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Posted May 12, 2015

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APS teachers, schools receive CenturyLink Technology Grants

Funds will be used for everything from iPads to supplies for forensics class

AHS' Ira Cooper accepts CenturyLink grant from David Gonzales

Five APS teachers and their schools have received more than $24,000 from the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program.

“We were excited to see the innovation and creativity in this year’s grant applications,” said Terry Beeler, CenturyLink Mountain West region president. “It’s encouraging to see teachers’ enthusiasm for bringing new learning tools and techniques into their classrooms, and we are pleased to be able to introduce students to more educational technology in their daily school lives.”

Receiving grants were Jennifer Beck of Rio Grande High, Gayety Payne of Manzano Mesa Elementary, Rachel Bartram of Jefferson Mid-School, Laurel Farner of McKinley Mid-School, and Ira Cooper of Albuquerque High.

Rio Grande’s Beck will use her $4,961 grant to purchase iPads, a view camera and a microscope adapter set to allow students to view slides of different pathogens, just like scientists do in a university lab.

Jefferson’s Bartram will use her $4,946 grant to buy materials necessary to create a working forensics lab where students will investigate blood tissues, DNA and the physics of automotive crash reconstructions.

McKinley’s Farner will spend her $5,000 grant on calculators to allow students to collaborate in solving math problems.

Manzano Mesa’s Payne will use her $4,704 grant to buy robots, accessories and iPad minis to allow students to write code for the robots to solve challenges.

Albuquerque High’s Cooper will use his $4,970 grant to buy a laptop, cameras, microphones and other media products to allow students to gather local, national and international news and edit the audio and video for podcasts.

More than 73 New Mexico teachers applied for the grants, which have been offered since 2008 to teachers who develop specific plans to innovatively implement technology in their classrooms.

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