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					            iPod Grant

    MassCUE Conference:
Promoting 21st Century Learning
                 Digital Generation
   By providing digital students with
   opportunities to learn in ways that satisfy
   their needs, they will be more engaged in
   the learning process and in realizing their
   potential.


“Achievement for All Children, “An Apple Perspective”
                 Digital Generation
   What we know about this digital
   generation and the disconnect between
   how we learn and what they think about.
   What they think about school requires that
   we think about student achievement in
   different and broader terms.


“Achievement for All Children, “An Apple Perspective”
          School Committee
• Share with your School Committee
  members before you go public
  – No surprises- for them or for you
  – They have to explain to the public
    • What is the educational value?
    • Why are we buying toys for teachers?
    • Is this good use of my tax dollar?
           Tech Department
• Discuss your plans with the IT Department
  before you begin the grant.
• Ask for help
• Listen to their ideas and concerns
  – They will provide support
  – They will solve problems
  – They are your PR staff
  – They offered 2 hours of training
Engaging Students & Teachers
• Kids gravitate to technology
• Teachers may be intimidated by
  technology
• Kids may know more than their teachers
  or parents about technology
• Some items are a source of conflict in
  school
                      _________________________________
                            Plymouth Public Schools
                            Plymouth, Massachusetts
                              To: Plymouth Teachers
                        From: Barry Haskell, Superintendent
                               Re: iPod/iTouch Grant
                             Date: December 13, 2007

Will your students get better toys than you will this holiday season?
        We can help!
If you had an iPod or an iTouch how would you use it in your classroom?
Attached is a grant application for these coveted electronic devices. We will provide a
total of ten of these items along with some accessories and software and a little bit of
training.
        Need some ideas? Try these sites
http://ipod.gcsu.edu
http://learninginhand.com
www.uwstout.edu
http://blogoehlert.typepad.com/eclippings/2006/01
www.novemberlearning.com
Just return the forms by January 18, 2008
Good luck.
                  Please copy and share with your colleagues!
                             Plymouth Public Schools
                                       Contact:
                     Barry Haskell, Superintendent of Schools
                           bhaskell@plymouth.k12.ma.us
   PLYMOUTH PUBLIC SCHOOLS INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM PROJECT
                                       GRANT
                              Call for Grant Proposals
                                      Definition
A Plymouth Innovative Curriculum Mini-Grant Project supports a project or unique
  learning situation that is developed and implemented by teachers. It must be
educationally beneficial, innovative, exciting and worthy of being recognized and
                          recommended for use by others.
                                        Criteria
The applicants must be teaching full time for the Plymouth Public Schools.
The project should focus on a significant, innovative practical idea using iPods or
iTouch to enrich curriculum, enhance instruction, and/or address authentic
assessment. The project must directly benefit students.

Personnel costs are NOT an approved expense of the requested grant budget.
Upon completion of the project, award recipients may be asked to share information
with other teachers, administrators, or School Committee during the 2007-08 and/or
2008-09 academic year.

Priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate the following:

•   Originality and innovation
•   Long-term implications for enhancing the curriculum
•   Support for inclusive, interdisciplinary classrooms
•   Specific outcomes for student learning
•   Broad impact with numbers of students and teachers involved
•   Alignment with Curriculum Frameworks and approved Plymouth curriculum
                        General Information
Recipients will be awarded an iPod or iTouch and software, if needed.
 Selected projects are expected to be implemented by May 15, 2008.
         Two (2) hours of technical support will be provided.
                               Application Instructions
Complete the enclosed application in its entirety, including appropriate signatures.
Include a clear description for the proposed project, including student experiences
and outcomes, and supplies/equipment to be used.

The Plymouth Public Schools Grant Selection Committee must receive applications
no later than January 18, 2008.

Applications should be submitted to: Innovative Curriculum Project Grant Selection
                                 Committee, c/o
                    Barry Haskell, Superintendent of Schools
                           253 South Meadow Road
                              Plymouth, MA 02360

 NOTE: DEADLINE FOR COMPLETED, SIGNED APPLICATIONS IS JANUARY 18, 2008.
PLYMOUTH PUBLIC SCHOOLS INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM PROJECT GRANT
                              GRANT APPLICATION
 I. Complete this cover sheet (please type or print) including signatures requested
                                       below
                     Name(s): _________________________
                  ______________________________________
            School Name:_____________________________School
                          Phone:__________________
                            Complete School Address:
         __________________________________________________
 Grade/Subject Area:____________________Number of Students involved:_____
                                   Project Title:
    ____________________________________________________________
II. Provide a narrative that addresses the following: (On separate attached pages)

Project Objective(s): How will you use the iPod/iTouch to enrich the curriculum,
enhance instruction, and/or address authentic assessment?

Project Description: Who will participate? What will the teachers and students do?
What is the timeframe? What are the expected learning outcomes and how will they
be assessed? How will you share your experience?

Teacher’s signature and date
    ________________________________                        __________________
  Signature                                                      Date

                               Due January 18, 2008
                           Submit completed application to:
                       Barry Haskell, Superintendent of Schools
                              253 South Meadow Road
                                Plymouth, MA 02360
                            bhaskell@plymouth.k12.ma.us
        Decisions, Decisions
• Who decides?
  – Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum
  – Tech Director
  – Instructional Technology Specialists
  – Superintendent (final decision)
              Rubric for Selection
1.   Originality and innovation

2.   Long-term implications for enhancing the curriculum

3.   Support for inclusive, interdisciplinary classrooms

4.   Specific outcomes for student learning

5.   Broad impact with numbers of students and teachers involved

6.   Alignment with Curriculum Frameworks and approved Plymouth
     curriculum
         Decisions, Decisions
• Charge
  – Each member read the proposal independently

  – Should this proposal be funded? Yes or No.
         Teacher Response
• Plymouth has approximately 800 teachers
  – 8 elementary schools
  – 2 middle schools
  – 2 high schools
  – 8400 students
         Teacher Response
• Elementary Level
  – One group of 5- grade 5 teachers
  – Two groups of 2
  – Four individual teachers
• Middle Level
  – One Spanish teacher
• High School Level
  – One social studies teacher
           iPod/iTouch “stuff”
•   Charger
•   Belkin Tune Talk
•   Splitter
•   Rock Star Splitter
•   Headphones-w/microphone
•   Coby iPod Player
•   Speakers
•   Software- Nero 8; Popcorn
Santa Claus or Grinch?

 Deliver the “goodies” yourself
                  Why?
• Gets you into classrooms
• Establishes a relationship
• Confirms your interest in teaching and
  learning
• Builds interest in the iPod Grant
• It’s FUN
    Professional Development
• Two hours per grant recipient
• Based on individual need and interest
• Communication directly w/
  – Superintendent
  – Superintendent’s Secretary
  – Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum
  – Tech Director
  – Instructional Technology Specialist
• Customer Service!!!
            Types of Learning
•   Cooperative Learning
•   Peer Review
•   Radio Drama
•   Literature Circles
•   Learning Games
•   Differentiated Instruction
•   Podcasts
•   Blogs
 China Pen Pal



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      H.264 decompressor
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            Grade 2 Rap
Noah to his Pen Pal in China-
   West Elementary
                Gleeful Gears
        Tune: London Bridge is Falling Down
          grade 2: Jacob, Max and Taylor



•   A gear is a type of simple machine
•   Changes direction and speed of an object
•   A tooth wheel
•   Hands on a clock move with gears
•   Bevel, worm, cam and crank
        It’s All Good–FFES Grade 5
         Learning and Sharing with Technology

           http://itsallgoodffes5.edublogs.org/ms-bs-class


The second group of students just finished recording and adding
sound files to their podcasts!! Here are Joe, Jenna, Kylie and
Will sharing what’s new in their 5th grade
class! group2_5ball.mp3 Group 2
         Types of Learning
• Music/Drama Performance
• Study Skills
• Assessment
  – Oral
  – Make-up tests
  – Enrichment
  – Remediation
Grade 4-Music



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          Spanish 1-grade 8

• iPod/iTouch use
  – Oral reading
  – Performance in Spanish
  – Types of Learning
  –
  – Podcasts
    • On-line
    • original
Spanish Podcast




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Differentiated Instruction



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Podcasts & Voicethread Presentations


      www.kulowiechistory.blogspot.com
School Committee and Community
• Make the iPod Grant an agenda item
  – Explain what you want to do and why you want to do
    it
• Show-off the results
  – Bring teachers and students to the meeting
  – Students show their learning
  – Set public demonstrations
     •   Public library
     •   Town Hall
     •   Service Clubs
     •   Council on Aging
                  Sharing
• Each teacher explained their project with the
  staff at their school
• Each teacher will share with grade level staff
• Teachers and students attend School
  Committee meeting
• Teachers and students attend civic clubs
  (Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions)
• Teachers and students attend Council on Aging,
  Board of Selectmen
              Next Steps


• Sharing as part of the 2008-09
  Professional Development program
• Provide support for last year’s recipients
• Fund a new round of grants
Questions??

				
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