West Milford's Macopin Middle School in North New Jersey was one of just nine schools to receive an award through Optimum Lightpath's $75,000 Transforming Education with Technology Grant program for 2012-2013. The $10,000 award – the largest available – will be used to enhance math education at the school, which houses around 650 seventh- and eighth-grade students.
According to grant program records, two initiatives will benefit from the funding, including a basic skills fortification program that will set the foundation for the second. That dovetailing program, dubbed Flipping Over Mathematics, will integrate teacher-produced instructional videos in an in-home instruction program for students. The lessons learned out-of-school will establish the framework and expand the timetable for one-on-one instruction in the classroom, which will be individualized based on concept absorption and supported by iPads and educational applications, or apps.
"We are so inspired by the education advancements that our local schools are actively pursuing and proud that we're able to help put some of these tech-based programs on the fast track with important grant dollars," said Julia McGrath, Optimum Lightpath's senior vice president of marketing and business development.