Published April 24, 2014
By Matthew Girard, Associate Editor
The Belton Independent School District has been on the forefront of using technology to help students further their education for some time and now more students will get the opportunity to enhance their education with technology.
Earlier this week, the Education Service Center Region 12 Technology Foundation awarded BISD with a grant to support educational technology programs.
Including, BISD, six districts were awarded nearly $60,000 in grant funds. BISD received a $9,980 grant and will be used to purchase iPad minis, e-books and augmented reality books for the Belton Early Childhood School.
“Our curriculum department is hard at work exploring new ways to engage our youngest learners,” BISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon said. “As one of six such grants awarded by Region 12, this underscores our vision for innovative instruction at the Belton Early Childhood School.”
The augmented reality books allow teachers and students to scan a page and connect to other resources. Teachers will also have the ability to create their own augmented reality projects that can be catered to more local subjects.
“When we open the doors to the Belton Early Childhood School, we’ll be welcoming our youngest students into an engaging learning environment,” BECS Principal Sue Banfield said. “By funding technology for our classrooms, Region 12 is helping us lay the foundation our students’ future success.”
To enroll, pre-kindergarten students must be four years old by Sept. 1 of the year that they start the program. Students must also qualify for free or reduced school meals, meet language criteria or be from a military family. Enrollment will take place at the BECS (currently Tyler Elementary School) from Aug. 5-7.
The Region 12 Technology Foundation was established in 2012 and is primarily funded by revenue from technology services provided by the service center to area districts and charter schools.