April 16, 2004, Extra Credit
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How NCLB Is Increasing Access to Technology for Students in Maine

The No Child Left Behind Enhancing Education Through Technology State Grants Program (Ed-Tech) aims to improve student academic achievement through the use of technology in schools. It is also designed to help close the achievement gap by ensuring that every student is technologically literate by the end of eighth grade, and to encourage the effective integration of technology with teacher training and curriculum development to establish successful research-based instructional methods. The following are excerpts from a recent Kennebec (ME) Morning Sentinel article highlighting how students in Maine will benefit from this grant:

"Waterville Public Schools has been awarded a $33,200 grant by the state Department of Education to provide students and teachers at Waterville Senior High School with increased access to technology, as well as training to conduct research and develop problem-solving skills. Waterville is one of 45 school systems in the state to receive the grants, which represent federal money administered by the state as part of the No Child Left Behind Title IID grant program."

"'This will help us to address the needs of the eighth-grade students coming in to the high school who have been using laptops for two years,' said Steven Smith, director of technology for Waterville schools.

A total of $3.2 million was given to the state for Title IID, also known as Enhancing Education Through Technology, according to Robert McIntire, instructional technology specialist with the state Department of Education. ... The focus of the grants is to improve student academic achievement through use of technology."

"Smith said Waterville plans to buy nine laptop computers for the high school library, for student use. ... Teachers also will have increased access to technology resources for classroom instruction, according to Smith. Seven mobile carts with wireless computers, projectors and wireless keyboards and mice will be made available to teachers to use in their classrooms and instructional spaces. 'They can show the process for photosynthesis from a website,' Smith said. 'They can just wheel the cart into the classroom.'"


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