Technology Rich Classroom Program

Preparing Today's Students for Tomorrow's World

The Technology Rich Classroom (TRC) Program in Kansas is a Title II-D initiative funded through the Kansas State Department of Education.

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Diane Plunkett is now a member of Technology Rich Classroom Program
Apr 10
Darrin Harrison is now a member of Technology Rich Classroom Program
Apr 7
Profile IconChristina Riffel, Clare Clancy, Jessica McCoy and 8 more joined Technology Rich Classroom Program
Mar 31
Melinda Stanley replied to Melinda Stanley's discussion BYOD: Bring Your Own Device Policy & Resources in the group Kansas Technology Coordinators
"Here's an update for 2013--look for the BYOD supplement within the 2013 Digital LEarning Report"
Dec 4, 2013

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Kansas Digital Learning Report 2013 Released

 In conjunction with the second National Digital Learning Day on February 6, 2013, the Kansas State Department of Education is pleased to release the Kansas Digital Learning Report 2013.  The report provides a statewide snapshot of digital learning environments across the state. For related policy documents, dialogue and sharing, see the Kansas Technology Coordinators Group.
Click here for the full report.


Enduring Impact

Recent events have prompted me to consider the enduring impact that TRC has—and continues to have—on schools and educators across the state.    Last week, we were invited to participate in a Digital Learning Day Proclamation Day signing ceremony at the Governor’s office, and I invited the 2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year (and former TRC Facilitator) Dyane Smokorowski and 5 of her students to participate---what a blast!  The group then came and presented at KSDE afterwards—enlightening staff about the Tom Sawyer Video Game Project their classes are working on in their 8th Grade Language Arts Classroom!  Yes—it’s as exciting as it sounds---experts are involved (game developers, artists, historians from the Tom Sawyer museum in Hanover, MO), kids are developing games based on the story and enjoying the experience of becoming programmers, artists, project managers, etc.   Dyane was quick to share the importance of quality professional development---and that it was through her participation in TRC that she came to understand what that really was!  What a testimony!
This week, Phase 3 TRC School, Walton Rural Life Center near Newton will play host to State House/Senate Education Committee members seeking to visit exemplary schools!  Walton focused on project-based learning as they transitioned to a Charter School towards the end of their formal TRC project participation---but their goals to become more student centered, to empower students to actively participate, to create opportunities for students to collaborate and mentor others through technology and project-based opportunities---have obviously continued—and then some! I visited with Principal Natise Vogt, who affirmed that the professional development and support, project-based learning focus and technology integration that began with TRC has definitely had an impact. We know, it’s really all about the passionate commitment of the teachers, the amazing leadership and support from school and district administrators (not to mention their fearless facilitator—Rita Betts!), and the collective capacity of everyone that comes together to help support and encourage their success!!  Their TRC Teachers--Kathy Murphy and Derrick  Richling---amazingly---are both still there---and they—and the entire Walton staff should be so proud of all they have accomplished since those early days of Project Based Learning training (remember where you were in Fall 2005?).  KUDOS to Walton Rural Life Center staff and students for this exemplary recognition!


~Melinda Stanley

State Education Technology Coordinator

Kansas State Department of Education



Digital Learning Day is a national campaign that celebrates teachers and shines a spotlight on successful instructional practice and effective use of technology in classrooms across the country. The inaugural Digital Learning Day boasted tens of thousands of teachers representing nearly 2 million students.
The second annual Digital Learning Day is gaining momentum with ongoing activities, ideas, and collaboration opportunities leading up to February 6, 2013. Join the wave of education champions who seek to engage students, celebrate and empower teachers, and create a healthy learning environment, personalized for every child. Participation is free and easy.
Are YOU ready to change Teaching & Learning?
Melinda A. Stanley
State Education Technology Coordinator
Kansas State Department of Education


WHIRL: We Tip Our Hats!


This week we "tip our hats" to two TRC alumni who have received amazing honors!  The WHIRL Blog Post highlights Dyane Smokorowski, who was named the 2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year and Michael Berndt, who was named the 2012 Kansas Milken Educator!



Kansas Student Technology Leaders


The purpose of this competition is to allow students in Kansas schools an opportunity to showcase their work and to provide a venue to recognize their efforts and achievements.  TRC students are perfect candidates for this event and it gives kids a chance to shine who might no "compete" in sports or music, etc.

Students will present projects they have developed. Project presentations will be judged and awards will be given.

Categories of Competition include:
- Multimedia Presentation
- Social Media Innovation
- Video Production
- Video Production Public Service Announcement
- Website Design

This competition is open to all Kansas students in grades 6 thru 12.

Date: April 3, 2013
Location: KSU Student Union, Manhattan, Kansas

Complete information can be found at:

Thank you!

 ~ A MACE sponsored event.


TRC Program Awardees

TRC Program Awardees were announced at our Celebration event, April 26th, 2012. Click here to learn more and to view the exemplary lesson plans and videos!




Student Voices ~ Sharing the Heart and Soul of TRC

We want you to share the heart and soul of TRC through the eyes of your students. Federal policy makers are determining the financial future for TRC funding and have currently eliminated EETT funds which currently funds TRC. They need to know why TRC is important to you, your students, your school, and your communities. Please share the impact TRC is making in your district in a brief statement below. Please provide links to your students' project examples online or within the Kansas TRC Web site. And if so compelled, write our Kansas Senators and Representatives. Thank you for your input!

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TRC Teacher and Facilitator Resources.

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Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans and Project Based Learning activities.

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Classroom Connections

Please use this forum to post your collaboration needs and ideas. If you are looking for a class to collaborate with, have something fun to share, or are looking for ways to engage and motivate your students, this forum should have something for you!

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Professional Learning Opportunities

Information about Conferences, Workshops and other Professional Learning (PL) opportunities.

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TRC Ning members are encouraged to post a link to their published work in this forum. This could be in the form of an article, an iTunes book, or a blog!

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Funding Opportunities

Information about potential grants and funding opportunities.

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In The News...

Articles & Stories about TRC in the local, regional and national news.

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Celebration Information

Details, Instructions and FAQ related to lesson plans and teacher video submissions, presentations and program awards.

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A collaborative area for districts/schools to discuss policy related issues and share policy documents.

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Blog Posts

TRC Program Awardees

Posted by Amber Rowland on May 16, 2012 at 3:43pm

Give it a WHIRL & Follow the TRC Blog

Posted by WHIRL on February 21, 2012 at 12:19pm

2012 Re-solutions: Reading, Retelling, Review

Posted by WHIRL on January 6, 2012 at 2:30pm

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