Schools receive wireless, handheld technology funds The South Dakota Department of Education recently awarded $568,300 for wireless and handheld technology labs to 52 local schools in South Dakota. The awards were funded through two competitive U.S. Department of Education grants awarded to the State of South Dakota from the federal Fund for the Improvement of Education (FIE) program and the Star Schools program.
Seventy-nine proposals were reviewed by the S.D. Department of Education; 52 received awards. The competitive process required applicant K-12 public school districts to demonstrate innovative strategies for using the devices in the classroom, including development and implementation of curriculum that will serve as a model for other schools.
Making these funds available is part of the state's ongoing effort to promote integration of technology into classrooms so that South Dakota students graduate from high school prepared for the 21st century.
For more information visit the following Web sites: http:// www.state.sd.us/deca/ddn4learning/statewide/SDADE/wire
lesshandheld/index.htm and http://www.state.sd.us/deca/ddn4learning/statewide/FIE/.