#GivingTuesday: Document Camera

Help KDP fund a Classroom Teacher Grant for “Document Camera”, a Classroom Manipulatives project by Brittany Beard. She teaches 6th and 7th grade and has 2 years of teaching experience.

Application for Funding:

Alliance Christine O’Donovan Middle Academy, or COMA, is a middle school in Los Angeles, California. COMA is one of 28 schools in the Alliance College-Ready Public Schools charter organization, which serves nearly 11,500 low-income students. The demographics of COMA necessitate a wide range of programs to meet the needs of our students. 98% of our school is socially disadvantaged youth, with more than 16% English Language Learners and 8% of students with disabilities. As a seventh grade English-Language Arts teacher at COMA, I am attempting to get a document camera for my classroom.

Although considered a Title I school, Christine O’Donovan Middle Academy prides itself on being a technology school, with an emphasis on the Common Core State Standards. Each classroom is equipped with a cart of 32 laptops and/or iPads for each student. Classes are taught in two-hour blocks, using the Blended Model station structure. With a maximum of 32 students in a classroom, I am able to teach 16 students in a small collaborative setting at a time. With the current technology in my classroom, students are unable to fully participate in the lesson, unless it’s on the whiteboard, which is time-consuming to repeatedly set up and erase. Even with all of the tools to help the learning process, students are unable to take complete ownership of their learning without a document camera, which, I believe, will increase their retention and instill a sense of pride in their work.

I am a firm believer that the growth mindset is an important key to success. Growth mindset is the belief that students are in control of their ability to learn and succeed. Since the first day of school, I have always repeated that I believe in my students and how much they are loved and respected. Though many students are considered “disadvantaged”, it does not mean that they are incapable of success. This proposal will provide an opportunity for students to take ownership in the lesson and equipment. Having a document camera will make students feel a sense of ownership in the equipment and lesson because students will respect the technology and take pride in the tool that allows them to display their work proudly in front of their peers.

As an English-Language Arts teacher, I believe that images and texts must be displayed, in order to enhance the process of learning. In order for this to happen in my class, texts and images must be revised, edited, and praised. While teaching the Cornell note style, I would love to allow students to show their peers how they were taking notes so they could learn from each other. This versatility and spontaneity sets the document camera apart from other classroom tools, such as PowerPoint presentations, electronic boards and white boards, all of which can be limiting. After modeling presentations, I can allow students to create their own presentations to be used with the camera, which will increase retention because their peers are teaching them, instead of me.

How the $150 would be spent:

The $150 will be spent on an Ipevo Ziggi-HD Plus High-Definition USB Document Camera (CDVU-06IP) from Amazon.com. The cost of this document camera is $99, plus the three-year protection plan for $13.21, which would total $112.21. The remaining money would be spent on miscellaneous classroom supplies.

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#GivingTuesday: Miss K’s Sensory Implementation Project

Help KDP fund a Classroom Teacher Grant for “Miss K’s Sensory Implementation Project”, a Classroom Project by Kathryn Zimmerman. She teaches 6th – 8th grade and has 1 year of teaching experience.

image_zimmerman-kathryn-1Application for Funding:

My name is Kathryn Zimmerman and I have been a member of Kappa Delta Pi for about four years now. I have been actively involved within my chapter for my entire college career. I graduated from Fitchburg State University this past May. I am so happy to say that I will be the Student Support Center Special Education Teacher for 17 students with behavioral challenges in Samoset Middle School from grades 6-8. My classroom serves as a “retreat” for students who feel the need to leave the typical educational classrooms when they feel they need to because of behavioral challenges. The whole goal of my classroom is to provide a safe, comfortable, and educationally stimulating environment for students. I am so excited about beginning my career as a special educator and making lifelong education connections with my staff and students.

image_zimmerman-kathryn-2I walked into my classroom, ready to take on the world, but my classroom was empty, besides a few chairs and desks. As any educator knows, students will not thrive in a cold, empty classroom. As a recent college graduate, I have little to no extra money to spend on my classroom. I have already invested a bit of my own money I have made this summer to purchase sensory items, basic classroom tools such as pencils, markers, crayons, paper, and glue, and two sensory chairs. My students need so many more basic classroom materials, as well as sensory materials in order for them to succeed. Many of my students carry a lot of emotional baggage that stems from home which makes walking into school every day extremely hard for them. I strive to create a classroom that surrounds them will safety, security, comfort, and educational simulation. With the help of Kappa Delta Pi, I will be able to provide my students, not only calming physical items, but emotional stability that comes with a secure and comfortable environment.

How the $150 would be spent:

Our classroom will utilize the generous donation from Kappa Delta Pi by implementing a water play table for different sensory items such as water beads, oatmeal, and other allergy safe items. We will also utilize the chalkboard decals to personalize our classroom. I strive to provide a classroom that will make each and every student feel welcomed and a part of. One method, and my goals, of executing this goal are to have each student contribute to their classroom and make it their own by way of decorating. I have also requested tennis balls to put on the bottoms of my classroom chairs because some of my students have auditory processing disorders and the scraping of the chairs distracts them. Lastly, I requested for a light up flex ball so that I can have a balance of different auditory, visual, and kinesthetic sensory items for my students.

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#GivingTuesday: Wiggle Seats

Help KDP fund a Classroom Teacher Grant for “Wiggle Seats”, a Classroom Manipulatives project by Kristy Hixon. She teaches 4th grade and has 13 years of teaching experience.

image_hixon-kristy-1Application for Funding:

This year school, I have a large amount of students who have been diagnosed with ADHD. Because of this, many are constantly up walking around the class and just can’t sit in their seats for long periods of time. After much thought and research, I have found that the use of wiggle seats would reduce this problem and allows students the ability to sit for longer periods of time.

How the $150 would be spent:

I plan on purchasing 10 Fitness and Balance Disc Seats to use as wiggle seats in my classroom.

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#GivingTuesday: Integrating Technology

Help KDP fund a Classroom Teacher Grant for “Integrating Technology”, a Classroom Manipulatives project by Katie Heath. She teaches Pre-K–4th grade and has 6 years of teaching experience.

Application for Funding:

This year my school has an initiative to expand the ways in which we integrate technology into our curriculum. My role over the last year has changed from the Elementary Librarian to the Elementary Media Specialist and Ed Tech Coach. A large part of this new role is to help classroom teachers integrate technology into their existing curriculum in meaningful ways. We understand and value the importance of STEAM concepts and are working to incorporate these ideas into what we are already teaching.

As my school is looking at ways in which we can enhance and integrate technology, we are in need of additional resources. As we have researched options for bringing engaging STEM and STEAM lessons into our classrooms, we often find that the additional resources will require outside funding other than what is allocated in our budget. Brad Currie’s article Transforming Lessons with Technology states, “The idea is that learning tools are available in abundance, and teachers can choose the ones they believe would work best with their students given their school policies and current resources” (Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2013). We agree with Currie’s statement and believe that this classroom teacher grant will allow us to provide another learning tool to our teachers.

If this classroom teacher grant is approved, the money would be used to purchase a Bee-Bot and two accompanying curriculum mats (Number Line and U.S. Coins mats). I was fortunate to receive a classroom teacher grant last year, which allowed my school to purchase a Dash and Dot robot. These robots were very well received and both our teachers and students were excited about using them. Bee-Bot is a similar resource but is geared much more towards younger students. The enrollment at my school has increased since last year and we are seeing the most growth in our early childhood program (preschool through first grade). We are hoping to purchase a Bee-Bot to allow us to integrate technology in a hands-on, tangible way just as we did with the Dash and Dot robots. The upper elementary classes have had great success using Dash and Dot and we are excited for a similar opportunity for our younger students.

According to the Bee-Bot website, “Bee-Bot is an exciting new robot designed for use by young children. This colorful, easy-to-operate, and friendly little robot is a perfect tool for teaching sequencing, estimation, and problem-solving and just have fun!” We have decided that in addition to the Bee-Bot robot itself, we would like to purchase at least two of the accompanying curriculum mats, the number line mat and the U.S. coins mat. By investing in these mats, I believe we will also be able to use the Bee-Bot robot with some of our upper elementary students to reinforce key math skills. Both mats would allow teachers to use technology to address state standards in some of the largest math concepts that are revisited year after year.

How the $150 would be spent:

The $150 will be spent to purchase one Bee-Bot robot ($89.95). We will also purchase one Number Line Mat ($29.95) and one U.S. Coins Mat ($29.95) to use in conjunction with the Bee-Bot. The robot and the two mats cost $149.85. With the estimated shipping cost of $11, the total expense for this project will be $160.85. I am prepared to cover the additional costs out of pocket.

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#GivingTuesday: Art in the Functional Classroom

Help KDP fund a Classroom Teacher Grant for “Art in the Functional Classroom”, a Classroom Manipulatives project by Beth Shoults. She teaches 9th – 12th grade and has 4 years of teaching experience.

Application for Funding:

My students need supplies to express themselves artistically and have access to instructional materials which will be used to create anchor charts to deepen their knowledge. We need pencils, paper and more. My students are diagnosed with a range of disabilities from Intellectual Disability, Autism, and various physical impairments. However, the disability does not define them and they have a passion for life and learning new things. They seek to become better students and people through school. Money for school supplies is not abundant for families. My students are accustomed to having to use sub-par materials, but they deserve better.

How the $150 would be spent:

These supplies will be used to allow students to explore their artistic abilities and express themselves through art. Students will also use these supplies to explore leisure activities they are interested in. Providing my students with the opportunity to explore new areas of art that they are not accustomed could light a spark which they otherwise would not have been exposed to. It could lead to a new passion or career path. The chart paper and easel will be used in classroom instruction of all content material and provide students with a point of reference to look to when content is presented to them. The oil pastels will provide our students with other mediums to use besides crayons and markers to create their art pieces.

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#GivingTuesday: TV Turnoff

Help KDP fund a Classroom Teacher Grant for “TV Turnoff”, a Classroom Project by Amy Popp. She teaches K – 5th grade and has 8 years of teaching experience.

image_popp-amy-1Application for Funding:

Tuscan School, an elementary school, in Maplewood, New Jersey, would like to expand the TV Turnoff program. This year marks the fourteen year of TV Turnoff at Tuscan School. Tuscan was the first school in the South Orange-Maplewood School District to run this event. It has been successful year after year. However, we would like to attract even more students to the program and to do that we would like to publicize it more.

image_popp-amy-2Tuscan’s annual TV Turnoff program is comprised of three levels: gold, silver, and bronze. On the gold level, students may only watch TV during the weekends; on silver they may watch a half hour of TV Monday through Thursday in addition to weekend viewing; and on bronze, students may watch an hour of TV Monday through Thursday and then throughout the weekend. The program encourages participation in other activities besides TV such as reading, athletics, educational computer games, cooking, crafts, etc. At Tuscan, students and parents love this program.

image_popp-amy-3With this grant, we would like to expand publicity for TV Turnoff at our school. We would like to create banners in the school for TV Turnoff; produce bookmarks publicizing TV Turnoff; and purchase small prizes for students that participate in TV Turnoff.

How the $150 would be spent:

The $150 grant will be spend on materials to publicize TV Turnoff.

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#GivingTuesday: OSRT Research Project

Help KDP fund a Classroom Teacher Grant for “OSRT Research Project”, a Classroom Project by Shawn Dixon. She teaches sophomores in high school and has 10 years of teaching experience.

image_dixon-shawnApplication for Funding:

I am applying for this scholarship to possibly take away an expense for college students. It is not much money but it is another out of pocket expense for them. I am wanting to help them out so they can participate in a couple of events with this one project that they are required to do. The first will be with the college symposium and it will give the students a trial run with their projects. The second is the Oklahoma Society of Radiologic Technologists student research projects. Both entries go toward their clinical grades but the second will offer monetary prizes. The need is going to be for funds that can purchase the students’ display boards and any accessories.

How the $150 would be spent:

The $150 will be spent on providing or reimbursing students with the money to purchase display boards (and accessories) for research projects.

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