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Kilgore Education Foundation Funds Elementary iPad Initiative

posted Mar 6, 2012, 7:44 AM by   [ updated Mar 6, 2012, 7:45 AM ]
Education Foundation Announces Plan to Boost Technology in Elementary Classrooms and Libraries

Students at Chandler Elementary will soon be taking their learning into their own hands – literally. The Kilgore ISD Education Foundation met on Thursday, March 1, and voted unanimously to approve a plan to put iPads into the hands of teachers and students at Chandler Elementary.

Classrooms at Kilgore Heights elementary and Kilgore Intermediate School have recently received iPads through other programs. This new initiative will extend that plan to Chandler Elementary School (grades 1-3). Each teacher will be eligible for an iPad to be used for direct instruction, student activities, professional development, or whatever uses the teachers and students can imagine.

All teachers will be trained on strategies to use the equipment to inspire student creativity. design digital-age learning experiences, and interact as digital citizens. Teachers will also learn to model digital-age learning as well as engage in professional growth and leadership.

The Education Foundation extended this plan to include libraries at Kilgore Intermediate School, Maude Laird Middle School and Kilgore High School. Each of those libraries will also receive iPads and e-readers for student check out. These devices will be available for student access to an increasing collection of digital learning resources.

Board members voted to approve the use of $50,100 toward the purchase of equipment with the understanding that it will supplement the academic goals and objectives of the district. Bobby Beane, Board President, stated, “This is the next step. We want our students to have access to the digital tools to help them excel.”

The Kilgore ISD Education Foundation is a 501 c(3) nonprofit tax-exempt philanthropic organization of citizens that share a vision of enhancing education in Kilgore ISD. It works to increase private support for educational activities at KISD which benefit students and personnel by supporting activities not funded by tax dollars. The foundation fosters creative approaches to education through private donations and grants, and awards foundation funds through volunteer Board of Directors made up of business, community and educational leaders.