Tuesday, July 10, 2012

YEF Grants

HMS staff is proud and excited to share information about four YEF grants! We’re grateful to the dedicated members who serve on this foundation, and make such an important, positive impact on our work.

As a surprise at the YES Grandparents' Celebration,  the YEF awarded Karen Renton, Kimberly Grover, and Erica Troy a grant for two iPads.  The iPads will travel between the k-7 general music classrooms, giving students the opportunity to reinforce music concepts through various music apps, and compose music using the "Symphony Pro" app. HMS students will use the iPads to compose music in Garageband, where the iPads will communicate with each other, creating one song.

The 7th grade science teachers are thrilled to have received a grant from the Yarmouth Educational Foundation to purchase two digital microscopes. The grant will provide them with the necessary technology to support teaching of several life science units. Digital microscopes will aid them in instructing students on proper focusing techniques, which will allow them to project, as well as capture still and moving images, improving both teaching and learning in our classrooms. The microscopes will be shared with other middle school teams when not in use.

Jenny Jorgensen, HMS Lead Math Teacher, and Kristina Walsh, HMS Special Educator, received two iPads that will be used to engage students struggling with math concepts. The students will have the opportunity to reinforce math concepts through various math apps and will use the  "Show Me" app. to record their thinking about math concepts. The students will have access to their recordings and can view them at any time, via their web access, as a way to refresh their memory about a math concept, or to improve what they originally recorded. The teachers will use the recordings to learn more about their students’ thinking, and to plan of future lessons.

The 7th grade math/ science teams received a grant for iPads and two ScreenFlow licenses. These grants will provide the necessary new technology to aid in their pursuit of their version of “Flipping the Classroom,” an innovative way of presenting certain material made popular by the Khan Academy site. Teachers and students will be using cutting edge technology to create helpful videos that will be used to preview, review, and guide students and parents through difficult concepts.

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