000 check to Strauch, Chenhall, Campbell and their students on Monday, April 14, at 2 p.m.
The Qwest Foundation thanks the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for their partnership. Through its Learning Technologies program, OSPI took the lead in promoting Teachers and Technology to Washington teachers and handled the administrative tasks that followed. OSPI is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state.
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