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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 1:41pm
El Paso, TX (KDBC) — The ATPE Foundation announced Wednesday morning that Ramona Elementary School in the Ysleta Independent School District is the recipient of the 2013-2014 ATPE Foundation Technology Grant.
Ramona Elementary teacher Lorena Gonzalez says that the $2,500 grant will be used to purchase six iPad minis for use in a pre-kindergarten classroom. The iPads will be used to develop techniques for handling and controlling devices which will ultimately allow them to become increasingly confident and independent users of age-appropriate technology.
“More than half of the students at Ramona do not have access to computers or Internet access at home,” Gonzalez wrote in her grant application. “Our school goal is to use technology to increase interest in learning, specifically in language and vocabulary.” Gonzalez said.
The ATPE Foundation Technology Grant provides funds to educators in Texas public schools for the purchase of classroom technology resources. Only two schools were awarded $2,500 grants during the 2013-14 school year.
The ATPE Foundation was established by the Association of Texas Professional Educators, the state’s leading educators’ association and the largest independent association for public school educators in the nation. An educator does not have to be a member of ATPE to apply for a grant from the foundation.
For more information about the ATPE Foundation technology grant, visit www.atpefoundation.org/technologyGrant.aspx.