ETech Ohio and the Ohio Department of Education recently announced the Title II-D Transforming Teaching and Learning Competitive Grant recipients for school year 2011-2012.
Clay High School, in collaboration with Cardinal Stritch High School, was awarded just over $114,000 to help build technology-rich learning environments.
The funds from the grant will be used for professional development for the teachers involved as well as for the acquisition of about 100 iPads for students to use in math and science classes.
Through sustained, collaborative, professional development and the use of research-based methods, teacher teams will embrace and implement new models and strategies for teaching and learning, according to Steve Bialorucki, Career & Technology Education Director for Oregon City Schools.
Bialorucki, and Mike Csehi, Tech Director at Kateri Catholic Schools, submitted a winning proposal that included teachers from both Clay and Cardinal Stritch high schools.
Teachers will become facilitators and co-learners and create technology-enabled learning environments in which students will meet or exceed the state academic content standards and develop 21st Century skills. One of the requirements of the grant is mandatory collaboration with another LEA (local education agency).
Sherry Karamol, Caine Kolinski and Nate Ellis from Clay and Thomas Ziems from Stritch agreed to attend a series of professional development activities over the summer in order to implement the new technology in the classroom.
The nine-week course provided for use of new tech tools like Moodle, VoiceThread, Animoto, Wiki Spaces, various online collaboration sites, insight into the TPACK (Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge) Framework and the development of 21st century skills.
“We looked at our needs and focused on implementing technology to improve our students’ math and science performance and test scores,” Bialorucki said.
“It was exciting to use the new tools and to learn more about how today’s students want to learn,” he added.
“The teachers are excited about the new opportunities for students to learn. Bringing the vast array of educational resources into the classroom via wireless web access will allow teachers to bring excitement and renewed interest in the fields of math and science.
“Learning in the 21st Century has arrived in Oregon,” he added.
The Oregon educators will present their experiences and progresses at an ETech conference in Columbus in February.