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CSF Receives Technology Grant

“Technology will not replace great teachers, but technology in the hands of great teachers can be transformational.” - George Couros


The Community Schools of Frankfort is excited to announce that it is the recipient of a $157,000 grant from the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network. The grant, under the direction of Debbie Bracken, Director of Technology for CSF, will continue to aid students in an ever-increasing mobile technology world. 


This “Internet for All” plan includes a substantial increase in CSF’s WiFi capabilities. Funding from this grant will increase the WiFi coverage around each of the Community Schools of Frankfort buildings. This will allow students who may not have access to the internet at home the opportunity to connect in a school parking lot or elsewhere on the school property.. 


The second aspect of this grant will add WiFi capabilities to the bus fleet for the Community Schools of Frankfort. By adding this technology, students will have the ability to work on assignments while being transported to and from school, athletic events, or other activities. 


A third area impacted by this grant is the purchase of 50 mobile hotspots by the school district. These hotspots may be used by students who have no WiFi at home and may be quarantined or required to e-learn for various reasons.


“Frankfort students have access to technology-rich resources that enhance their learning experiences on a daily basis,” CSF Superintendent Joel McKinney says. “The WHIN grant is yet another victory for our corporation's Director of Technology, Debbie Bracken. This partnership is providing additional resources that the CSF Technology Department will use to give more internet access to students in more places.”


WHIN's mission is to develop its ten-county regional community as a very large scale, living laboratory for education and scientific research related to Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. The Wabash Heartland Innovation Network is an alliance of 10 counties in north-central Indiana, funded by the Lilly Endowment, devoted to working together to fuel prosperity by harnessing the power of internet-enabled sensors to develop our region into a global epicenter of digital agricultural and next-generation manufacturing.

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