Based off of statewide testing results, Copper Canyon, West and Willow Elementaries were identified as the TCSD schools which would benefit most from the devices. The laptops come with Google Apps for Education and will help teachers track student achievement.
This year $485,109.18 was awarded for the purchase of the laptops and to hire a new Educational Technology Specialist and Information Technology Technician. The funds are allotted over time and are based on a reimbursement plan rather than a lump sum disbursement.
The specialist ensures the goals of the grant are met and teachers know how to use the tools for data-driven instruction. The technician helps share the growing workload of the IT department.
The grant aims at making technology more accessible to students, closing gaps in performance between school districts across the state and increasing responsible digital citizenship. It also focuses on improvement in English Language Art skills with the use of the added digital tools.
During the last two years, the grant funded upgrades to wi-fi bandwidths at all TCSD schools and fiber optic cable additions to Tooele High School. The grant originated from House Bill 277.