Cathleen Hightower

Second Place

Prize Awarded:
Benjamin Franklin Senior High School
New Orleans, LA

Project Description:

Hightower's "Techmobile: A Tool for Teaching and Learning" project makes an impact on K-12 students as it introduces and integrates technology into different classrooms. In an effort to bridge "the digital divide," Techmobile, a mobile laptop computer lab, brings technology-enhanced learning to students and teachers in elementary and middle schools throughout Orleans Parish. The Benjamin Franklin students who oversee the lessons undergo intensive training to become effective tutors and target strategies for incorporating computers into the classroom. As it makes technology available to hundreds of students who may not have access otherwise, the project develops teaching and teamwork skills and builds rapport among varied age groups.