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Spring 2013 Classroom Grant Winners Announced
Done. What Can I Do Now?”
- Debora Weidman (Holland Elementary)
When kindergarten students complete
their station work, they will have a variety of independent learning activities
from which to choose while waiting for the next station rotation. This will allow students to continue practicing kindergarten
skills while the teacher is providing small group instruction.
Survive an Earthquake?”
- Amy Merrill-Wyatt (SMS Technology)
Students will design an earthquake-proof building and then
test it by simulating an actual earthquake. Through this experience,
students will learn about the geological processes that result in earthquakes and the physical forces that affect
buildings during such events.
Meaningful Connections with Literature Using Glogster, Google, and Edmodo on the
Galaxy Tab 2”
- Jamie Lenox & Lisa Stirn (SMS Language Arts)
The use of Android Galaxy tablets
will provide the means for teachers to upload documents, quizzes, videos,
etc. The tablets will also allow students to use free social networking
to create a digital “book report” and share it with their classmates and
others, and then hold online book discussions.
- Lisa Holden (SMS Technology)
The purchase of additional Lego
Mindstorm Robots will aid the new technology teacher in teaching how computers
work in general and what students need to do to get the best results from any
program they use. Students will better understand both the computer’s
limits and its possibilities.
of Technology with Reciprocal Teaching”
- Shannon Gwozdz (Dorr Elementary)
The purchase of three Hover Cam T3’s will enable the teachers to project the
pages of any book for teaching reading comprehension. The document
cameras will also aid students in learning the concepts of predictions,
strategies, finding answers, and summarizing.
- Jessica Cancio (Holloway/Dorr Elementary Art)
With inspiration gained from Rousseau’s
“Tiger in a Tropical Storm,” students will draw their own jungle animal. Then,
the students will paint their animals using neon
paints and black lights, implementing an entirely new approach to creating art.
- Brad Kerns (Dorr
Elementary, Physical Education)
With the use of the iPad 2, the
teacher will be able to videotape students performing skills. These
videotapes can be used to help students evaluate themselves and make changes to master skills. It will also provide the teacher another
means to report information about student progress.