Gov. Martin O'Malley announced $5.5 million in grants to local boards of education on Wednesday, September 18, to increase the use of digital technology in education and to help students earn college credits and career certification while in high school.
At a news conference outside the State House, O'Malley and state school Superintendent Lillian M. Lowery announced six winners of grants under a program called the Early College Innovation Fund and seven winners under the Digital Learning Innovation Fund.
Splitting the $3.5 million in digital learning grants will be the SEED School of Maryland as well as school districts in Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Kent and Washington counties.
Garrett County Public Schools received $235,000 for the Digital Learning Innovation Award. Dr. Lowery indicated, “The purpose of the grant is to support the “Telepresence” project to provide the ability for students,teachers, and professionals throughout Garrett County Public Schools and the world to synergize without the restraints of location or walls.”
Chuck Trautwein, Garrett County’s computer resource teacher, stated, “Garrett County’s proposal, as approved, will provide "Telepresence" technology to all schools in the county in the form of mobile Polycom units and taking advantage of the county's new fiber connectivity between our schools and to the Internet. The grant will also provide for student computers at elementary schools still using older computer labs. This technology will enable increased collaboration and sharing of resources between Garrett County schools.”
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