Janelle Quintans Bence of the North Star of Texas Writing Project, and a presenter at the 2011 Urban Sites Conference, is part of a team at her North Dallas High School that applied for and received a $6 million restructuring grant.
Part of the grant calls for the purchase of three class sets of iPads, to be used by her school's English learners.
From a NWP.org article on the grant:
The iPads, with their applications and easy-to-use functionality, Bence said, would act as an invaluable language learning tool for the students she works with on a daily basis. As Language Proficiency Assessment Committee Chair, Bence is also responsible for tracking the progress of 400 or so students to make sure they receive additional supports when needed. She's excited to see how the three class sets of iPads purchased under the TTIPS grant will be used by this wide range of learners.