Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

January 22, 2013

Operation unBOUND:

VALDOSTA — On Friday, Jan. 11, Valdosta City Schools surprised 24 classrooms, in seven different schools — Newbern Middle, J.L. Lomax Elementary, Southeast Elementary, S.L. Mason Elementary, Valdosta Middle, Valdosta High, and Sallas Mahone Elemetary Schools — with the news that they will soon receive over 500 iPads as a part of a Race to the Top (RT3) grant called Operation unBOUND.

The grant offers teachers the opportunity to participate in and create innovative, student-based educational projects that enhance learning using technology with the objective of improving student achievement.

"We had 34 applicants system-wide and we were able to reward 24 teachers," said Danielle White of the Teaching and Learning department for Valdosta City Schools.

The 24 recipients will receive a classroom set of iPads, accessories and resources, as well as professional learning targeting student-based activities.

"The teachers that applied for Operation unBOUND were really innovative . . . and looking for different ways to engage students," said White.

The teachers will receive their iPads on Thursday, Jan. 24 during a professional learning day where they will receive in-depth instruction on how to use the device.

"We will also look at the goals they wrote in their applications," said White.

Each teacher had to fill out an application where they had to indicate their measurable goals for their classrooms related to writing across the curriculum using technology, describe a time in their career where they stepped out of their comfort zone to learn something new, and express why they believe technology is necessary in 21st century learning.

"The focus is about increasing student achievement through the technology," said head of Teaching and Learning for Valdosta City Schools Scarlet Brown.

The funding for the iPads comes from money earned through RT3, a fund that is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The $4 billion grant supports new approaches to improve schools and is dispersed throughout competitive grants rewarded to states that are creating conditions for education, innovation and reform.

Text Only
Local News
  • Brown Johnson Solis Cardiovascular Surgeons.jpeg Cardiac, Vascular, Thoracic & Endovascular Surgeons Join South Georgia Medical Center

    The three surgeons will operate a full-time medical practice and professional office named the SGMC CardioVascular Institute.  The medical office, which is located in Suite 230 of the Professional Building which is adjacent to SGMC, will be open 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140729-Gas_Leak002.jpg Roadway closed after second gas line break

    For a second day in a row, workers from Valdosta’s Utilities Department struck a natural gas service line causing a leak that shut down a portion of Forrest Street, officials said.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • dump truck arrest photo.jpg Deputies nab stolen dump truck suspects

    The search for suspected dump truck thieves ended Tuesday afternoon with the arrest of two men in the same area officials searched extensively Monday.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bears sighted on Baytree

    A pair of bear sightings along Baytree Road this week could indicate a growing black bear population in Lowndes County.

    July 30, 2014

  • Johnson family files second suit against school

    Two months after filing a civil suit against Lowndes County Schools, Kendrick Johnson’s parents have filed a second suit against the school system which again claims that negligence and bullying led to their son’s death.

    July 30, 2014

  • Teachers Harvest

    With students and teachers returning to the classroom in the coming days, the need for school supplies is at the top of numerous priority lists. For teachers, this often means spending their money to ensure classrooms are fully stocked.

    July 30, 2014

  • Lake Park holds millage rate hearings

    Lake Park City Council held two public hearings Tuesday to discuss raising Lake Park's millage rate from 5.052 to 6.552, an increase of 1.5.

    July 30, 2014

  • 140729_celebritywaiter004.jpg Celebrity waiters raise $14,000 for CAC

    For local leaders, wearing aprons, counting tips and taking drink orders is quite the change from their day jobs. When it's for a good cause though, these “celebrities” didn't mind stepping out of their comfort zones to help.

    July 30, 2014 4 Photos

  • Jim Zachary Mug shot.jpg Zachary named The Valdosta Daily Times’ editor

    Veteran newspaper editor Jim Zachary has assumed the editor’s chair at The Valdosta Daily Times.
    During the past two decades Zachary has been one of the most decorated community newspaper journalists in Georgia and Tennessee.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140728-griner001.jpg Griner takes oath

     Surrounded by family, friends, and fellow commissioners, Clay Griner took the oath of office Monday morning as the Lowndes County Super District 5 commissioner.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

Top News

Do you agree with the millage rate increases?

Yes. We need to maintain services
No. Services should have been cut.
     View Results