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The Connections Grant is authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965, as amended by No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Title II, Part D, Enhancing Education Through Technology.

Students’ engagement in learning has a direct impact on their success in meeting the 4X4 Graduation Requirements, their performance on assessments, their desire to stay in school, and—ultimately—their readiness for college and career. Today’s students are ubiquitous users of technology for purposes such as gathering information, communicating, interacting with peers and experts in fields of interest, and for entertainment.

To engage students and ready them for college and career, quality digital content and resources are available to extend teaching and learning beyond the classroom walls. Leveraging students’ interest in technology and interactive media has the power to increase students’ interest in learning and increase student achievement. This can be achieved through transformative instructional practices that use quality digital content and the kinds of electronic devices that engage students and through strategies that ensure students are connected to learning at school, at home, and in the community. Students’ interest in using technology for learning presents an opportunity for educators to expand and enhance instruction through rich digital content, interactive media, and flexible learning environments. 

The 81st Texas Legislature, 2009 amended the Texas Education Code, Section 32.151 to establish a technology demonstration sites project.

The Connections Grant program identified and recruited local educational agencies (LEAs) that serve as statewide models for the transformative use of digital content in the classroom and at home. The grant project is focused on building connections among schools, teachers, and students wherein model classrooms and schools can demonstrate the following:

  • Student access to digital content and resources anytime, anywhere
  • Student access to personal technology tools at school, at home, and in the community
  • Transformative practices in teaching with technology that uses digital content in the classroom and in assignments and activities for students beyond the classroom

Connections Grant LEAs connect with other LEAs that need assistance to establish programs that use digital content and district- or student-owned technologies in order to increase student achievement.


For additional information, contact:

Educational Technology
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701

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