The SMARTer Kids Foundation of Canada is now accepting applications from 6th grade teachers in the U.S. and Canada for the 2009-2010 Connections program, a fully-funded collaborative learning program for 6th grade classes in the U.S. and Canada. 8 classes will be equipped with new classroom technology to help undertake collaborative projects between schools. Once accepted into the program, teachers participate in online professional development sessions and work to plan collaborative projects for the year. Participating schools also receive an AirLiner wireless slate, a Senteo interactive response system and a 2-year subscription to Bridgit conferencing softeare and SMART Ideas concept-mapping software to help them collaborate on projects. The program is celebrating its 10th anniversary; since its inception, over 2,000 children have participated. A major component of the program is a pen pal activity, which will finish in May 2010 when a select number of teachers and students will be invited to meet in Calgary, Alberta, CA for a week of fun and learning with their pen pals. Applicants must be experienced with SMART Board interactive whiteboards, have a computer, projector and SMART Board interactive whiteboard installed in their classrooms, and demonstrate their commitment to using technology.
Deadline: Applications must be received by midnight MST on March 31st. Applicants will be notified of their status by April 28th. Activities for the program will begin in July.