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OCS teachers awarded $6,500 from CenturyLink Foundation

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CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation's Teachers and Technology grant program awarded more than $1.3 million in grants this year across the nation. Of that $95,000 went to teachers in North Carolina.The program awards educators grants up to $5,000 for technology innovation in their classrooms.
Two of our own educators cashed in because their project proposals were "inspirational."

Brenda Hensley, a fifth grade teacher at Parkwood Elementary School, was awarded $1,500 to purchase six Go Pro Hero HD cameras, six head strap quick clips, six tripod mounts and 30 headphones for project, "A Day in the Life of a Fifth Grader". The new technology will allow students to create troubleshooting videos of how to properly use the technology as well as instructional videos of how to master specific curriculum standards essentially being able to take the teacher home and have constant access to academic support. She thanked Jennifer Smith, an instructional coach, for her help in putting the grant application together.

Kelly Mitchell, a digital learning and teaching facilitator at Swansboro Middle School, was awarded $5,000 to purchase four drones and an iPad for project, "Critical Thinking Takes Flight". Three drones will serve as coding drones to help promote computer programming skills along with collaborative and problem solving skills. The fourth drone will be used as a tool for project based learning. Ashley Lott, a sixth grade science teacher, worked with Mitchell on the grant.

their classrooms.
Two of our own educators cashed in because their project proposals were "inspirational."

Brenda Hensley, a fifth grade teacher at Parkwood Elementary School, was awarded $1,500 to purchase six Go Pro Hero HD cameras, six head strap quick clips, six tripod mounts and 30 headphones for project, "A Day in the Life of a Fifth Grader". The new technology will allow students to create troubleshooting videos of how to properly use the technology as well as instructional videos of how to master specific curriculum standards essentially being able to take the teacher home and have constant access to academic support. She thanked Jennifer Smith, an instructional coach, for her help in putting the grant application together.

Kelly Mitchell, a digital learning and teaching facilitator at Swansboro Middle School, was awarded $5,000 to purchase four drones and an iPad for project, "Critical Thinking Takes Flight". Three drones will serve as coding drones to help promote computer programming skills along with collaborative and problem solving skills. The fourth drone will be used as a tool for project based learning. Ashley Lott, a sixth grade science teacher, worked with Mitchell on the grant.

Senator Harry Brown joined CenturyLink representatives to present the grant checks.

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