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Leadership and Achievement through Technology Initiative:

HFM BOCES wins $650,000 state grant to build network of technology mentors

Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES has been awarded a $650,000, two-year Enhancing Education Through Technology grant that in part will give middle school students the chance to teach their teachers about technology.

Area teachers and students from 30 public and private middle schools in the HFM BOCES and WSWHE BOCES region will collaborate to use technology as a tool to improve student performance in English language arts, mathematics and science. The state is offering this grant to help meet the federal goal that all students will demonstrate technology literacy by the end of eighth grade.

The grant provides stipends for teachers in eight districts to become digital learning specialists (DLS). Specialists will offer mentoring and training to their building colleagues to help integrate technology into classroom instruction. Additionally, the specialists form a regional team to provide technology training for teachers in all participating districts. Currently, the Greater Amsterdam and Gloversville Enlarged School Districts have digital learning specialists thanks to a previous Enhancing Education Through Technology grant. This new project will add six other districts to the DLS network: Fonda-Fultonville, Fort Plain, Lake Pleasant, Mayfield, St. Johnsville and Wheelerville. Click here for job posting.

Partnering with a national organization, Generation Yes and its founder Dr. Dennis Harper, the grant provides for the 30 participating districts to develop and sponsor active New York State Student Technology Leader clubs. This summer, selected middle-school students will attend a week-long camp where they will learn leadership strategies to assist their peers in demonstrating their technology literacy. The students will also gain skills to assist their teachers on how to infuse technology into classroom lessons with the goals of sustaining student interest and improving student achievement.

Under the grant, students will teach their digital “native” language
Today’s students are the first generation to grow up immersed in digital technology, making them “digital natives,” according to Mark Prensky, an educational technology consultant. Students speak and understand technology as their “native language.” This grant program allows teachers and students to work together to cross the divide between the digital natives and many teachers who are learning to become more technologically adept.

For further information, contact HFM BOCES Assistant Superintendent Dr. Lorraine Hohenforst or Coordinator of Instructional Services Stacy Ward.

Detailed information on Generation Yes is available on their Web site: www.genyes.com.


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