#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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#GivingTuesday: Real-World Math

Help KDP fund a Classroom Teacher Grant for “Real-World Math”, a Classroom Manipulatives project by Karyna Cain. She teaches 5th grade and has 3 years of teaching experience.

Application for Funding:

Math is a difficult subject for many elementary students to grasp. Many times, the concepts seem abstract and the students are unable to attach what they have learned to real-world examples. Being able to teach these concepts to students and give them the tools to apply these concepts in various situations is crucial. This is why I am very excited to apply for this grant!

When I can make math more exciting, and relevant then my students will almost always be more engaged. They will also retain the knowledge better! The manipulatives kit I am requesting with my grant money is called the Real World Math Problem Solving Kit. It includes menus for restaurants, sports scores, party planning materials etc. These supplemental materials will help students apply many different concepts they have learned in math and put these concepts into practice. They will be able to use their imagination, plus learn!

The math scores of my students, and many around the country, are low. These scores reflect a disinterest in learning as well as a disconnect when it comes to bringing the excitement back to numbers. Parents are also disengaged, which makes it difficult for students to really grasp the knowledge outside of the classroom. With this kit, my hope is to teach my students how to apply what they have learned and use their comprehension skills to “think outside of the box”.

How the $150 would be spent:

$150 will be spent on the Real World Math Problem Solving kit (Lakeshore Learning website) and the Math Dice Tub (Lakeshore Learning).

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#GivingTuesday: Peace Corps Pen Pals

Help KDP fund a Classroom Teacher Grant for “Peace Corps Pen Pals”, a Classroom Project by Karen Krzystof-Bansley. She teaches 6th grade and has 17 years of teaching experience.

Application for Funding:

I will encourage my students to be global citizens through having a Peace Corps pen pal. Amber Wong is currently stationed in the Philippines. My class had a pen pal relationship with her last year. She is in contact with us through mail and email. We also keep updated about her work through following her blog. Using the United Nations sustainable goals, the students will learn about the needs of the community in the Philippines and try to come up with an action plan to help solve one of the issues they face.

How the $150 would be spent:

$40 would be spent on postage throughout the school year to send packages to Amber in the Philippines. $30 of the grant would be spent on small gifts to Amber to distribute in the schools there that would be based on need. Finally, $80 would be spent to support a project that will help the community in which Amber lives. She has said that the following are areas of concern: clean water and sanitation, responsible consumption and production, climate actions, and life below water. I would like to brainstorm with my students how we could help the community.

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#GivingTuesday: Professional Interview Clothing

Help KDP fund a Classroom Teacher Grant for “Professional Interview Clothing”, a Student Outreach Support project by Kimberly Clayton. She teaches sophomore through senior high school students and has 7 years of teaching experience.

Application for Funding:

image_clayton-kimberly-1I work at a Simon Youth Academy location in Katy, Texas. We are a brand new campus this year and have only been open for several weeks. Our campus specializes in dropout recovery and encouraging students to return to school to finish their high school diplomas.

We currently serve approximately 25 students, almost all of whom are low income and at risk students due to a variety of factors such as pregnancy, homelessness, and difficult family situations. We anticipate that our campus will grow within 1 year to serve our capacity of 150 students.

One of my main focuses as a Career and Technology instructor is to educate students in skills necessary for employment and to assist students in locating part time employment. Most of my students do not have access to professional outfits to wear to job interviews.

My mission is to create a clothes bank of clothing pieces for both boys and girls suitable for job interviews that can be borrowed as needed. Currently, employees have been bringing in clothing from their own closets to satisfy this need but the greatest need is for professional maternity clothing as none of our staff members have any of this type of clothing. We have sent one pregnant student on a job interview in clothing that was tight and uncomfortable.

It is my hope that we will be able to supplement our clothing bank with some basic maternity pieces. I am seeking a $150 grant in order to be able to provide a professional maternity outfit for our pregnant students to wear to job interviews. Thank you for your consideration.

How the $150 would be spent:

The $150 grant will be used to purchase professional dress items that can be lent out to students to wear for job interviews. The greatest need on our campus is currently maternity items. I can purchase a pair of dress pants, a skirt, a blouse, and a dress through motherhood.com for approximately $150.

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#GivingTuesday: Flexible Seating for Active Students

Help KDP fund a Classroom Teacher Grant for “Flexible Seating for Active Students”, a Classroom Manipulatives project by Erin Muffler. She teaches Kindergarten and has 6 years of teaching experience.

Application for Funding:

My students need flexible seating to meet their individual needs within the classroom. We strive to create a personalized learning environment where students have options that work best with how they learn. We need balance ball seats, floor cushions, and wobble seats as options for seating during the school day.

How the $150 would be spent:

The $150 would be used to buy 12 different flexible seating options for the classroom.   These seating options will allow students to activate core muscles as they do their academic work, therefore allowing the kindergarten students to get their “wiggles” out!

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#GivingTuesday: Spanish Novels for Spanish Readers

Help KDP fund a Classroom Teacher Grant for “Spanish Novels for Spanish Readers”, a Classroom Manipulatives project by Crystal Mallett. She teaches 8th – 12th grade and has 12 years of teaching experience.

Application for Funding:

Rapides High School has a significant Hispanic population, making up more than 20% of the total school enrollment. Every year we enroll more students who speak little to no English. Meeting our school-wide focus of literacy improvement is difficult when students do not speak English.

We understand, however, that these students do have academic strengths in their native language. While our English as a Second Language staff works to help these students learn English, it is simultaneously important for those students to continue to grow intellectually so that skills mastered in the native language can be transferred to English as they learn the new language. We have found a fair bit of success with our male Spanish-speaking students since most of them enjoy books that currently exist in our library, like The Hunger Games trilogy and The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Our female students, however, are generally not as interested in those types of books. Our female English-speaking students have expressed tremendous interest in the Kiera Cass Selection series. Of the three volumes the library currently owns in English, rarely is more than one to be found on the shelf at any given time.

In addition, having access to Spanish versions of books of interest to their English-speaking age peers gives Spanish-speaking students a common ground to explore with their classmates, creating a sense of belonging where they once might have felt isolated.

The primary focus of the ESL program is to help students learn to speak and adapt to a society that primarily speaks English. Having books available in Spanish creates a sense of comfort for native Spanish speakers who find themselves in a world they know little to nothing about and in which they are able to communicate with only a small, limited number of people. Having the same books available in English allows the students to compare the language and identify nuances and characteristics unique to each language. This serves as a bridge to help Spanish speakers as they learn English while also respecting their native language and abilities.

The recent addition of the Accelerated Reader program to our school library and literature classes and the purchase of Spanish content for that program allows teachers at Rapides High to evaluate Spanish speakers reading and comprehension skills in both English and Spanish. This allows teachers to measure students’ growth across small and large time periods, from one week to the next or across an entire school year. Likewise, having students test on the same book in two languages can help teachers to identify where breakdowns in learning are occurring as ESL students work to become proficient in reading, speaking, and writing the English language. This allows both ESL and instructional faculty to individualize both classroom instruction and tiered interventions. Dual-language literature that is both high interest and low level for struggling readers serves as a building block toward building that proficiency in English while still respecting the students’ native language, culture, and abilities.

How the $150 would be spent:

The $150 grant would be used to purchase Spanish language novels that correspond to English language novels currently in the school library.

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#GivingTuesday: Math Alive!

Help KDP fund a Classroom Teacher Grant for “Math Alive!”, a Classroom Project by Brenda Mescher. She teaches 6th and 7th grade and has 13 years of teaching experience.

Application for Funding:

image_mescher-brenda-1I would like to purchase three digital cameras for my 7th grade math class.

Every day, while teaching math, I always stress the importance of the math concept and how we can use it each and every day and how it is applicable. The truth is, math is EVERYWHERE! I would love to have the cameras in my classroom so that throughout the year, for various lessons, we can “capture” the math to make it come alive and document the applicable concepts as a means of assessment and understanding for the students.

There are so many examples, including, but not limited to: capturing various angles around the school to then use for measurement and other geometric calculations; finding examples of use of integers, such as staircases; documenting various shapes to then be used for perimeter, area, and scaling practice; documenting various scenery to be used within a coordinate grid to then find the line to graph to match it, etc! The opportunities are endless! Having three cameras on hand at all times, would help to grab and go to capture to help keep math alive and applicable! What a cool way for the students to gain better understanding and use of math concepts and terminology!

How the $150 would be spent:

It will be spent on three digital cameras. If there is money to spare, it can be used on extra memory cards or cases for the cameras.

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