Education, From The Capitol To The Classroom


Troy Cockrum, an English teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic school on the north side of Indianapolis, helps a student having computer issues. Cockrum "flipped" his classroom this year, and painted the walls of his classroom to reflect the new change.

How Indiana Schools Are Integrating Technology In The Classroom


The Indiana Department of Education for the past four years has issued a round of “Classroom Innovation Grants,” roughly $200,000 to a total of 22 schools for the 2011-2012 school year to help them undertake projects that bring technology into the classroom, totaling $4.3 million this year.

As you can see on the chart below, the projects range from professional development, to giving tablet computers to students, to “flipping” classrooms (as we’ve reported, that’s a teaching method using online videos in place of class lectures).

As we’ve written, giving out these grants has forced the IDOE to push out of its normal comfort zone and figure out which products are worthy of trial runs in Indiana classrooms.

Here are the schools that received grants for the 2011-12 school year:

Indiana Classroom Innovation Grants 2011-12
School or District Grant Funds…
Avon Smart tables in Gr. 2
Beech Grove Computers in high school science
Burris Laboratory Using tablets in training teachers
Center Grove Tablets for Gr. K, ELL, special ed
Christel House Academy Building e-portfolios
Clark-Pleasant Open digital courses
Danville Tablets for teachers
East Washington Tablets for students
Evansville Vanderburgh eLearning coaches for professional development
Garrett-Keyser-Butler Giving more students internet access
MSD Wabash County Professional development to prep for digital devices
Madison Campus wireless upgrade, project-based learning
North Adams Professional development in project-based learning
North Daviess Living textbook model
Northeastern Wayne Tablets in Gr. 7-12
Peru Technology coaching and formal tech instruction
Plymouth Podcasts, flipped classroom model
Richland-Bean Blossom Creating digital courses for mobile devices
Rochester Integrating curricular apps into mobile devices
Scott County 2 Professional development based on Common Core
Shelbyville Central Using curricular apps
Smith-Green Tablets for Gr. 5-12, training for teachers
SOURCE: IDOE, full list here; schools each receive roughly
$200,000 grant (some schools more, some schools less).

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