The Qwest Foundation and the North Dakota Educational Technology Council have selected five recipients for the 2011 Qwest Teachers and Technology grant program.Â
Groups of teachers at Westside Elementary and the STEM Center are two of those five recipients.Â $5,000 checks were presented last week to each teaching group.Â Â
Westside Elementary teachers Virjean Cramer and JoAnn Teets plan to offer several trans-disciplinary units, one of which would be a new 5th grade robotics and engineering unit.Â Their goal is to enhance the STEM curriculum at the elementary school level to prepare students for available opportunities at the middle school level.Â Â
STEM Center teachers Molly Bestge, Gretchen Peterson and Gretchen Stafslien plan to share 10 new Apple iPads to create innovative learning experiences in all school subject areas.Â The iPads are to become part of their toolkit for teaching STEM and creating a 21st century learning environment for students.Â Â Â
The Teachers and Technology grants from the Qwest Foundation provide funding for technology-related educational programs or projects. The program recognizes North Dakota K-12 public school teachers who use technology in the classroom in new and innovative ways to improve student performance.Â
The Qwest Foundation awards grants that generate high impact and measurable results through community-based programs in the area of PK -12 education. To learn more about the Foundation and request funding for your program, visit their website at www.qwest.com.