The Turning Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization established by Turning Technologies, LLC, has announced in partnership with Study Island and Performance Matters their 2009 Classroom Improvement Technology Grant. The goal of this joint effort is to help educators develop 21st Century classrooms and improve achievement by providing technology and professional development tools from multiple industry leading companies.
Grant applications will be accepted from teachers in grades 3-8 currently teaching in an accredited, non-profit, public school building in the United States. Fifteen classroom awards estimated at $5,000 each will be distributed and include student response technology, a web-based standards mastery program, as well as data management tools.
Selected applicants will receive the following:
* Turning Technologies will provide one 32-seat radio frequency student response system that includes TurningPoint and TurningPoint Anywhere polling software, ResponseCard RF keypads, USB-based response RF receiver, QuestionPoint 2 - state-aligned question bank, customized carrying case and technical support.
* Study Island, a provider of online, standards-based assessment, instruction, practice, and test preparation programs for the U.S. K-12 educational market, will include a one-year license of the specific classroom subject for up to 30 students as well as access to their customer and technical support. Study Island enables students to choose their style of learning and work at their own pace. They can work using a standard test format or choose from a wide range of interactive games.
* Performance Matters has developed a web-based data management system that is an enterprise platform for data driven decision making geared toward both small and large school districts across the country. Performance Matters will provide one year of access to their solution for each awarded teacher as well as technical and professional development support.
Grant applications will be available online starting September 22, 2009, and will close October 25, 2009. Awards will be announced October 30, 2009. For more information, please visit www.turningtechnologies.com/K12Grant/.
Source: Turning Technologies, LLC, www.turningtechnologies.com/