GEAR UP program brings technology into local classrooms


WILBURTON, OK (Sept. 27, 2015) – Math and science teachers from GEAR UP partner schools attended a one–day workshop and received a Mobi View and training compliments of Eastern Oklahoma State College’s GEAR UP for Success grant program. The workshop was presented by TI Instructor Todd Morstein.

“It was great!” said GEAR UP Project Director, Linda Morgan. “I love being able to give our teachers technology they can use immediately in their classrooms to make their lives easier and enhance learning.”

The Mobi View is an interactive whiteboard featuring an organized touch screen that provides presenters the ability to deliver and control content from anywhere in the room. A teacher can instantly launch instruction, annotate material and analyze real–time assessment data without being tethered to a computer.

“The training was fantastic,” said Tammy McBride, McAlester High School. “I love my Mobi!”

Recipients of the device were teachers in GEAR UP partner schools who are also participating in the Texas Instruments’ MathForward or Science BOOST program. The Mobi View will be used to enrich teaching with the TI Navigator system and handhelds already in place in the classroom of each of the teachers receiving the Mobi Views.

Eastern is in its fifth year of the $12.6 million federal GEAR UP grant. GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federal initiative to increase the number of low-income students who enter and successfully transition into post-secondary education.

Front row:Jeff Williamson, Panola; Gordon Bockus, Wilburton; Patricia Easley, McAlester; Whitney Stanford, Haileyville; Tammy McBride, McAlester; Brandy Jeffreys, Crowder; Lisa Gist, Spiro; Dixie Culwell, McCurtain; and Cindy Tobey, Panama. Middle row: Janna Blaylock, McCurtain; Vickie Rager, McAlester; Judy Phillips, Whitesboro; Patsey Porter, Whitesboro; Carrie Rymer, Wilburton; Melanie Pinkerton, Bokoshe; Jodi Hass, Stringtown; Beth Buretta, Stringtown; and Monica Brown, McAlester. Back row: J. D. Allen, LeFlore; Tracy Loyd, LeFlore; Bruce Munden, Haileyville; Lisa Hilburn, Quinton; Tim Collier, McAlester; Angela Davis, Panama; Marty Darneal, Spiro; Melissa Darneal, Spiro; Cydney McGlemre, Keota; Lisa Stiefel, Keota; Wes Tackett, Panama; Micah Baker, Red Oak; Darrell Jones, Keota; and Todd Morstein, TI Instructor.

Front row: Donola Battles, Pittsburg; Maggie Homer, Puterbaugh; Michelle Cole, McAlester; Patti Brannon, Crowder; Shana Grubis, Canadian; April Burns, Puterbaugh; Kim Suttles, McAlester; Kara Henry, Frink–Chambers; and Todd Morstein, TI Instructor. Middle row: Kelly Blevins, Puterbaugh; Tammi Bethell, Talihina; Rachelle Morris, Talihina; Kathy Anderson, Talihina; Sandy Smith, Tannehill; Melissa Justice, Frink–Chambers; Tonya McKnight, Moyers; Lori Allen, Stringtown; Tracy Matthews, Canadian; Lacie Smith, Atoka; Leslie Manion, Atoka; Chrissy Gutherie, Parker; Chris Wingo, Atoka; and Shelby Taylor, Haileyville. Back row: Brett Lalli, McAlester; Trent Homer, McAlester; Kelleya Cox, McAlester; SueAnn Vaughan, Moyers; Elizabeth Peterson, Canadian; Nichole Wilkett, Canadian; Justin Bond, McAlester; Justin Wood, Savanna; Angie Wilson, Savanna; Amanda Jones, Parker; Ryan Meadows, Atoka; Deward Palmer, McCurtain; William Leaptrot, Panama; Liz Belcher, Panama; T. W. Estes, Quinton; and Melissa Fromme, Antlers.

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