Technology For All teams up with local high schools on interactive mapping project

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SMITHVILLE, TEXAS, March 4, 2013 – Technology For All (TFA) is adding two additional high schools in the Bastrop Independent School District to its Geographic  information Systems (GIS) project in an effort to teach students how to create interactive, data-rich maps using a popular software application.

TFA’s Program Manager John Dees is teaching Smithville students how to begin their GIS projects.

ESRI, a leading provider of GIS software, partnered with TFA to provide free GIS licenses to schools and school groups. As a result, teachers and students at the Bastrop and Cedar Creek high schools will use this innovative program to design and develop various map projects in the classroom. The Smithville High School will use this program as part of the geography and computer technology departments. Specifically, the scope of the GIS project will concentrate on the economic impact of the Bastrop Complex wildfire, the relationship of the railroad to Smithville, and arts/entertainment in the area. Technology For All, which has an office in Smithville to oversee 14 counties across rural Texas and San Antonio, will provide guidance, training and support to the schools as they create maps as part of classroom projects. “We are excited to partner with the Bastrop ISD and hope to expand the collaboration,” notes TFA President, Will Reed.

Technology For All, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Houston, Texas, was created in 1997 in response to the nation’s growing technology gap, especially in under resourced communities.  In 2010, TFA partnered with Austin based Austin Free-Net to create the Texas Connects Coalition to provide broadband technology and computer literacy training across 17 counties in Texas, including; Bastrop, Bexar, Blanco, Brazos, Burleson, Caldwell, Comal, Duval, Fayette, Grimes, Harris, Leon, Madison, Robertson, Travis, Washington and Williamson County.  A total of 92 public computer centers offer free digital and computer literacy classes and open lab sessions. The impact has been a statewide footprint where Texans are provided free access to technology tools, education and training to better lives and make a difference. We average over 20,000 users each week and have provided more than 2 million training hours since 2011.

For more information on programs and training available, please call (512) 237-7025, or visit the TFA website at www.techforall.org.

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Contact: Fran Hunter, (512) 237-7025, Fran.Hunter@techforall.org

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