Wagoner High School is one of 20 Oklahoma public schools whose students will experience learning in new and innovative ways thanks to more than $1.3 million in grants from the Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust (OETT), it was announced on Wednesday, May 9.
Established to provide the latest technologies and teacher training to Oklahoma schools, OETT is awarding each school with $40,000 to purchase new technology equipment such as Apple iPads, Google Chromebooks, Microsoft Surface Tablets and robotics equipment.
“This was the second year we applied for this grant,” said Wagoner High School principal Darlene Adair. “We were hoping to get it.”
Wagoner got it and will received 180 new Chromebooks. The staff will get technology training as well.
“The District is hoping to get a 1-to-1 ratio of students to Chromebooks,” Adair said. “That is our goal. We are going to achieve it thanks to this grant.”
The grant application had many helpers. The K20 program at the University of Oklahoma not only gave grant writing tips and insights, but will teach educators on how to use technology.
“We are very appreciative,” Adair said of the program. “It’s going to help our school.”
In addition, each school will receive professional development training valued at over $25,000 to enhance authentic, real-world learning in their classrooms.
“Through the OETT grants, we are focused on creating long-term change in our schools,” said Bob Stafford, OETT Board of Trustees chair. “Our goal is to improve overall student achievement and learning through the use of technology.”
The mission of the Trust is to equip Oklahoma common school and CareerTech students with the technology and technological skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace.
OETT is administered by Communities Foundation of Oklahoma. professional development is coordinated through the University of Oklahoma’s K20 Center.