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What is the latest information on the availability and use of educational technology in public schools? According to the national Center for Education Statistics, in 2009, some 97 percent of teachers had one or more computers located in the classroom every day, while 54 percent could bring computers into the classroom. Internet access was available for 93 percent of the computers located in the classroom every day and for 96 percent of the computers that could be brought into the classroom. The ratio of students to computers in the classroom every day was 5.3 to 1. Teachers reported that they or their students used computers in the classroom during instructional time often (40 percent) or sometimes (29 percent). Teachers reported that they or their students used computers in other locations in the school during instructional time often (43 percent) or sometimes (29 percent). Teachers reported having the following technology devices either available as needed or in the classroom every day: LCD (liquid crystal display) or DLP (digital light processing) projectors (36 and 48 percent, respectively), interactive whiteboards (28 and 23 percent, respectively), and digital cameras (64 and 14 percent, respectively). Of the teachers with the devices available, the percentage that used it sometimes or often for instruction was 72 percent for LCD or DLP projectors, 57 percent for interactive whiteboards, and 49 percent for digital cameras. SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2010). Teachers’ Use of Educational Technology in U.S. Public Schools: 2009 (NCES 2010-040). www.gae.org | 23 Rear: Michael Reddick, Basketball Coach South Atlanta Educational Complex Football Students: Malik Thomas, Tunde Labiran, Kalum L. Banks, Sr., Athletics Director; Football Students: Axzavier Monroe, Zraquell Hixson Front row: Charlotte M. Davis, Principal, South Atlanta Educational Complex; Karen Floyd, UniServ Director, GAE; Charlotte Frattini, Affiliate Relations Specialist, NEA Member Benefits; Janel Pulley, Field Marketing Manager, California Casualty; Kevin Hill, Football Coach & Winner, South Atlanta Educational Complex. South Atlanta Educational Complex Wins $1000 Athletic Grant from California Casualty How did you hear about the Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program? I heard about the Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant Program after speaking with staff members and others when discussing possible grants available. I began to research and found out about the criteria necessary. What led you to apply? Athletics in APS receive little to no financial assistance to fund competitive sport teams. The need of financial assistance for the football program is the reason for applying for the grant. Tell me about the school’s history of athletics. South Atlanta does not have a rich history of overall athletic success; however, our basketball program has enjoyed a sustainable level of success winning the state championship in the past. The school’s most notable athlete is Derrick Favors who was the state player of the year and currently a member of the NBA Utah Jazz. Being the head football coach I am attempting to bring the same success to the school. What will the grant help your school/program accomplish? The grant money will assist us in purchasing necessary equipment for our football program. The grant funds will also assist us in providing opportunities to our players to gain exposure to colleges for recruiting purposes What do athletic opportunities mean to your school’s students? It means a great deal to the student-athletes here at South Atlanta. For many, it serves as a means of getting out of the atmospheres that they go home to in their everyday lives. For many of our student-athletes athletes is the most positive thing they have going on in their lives Is there anything else you’d like to share? I would like to thank California Casualty for selecting South Atlanta as the recipient of the Thomas R. Brown Athletic Grant. This grant will provide our football program with some much needed funding to provide further opportunities to our athletes. Athletics is the pride and joy and in many cases the lifeline of the community. The success of our athletes program will breed success in the community. State of Preschool 2013: First Look This report presents findings from the State of Preschool 2013 data collection from the National Center for Education Statistics within the Institute of Education Sciences. This brief report presents data about state supported preschool enrollment and funding to support enrollment. The report presents the data at the state and national levels for the 2012-13 school year. Enrollment information is shown by children’s year of age. Information about funding is shown for state provided support and then by support from all sources. Download complete report at http://nces.ed.gov/ pubs2014/2014078.pdf


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