SOUTH PORTLAND – Last September National Semiconductor announced that several teachers from Oxford Hills had won awards acknowledging their innovative ideas for using the Internet in their classrooms. In total, National presented more than $130,000 in cash to Maine teachers.

During the school year, the teachers – Sharon Castonguay, Laurie Huff and Donna Kennison from Madison Avenue Elementary in Oxford – successfully enhanced their lesson plans with the creative ideas, so each has received a $1,000 stipend. The stipends are in addition to the cash National gave them to implement their projects.

National provided each teacher with a cash award to purchase whatever was necessary to implement their Internet project. Winners also receive $4,000 in dedicated time from education technology experts to put their ideas into practice. They were able to apply for $1,000 personal stipends when their projects were complete.

The three teachers focused on “Why Do We Need a Government?”

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