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Knowledge and information are essential ingredients for societal development. Providing access to reliable technology helps prepare people for successful roles in today’s economy.

Click here to see what some schools are already doing on their own.

In order to ensure that no Illinois child is left on the wrong side of the digital divide, Lt. Governor Quinn and the Illinois State Board of Education created the Technology Immersion Pilot Project.

This new initiative will provide one to one educational technology learning programs in public schools across the state. The General Assembly has appropriated $5 million to launch the Technology Immersion Pilot Project in nine schools in seven schools districts in the 2006-2007 school year.

Participating schools will receive:

  • Laptop computers for all participating students and classroom teachers
  • Professional development opportunities for teachers
  • Technical assistance for school based networks

Similar programs have achieved tremendous success throughout the country. Go to these websites to learn more about these programs.

The following school districts have been chosen for the initial pilot projects:

Facility NameCity
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN MIDDLE SCHOOLSPRINGFIELD
BURLEY ELEM SCHOOLCHICAGO
CALHOUN ELEMENTARY/ JR HIGH SCHHARDIN
FRIENDSHIP JR HIGH SCHOOLDES PLAINES
HAMLINE ELEM SCHOOLCHICAGO
KINZIE ELEM SCHOOLCHICAGO
LINCOLN MAGNET SCHOOLSPRINGFIELD
LOGANDALE MIDDLE SCHOOLCHICAGO
MARSH ELEM SCHOOLCHICAGO
MAYER ELEM SCHOOLCHICAGO
NINOS HEROES ELEM ACADEMIC CTRCHICAGO
NORTHWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOLWOODSTOCK
OROZCO ELEM FINE ARTS & SCIENCESCHICAGO
SOUTHEASTERN JR HIGH SCHOOLBOWEN
ST BENEDICT ELEM SCHOOLCHICAGO
U S GRANT MIDDLE SCHOOLSPRINGFIELD
WASHINGTON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLJOLIET
WATERS ELEM SCHOOLCHICAGO