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Cablevision’s Optimum Lightpath puts $100K in grants toward N.J. schools

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 2:14pm
Mike Robuck

Optimum Lightpath, the commercial services division of Cablevision, has pledged up to $100,000 to schools in its New Jersey footprint as part of its 2012 Transforming Education with Technology grant program.

The grant funds are available to K-12 schools and were designed to continue to expand the use of technology for teaching and learning.

The grant application process is currently underway, and winners will be announced at the Optimum Lightpath New Jersey Education Technology Conference, which will be held Nov. 13 at The Palace in Somerset, N.J. To date, the Optimum Lightpath Transforming Education with Technology grant program has awarded more than $250,000 to schools in the New York metro area.

“Since Optimum Lightpath began its education grant program in 2010, more than 350 K-12 schools have submitted applications detailing plans to integrate technology into curriculums,” said Julia McGrath, senior vice president of marketing and business development at Optimum Lightpath. “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.”

Grants will be awarded based on criteria that include how a school would use the awarded funds to:

  • Use technology to improve instruction
  • Promote the use of technology to improve the overall education experience for students
  • Utilize new technology to promote distance learning
  • Create new school initiatives around new technologies.

You can see program details and determine eligibility online. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 10.

“The Optimum Lightpath grant program has created opportunities for our school to deploy technology that has truly impacted learning,” said Lisa Gross, principal of Fernbrook Elementary School, which won an Optimum Lightpath grant in 2010. “Our students have become more involved in the discussion of world events and have been given a platform to discuss their own accomplishments outside of school. These experiences will play an important role in their ongoing education.”

The Optimum Lightpath New Jersey Education Technology Conference will focus on technology issues and the emerging opportunities that New Jersey schools have to leverage new technologies for enhanced student learning experiences. It will attract New Jersey superintendents, school business administrators, IT managers and principals.

The free program will run 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. More information can be found online.

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