Peoria Teacher To Use Grant for Online Learning

By Marc Strauss

Peoria Teacher To Use Grant for Online Learning

September 7, 2011 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 4:11 AM CDT

A Peoria teacher is ahead of the curve when it comes to technology in the classroom.

Sandy Rahn teaches fourth grade at Hines Primary School in Peoria.  Co-workers say Sandy gets her students fully engaged in learning with her innovative use of technology.

"Mrs. Rahn uses technology everyday in her classroom," said Principal Jamie Brown. "Every lesson she teaches she incorporates a smart-board, the ELMO, anything she can bring in for the students she does it on a daily basis."

Rahn wants to buy her class a subscription to an online educational tool called Discovery Learning.  But its expensive and, until now, not something the school could afford.

However, as the recipient of a $1,000 One Class at a Time grant from HOI 19 News and CEFCU Hines School will be able to purchase a subscription.

"The boys and girls are learning right now about rocks.  I can go to that website and it will show videos on the rock cycle," said Rahn.  "Its just a supplement and it makes learning fun."

The subscription to Discovery Learning will be shared by all of the students at Hines School.  Mrs. Rahn's kids says the technology she uses makes her class fun.

"She gives us a turn to show everybody what we know instead of her just teaching us and giving us a test on it," said fourth grader Deven Pearson.

"She doesn't have to worry about discipline problems or behavior problems in her classroom because the students are so engaged," said Brown.

Rahn goes to great lengths to intorduce her students to technology.  She's acquired old and recycled computers for her classroom that people no longer had a use for.  Rahn says even though some of the older computers are slow the kids prefer them over a traditional textbook.

Applications for HOI 19's One Class at a Time $1,000 grant can be found here.

Please be as specific as possible about how the money will be used.