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TYLER, February 5, 2014-- Students at Dogan Middle School will soon be able to create their own virtual science laboratories thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program. The funds will be used to purchase 15 iPad Minis, giving students access to a myriad of free science education applications, digital textbooks and virtual learning opportunities.
Science and math instructional coach, Michelle Gandy, submitted the grant titled “Science and Technology: A Perfect Match” to help combine the school’s science curriculum with the latest technology applications. With limited resources and space in computer and science labs on campus, incorporating the iPad Minis into the curriculum will allow students to experience science in a more interactive and small group setting.
“Our students will benefit from having this frequent access to technology,” Ms. Gandy said. “The apps we will deploy range from vocabulary support to build-a-cell models to screen casting applications. We expect to see increases in student engagement and proficiency with the use of this up-to-the-minute technology that they may not have access to outside of school.”
For many families at Dogan, technology is not readily available inside the home, Ms. Gandy explains. Having access to iPad Minis in the classroom will help students stay on track with other students and better prepare them for advanced science classes in high school and college.
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