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Texas Education Agency grants expand technology, learning in Dallas-area schools

from The Dallas Morning News

Getting middle school boys into the library and to check out books at Grand Prairie ISD's Young Men's Leadership Academy at Kennedy Middle School had become a struggle. But when the school piloted an effort last year to provide Nook e-readers to those students, enthusiasm for reading skyrocketed. "All of a sudden, reading had a cool factor," said Sharon Manterola, the school district's executive director of instructional media. "Suddenly we had a waiting list of 300 students." More than two dozen North Texas school districts received money from the TEA through Technology Lending Program Grants. The program, which distributed a total of $10 million statewide, allows school districts to put more technological devices into the hands of students and extend the wireless world into their homes. more


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