Technology for Teachers Fund helps upgrade classroom technology
HALIFAX, Oct. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Teachers in 16 Nova Scotia schools have
been selected for grants of up to $5,000 each to purchase new
technology for learning in their classrooms as part of the $75,000
TELUS Technology for Teachers Fund.
"The teachers who applied proposed some great uses for technology to
improve the learning environment. We chose the applications that
demonstrated the most innovative and effective uses for technology to
help students learn," said Gen. (Ret.) Rick Hillier, Chair of the TELUS
Atlantic Canada Community Board. "In all cases, teachers intend to use
technology to help students engage more deeply in their education."
The TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board involved members of the
education sector in the selection process. The Board selected 16
teachers to receive grants of up to $5,000 to upgrade the technology in
their classrooms. TELUS received more than 100 applications, with many
looking for funding to purchase tablets, SMART boards and learning
software for classrooms.
Some of the grant recipients include:
Primary students at Elmsdale District School will receive $5,000 for
mini tablets that will help them access literacy resources to practice
their reading and writing skills.
Students with special needs at West Hants Middle School will benefit
from a $4,000 grant for tablets to improve their phonological
awareness, learning skills and social abilities.
Elementary school students at St. Andrews Consolidated will have access
to software to help them learn music literacy, compose songs and
practice singing with a grant of $4,500.
Rockingstone Heights will receive $5,000 to help grade 6 students who
were not engaged in their classes to have access to tablets to
supplement their learning with online resources.
"I have been working at inner city schools for my entire teaching career
and I have noticed the highest engagement comes when students used
technology to explore and present ideas," explained Crystal MacLean, a
teacher at Rockingstone Heights, in her application.
The TELUS Technology for Teachers Fund is part of TELUS' national Phones
for Good campaign. For every new smartphone purchased in Nova Scotia
between February 7 and August 7, 2013, TELUS gave $25 to this fund, to
a maximum of $75,000.
The TELUS Phones for Good program in Atlantic Canada has donated more
than $800,000 to organizations such as the IWK Health Foundation, Boys
& Girls Clubs and Janeway Children's Hospital Foundation. Since the
Phones for Good campaign started in 2011, TELUS has given more than $2
million to 20 local community projects.
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $11.2 billion of annual revenue and 13.2
million customer connections, including 7.7 million wireless
subscribers, 3.3 million wireline network access lines, 1.4 million
Internet subscribers and 743,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by
President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of
communications products and services, including wireless, data,
Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team
members and retirees have contributed more than $300 million to
charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.8 million
hours of service to local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS
Community Boards lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was
honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation
globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals,
becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
SOURCE: TELUS Corporation
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