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An internet and phone provider is offering grants to Missouri teachers who want to use more technology in their classrooms. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, about $18,000 is up for grabs in the southern half of the state.
CenturyLink is behind the grants, and they’ll be administered by the Missouri NEA, a union and professional association for public school employees.
To apply, schools don’t need to be a CenturyLink customer, but they do need to be located in an area served by CenturyLink.
Pamela Anderson, a spokeswoman for CenturyLink in southern Missouri, says requests of up to $5,000 will be considered for the grants.
The grant awards will actually be project-dependent. A teacher would need to come up with the idea for their project, associate a budget with it, and then submit the grant and ask for the amount of money they’d need to fund the project,” she said.
Anderson said she’s already heard that some teachers hope to purchase iPads for their students to use in the classrooms.
The deadline for grant applications is January 10, 2014; the grants will be presented in April, 2014.
For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Davidson.
To learn more about the program or to apply for a grant, visit www.fsrequests.com/centurylink-teachers.