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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 QuickTime™ and a H.264 decompressor are needed to see this picture. 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 QuickTime™ and a H.264 decompressor are needed to see this picture. Spanish 1-grade 8 • iPod/iTouch use – Oral reading – Performance in Spanish – Types of Learning – – Podcasts • On-line • original Spanish Podcast QuickTime™ and a H.264 decompressor are needed to see this picture. Differentiated Instruction QuickTime™ and a H.264 decompressor are needed to see this picture. 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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