The Lisbon Public Schools recently invested more than $315,000 in technology for classroom and student use to improve both in person and distance learning opportunities for the students of the elementary, middle, and high schools.
In the high school, over $125,000 was spent on a variety of necessary upgrades and additions, including seventy- five Microsoft Surface Pros, cases, interactive pens, and charging carts, creating an additional three classroom sets, four Newline interactive panels, and a Real Care Baby upgrade for the Child Development class.
The middle school acquired over $86,000 worth of equipment including four Newline interactive panels and fifteen Microsoft Surface Pros, seventy-five Microsoft Surface Gos, cases, interactive pens, and nine charging pods to create numerous opportunities for the teachers and students to incorporate technology and digital citizenship in their lesson and learning.
Over $104,000 was expended in the elementary school to bring in fifteen Newline interactive panels, twenty Microsoft Surface Pros, twenty-eight Microsoft Surface Gos, and an Interactive Projector for the gymnasium for use with physical education classes, among other activities.
These items were purchased in part with funds from the Lisbon Public School’s Technology Fund and in part with funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act approved on March 27, 2020. Lisbon Public Schools received $78,881 in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds, collected $161,195 in Education Corps Funding, and obtained an additional $181,533 in Resiliency Grant Funding. Each of these COVID funds have specific guidelines on how they may be spent and dates by which they need to be used. Lisbon Public Schools has worked diligently to maximize the impact of these funds and their benefit to our students, staff, and learning outcomes.
The students in the Computer Hardware and Operating Systems class, led by LPS Tech Coordinator Brent Janes, will be working to get the devices up and running, providing a fantastic opportunity for place-based, project-based learning to do what the pros do and preparing these students for careers in the computer sciences.