2005 Award Winners
Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards
Technology Innovation
Lincoln Academy

Lincoln Academy
Lakeland, Fla.

School Statistics
Total Enrollment: 520
Type of School: Public
Location/Size of School: Midsize City School
Receive Free/Reduced Lunch: 24%
Student-Teacher Ratio: 20:1

Technology is integrated into every aspect of learning at Lincoln, says Principal Evelyn Hollen. K–1 students start right off learning keyboarding; first graders are also taught how to research online. Second graders study PowerPoint and Word; third, fourth, and fifth graders learn web design. Lincoln also brings new meaning to the term “student teaching,” using students to instruct adults in a series of technology courses for parents and community members, and students help local groups such as churches and nonprofits with web design and other tech projects by taking part in the school’s Tech to Serve community enhancement program.

Sophisticated scientific research isn’t limited to the older kids, either. Kindergartners use digital cameras to record their observations in the pine flatwoods for an ongoing journal of environmental change. The pictures are then turned into a video by fourth- and fifth-grade students and broadcast as a science lesson on the school’s in-house TV station.