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Like many public entities today faced with tighter operating budgets and mandates to reduce energy consumption, the Green Bay Area Public School District was looking for ways to reduce costs while still maintaining a comfortable environment for students and staff. In 2003, the district launched an aggressive program combining energy-saving projects with student and employee awareness instruction. In just five years, it saved nearly 19.8 million kWh of electricity, 2.3 million therms of natural gas and $4.4 million in public funds.

The Canton City Schools District in Ohio was looking for new ways to provide better access to the general curriculum for students with disabilities and other learning challenges. They were looking for an RTI solution that would support students across all tiers, so when members of the Assistive Technology Committee saw Read&Write GOLD at a training seminar, they thought they'd found an important addition for their district's toolkit.

The Canton City Schools District in Ohio was looking for new ways to provide better access to the general curriculum for students with disabilities and other learning challenges. They were looking for an RTI solution that would support students across all tiers, so when members of the Assistive Technology Committee saw Read&Write GOLD at a training seminar, they thought they'd found an important addition for their district's toolkit.

Teachers at Western Heights Public Schools in Oklahoma are used to being ahead of the curve technologically. So when the federal government offered a chunk of stimulus money, the district used it to go to the next frontier in interactive learning—an integrated, intelligent classroom.

The Lakewood Public School district near Lansing, MI, was coping with transportation cuts and struggling with a cumbersome routing system based on outdated technology, so Transportation Director Greg Tobias started talking to other districts about what software they were using to manage bus routing.

 

Some things are just meant to roam free, like chickens in a farmyard. But students in a computer lab? Take 30-45 students, sit them in front of unmonitored computers, and you get a free-range social club and an Internet caf?—not a classroom.

Traverse City is located in Northern Michigan on Grand Traverse Bay, a protected waterway of Lake Michigan. This region is known for its spectacular natural beauty, and rolling, wooded terrain interrupted by acres of cherry orchards.

Until recently, when teachers at the Pennsville School District in New Jersey wanted to review their students' standardized test scores they faced a daunting task.

Roland Rios thought he'd found the perfect, inexpensive solution for interactive whiteboards in his Texas school district. But first he had to convince his lead tech specialist he wasn't crazy.

Thinking big can reap big rewards. Julie Schnedler had only taught sixth-grade science for a year at Mediapolis Community School in Mediapolis, Iowa, before entering her 66 students in the inaugural Disney Planet Challenge. It was a leap from her previous efforts to engage students on the environment.

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