Cannon County Schools Awarded Grants For On-line Courses
Friday, March 12, 2010 3:29 pm
The Cannon Co. School System has been awarded one of the Title IID grants in the amount of $10,000 through the e4000TN Statewide Stimulus Strategy e-learning program, Director of Schools Barbara Parker announced Friday.
Another $10,000 credit will be available to the system for e4TN e-learning courses. This is a total of $20,000 for our system for on-line courses.
The principal goal of the Educational Technology State Grants Program is to improve student academic achievement through the use of technology in elementary and secondary schools.
In addition, it is also designed to assist every student in becoming technologically literate by the end of eighth grade and to encourage the effective integration of technology resources and systems with teacher training and professional development to establish research-based instructional models. The programs targets funds primarily to school districts that serve concentrations of poor students.
In January, 2006, the first state-wide e-learning program in Tennessee was created. The Effective Engaging E-learning Environment for Tennessee (e4TN) is a grant funded e-learning initiative that has successfully moved past the initial research and development stage to state-wide acceptance.
e4TN has developed research-based innovative approaches that have created and delivered a comprehensive online program providing an effective and engaging e-learning environment that meets the needs of secondary students throughout the state of Tennessee.
By adopting a pioneering course development model that centralizes expertise and experience in curriculum, programming, instructional design, artistry, and on-line learning delivery, e4TN has broken new ground in creating courses that provide students with an optimally engaging and effective learning environment.
The multi-faceted evaluation process embedded into the e4TN program is integrated with the course development procedure, allowing rapid adjustment to the needs illuminated through assessment and evaluation. Due to the unique design of the e4TN program, instructional services are provided to an expanding client base including segments of the population that do not have access through any other organization.
The curriculum created by the e4TN team consists of 25 high school courses based on Tennessee state curriculum standards. The program’s primary goals are to offer high quality and engaging high school curriculum correlated with Tennessee curriculum standards and developed by highly qualified Tennessee teachers, and to provide an online learning environment that will maximize student success.
An additional goal of the grant is to develop a teacher pool across the State of Tennessee that has been trained and is experienced in online learning. The e4TN program began in January, 2006 and has grown 924% from an organization based in one district administered by two high school teachers, offering online summer school using vendor-based courses, to a state-wide organization serving students in 64 Tennessee districts with a high school curriculum and full online program developed by e4TN.