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Lesson Plans

Apple Grant

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dg09 (dg09)
Thu, 26 Jun 1997 14:40:24 -0700

Dear All:

For the past six days, I,four other members of my team and 9 other grant
teams have been in California participating in an intensive 10 day
technology, education, interdisciplinary and community-based Apple Grant
Retreat. I am learning so very much and I am truly excited about the
vision that we are painting for how technology can really transform
schools by putting learning in the hands of students of all ages (even
teachers) where it belongs.

But I am getting ahead of myself. I am very proud, humbled and excited
to announce that the Art Education program at SWT, San Marcos High School
and the San Marcos Community have received a two year Apple Partners in
Education grant.

Briefly our project involves the following:

High school and university students, K-12 teachers, university
professors, and community members with diverse backgrounds will work
together to research the lives of people for whom the streets of San
Marcos have been named. Called "Crossroads of Cultures", the
interdisciplinary curriculum, including art, English, social studies,
science and math, will create various materials to be included in a
digital magazine about San Marcos that we will be created
collaboratively. Materieals will include maps, artwork, kiosks, stories,
oral interviews, mathematical surveys and archives and photographs made
by high school students, in-service teachers, pre-service teachers,
university professors and community members. All participants will work
closely with the Heart of Texas Arts Alliance to access local archives
and interact with local experts. Pre-service teachers enrolled in a
technology-rich Art Education program will share their skills with all
participants, in-service teachers will participate in reality based,
hands on technology training and university professors and high school
teachers will team teach at SWT and San Marcos high school.

We will be receiving 12 Macintosh Power PC computers this year and 12
Macintosh computers next year. 8 Computers will go to the high school
this year and next. 4 computers will go to the University this year and
next. We are also receiving all the software needed to support our
specific project.

As many of you know the Art Education program at SWT already has a 25
Macintosh workstation lab that is dedicated for Art Education. The Art
Education program integrates technology across the art teacher
preparation program. What we will get from this, beside the computers
and software is the opportunity for our pre-service art teachers to try
out how to use technology within a real high school program.

The value of the grant in dollars is approximately $100,000.00 in
equipment, software and training for the first year alone. The value to
our programs, our students, the community and to the education profession
is priceless.

We are very proud to be one of ten grant recipient teams and we thank
Apple Computer, Inc. for supporting us in this way.

No doubt you will be hearing from me about this as we proceed through the
next two years. I invite anyone out there to ask questions and/or to
volunteer with our project.


Diane Gregory
Associate Professor of Art Education
Department of Art and Design
Southwest Texas State University