A competitive state grant for technology, recently awarded to the Hamburg school district, will end up benefiting teachers and students in the area and throughout the state.
Hamburg Superintendent Dr. Mike Wells said the grant award of $31,700 will be used to offer training to teachers, at Hamburg and also at the neighboring schools of Sidney, Shenandoah and Clarinda Lutheran.
Teachers at the training will learn how to implement the latest technology for new lessons in the classroom.
Money from that grant will also be used to send teachers to a national convention where they’ll be able to find out details about the technology other schools are using.
Teachers will bring that knowledge back to southwest Iowa to share it and to grow the uses for technology.
Overall, Dr. Wells said the teachers will work their way through four levels of competency in technology during the training.
In addition, the teachers will develop training modules which will be made available to other teachers throughout the state of Iowa.
Those modules will also serve as a way of preserving the knowledge gained in training this year for future years.
Since the grant funds for training will not be available each year, the modules will give teachers the chance to either learn about the technology in this training for the first time or refresh their knowledge in these areas so that the knowledge isn’t lost.
Training begins in October and goes through the summer of 2019. Green Hills AEA will assist the training process and may also lead some of the training for the technology program.