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POSTED: June 5, 2007 10:11 a.m.
The Georgia State Board of Education recently awarded technology grants to 60 public schools in Georgia as part of the Title II-funded Instructional Technology Enhanced Environments Competitive Grant program. Each of the schools will receive $96,250 for the fiscal year 2007 to implement 21st Century Learning Environments.
Three of the schools, Midway Middle School in Liberty County, Sol C. Johnson High School in Chatham County and Glynn Middle School in Glynn County, are served by the Armstrong Atlantic State University Educational Technology Training Center.
“We’re pleased that three out of five of our ETTC districts who applied this year were awarded these grants,” Wendy Marshall, director of the Educational Technology Training Center at AASU, said. “The grants will address a statewide need to improve instruction to meet the needs of today’s students and increase academic achievement.”
AASU’s ETTC assisted the schools in writing the grant proposals. The center also will provide assistance with the purchase of the hardware necessary to implement 21st Century Learning Environments in a minimum of five classrooms.
The technology involves interactive whiteboards, projection devices, and student-response systems that allow teachers and students to interact with the files, software, and Internet content displayed on the white electronic boards. Students can interact with the content directly on the board, like using a chalkboard, or by using wireless, handheld devices. A common curriculum, grade level, teacher planning teams, or other criteria connect the five classrooms.
AASU’s ETTC will also assist in providing extensive professional development for one leadership team at each of the schools. In addition, each classroom will receive a teacher laptop and five student laptops. The equipment and training will be in place when students and teachers return to school in August 2007.
Armstrong Atlantic’s ETTC is one of 13 centers strategically across Georgia to serve the technology needs of schools in the state. In addition to Chatham, Glynn, and Liberty, AASU’s ETTC also serves the school systems in Charlton, Long, and McIntosh counties.
About AASU
Armstrong Atlantic State University, part of the University System of Georgia, was founded in 1935. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. Armstrong Atlantic serves more than 6,700 students.
 

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