Missouri school district winner of $126,000 in tech tools for the classroom

Allyson Hensley is heading home from the International Society for Technology in Education conference in Atlanta with more than she can fit in her luggage. Hensley, and the Farmington, Missouri school district she works for, is receiving 200 Dell Venue 11 tablets, 200 Pearson Online Learning Exchange Licenses, and 2 Ergotron Charging carts — all of which has an approximate value of $126,000.

“As part of Microsoft’s efforts to get the right technology tools in the hands of teachers to empower their creativity, the company held a special sweepstake designed for attendees” at the technology education conference, writes Cameron Evans, chief technology officer of Microsoft Education in the U.S., in a blog post.

At the conference, Microsoft showcased its devices and cloud services, like Office 365, and highlighted new apps like TestPolicy and new programs like Office Mix.

“But more importantly, we taught hundreds of teachers how to use these tools to propel their teaching,” Evans writes. “We know, as schools make this digital transition to technology in the classroom, the success of those initiatives depend on the teacher and meaningful professional development.”

Read Evans’ post on the Microsoft in Education blog.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff