Northshore awarded technology grant
Northshore School District and eight other Washington school districts have been awarded a $606,000 Educational Technology Grant by the Technology Department of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. The purpose of the grant is to set up a mentoring project that connects urban and suburban school districts with rural school districts through computer video conferencing.
Northshore is part of a consortium of nine school districts which include Shoreline, Everett, Edmonds, Quillayute Valley, Chewelah, Selah, Raymond, and Naselle-Grays River Valley school districts. Northshore will receive about $75,000 for equipment and software, primarily desktop video conferencing computers with software and digital cameras.
The mentoring project is intended to help students in two ways: 1) enrich their electronic learning experience; and 2) help them learn about students with diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, representing different geographic areas and ethnicities.
The grant money will pay for multimedia computers for six classrooms in each district. Northshore students will connect with a class from an urban school district to address real-world problems of mutual interest. The students will use video conferencing throughout the project to enhance their learning and perspectives about different geographic areas in Washington.
Local schools will start using the new computers in their classrooms as early as January, 1997.