2007 Qwest Foundation Teaching & Technology Grants
Karen Bennie, Barbara Miller
Bemiss Elementary, Spokane Public Schools, ESD 101
In “Classroom 2.0”, created by Bennie and Miller, fourth graders venture into online publishing where they share new understandings, discuss compelling issues and publish their learning for others’ consideration. Students grapple with the real issues of online publishing, scientific research, peer review and synthesizing their thinking into rich media productions aimed at teaching diverse audiences what they know.
Naches Valley Intermediate School, Naches SD, ESD 105
Lani has developed a dynamic learning project that will build on her students’ facility with the school’s Math World blog. Her learning goals are specific, designed to expand knowledge of math and communication, and build a new literacy with technology integration. Students will journal about their math activities, discuss problems and solutions, ask questions and respond online as classmates jump into the conversation. They will solve new problems through Internet research and report their findings on the blog. All class activities are designed to align with state standards for educational technology, math and communication.
Patty O'Flynn, Kash VanCleef
Woodland High School, Woodland SD, ESD 112
More than 230 9th – 12th grade students at Woodland High School will benefit from O’Flynn and VanCleef’s leadership in integrating “real time” student response systems into the classroom environment. O’Flynn and VanCleef have shared the system with other teachers in the school. Teachers have immediate feedback from students and are able to more closely zero in on problem spots in learning. Based on the feedback, and the resulting changes in teaching, 100% of the students in O’Flynn's class passed the math WASL.
Brian Wright, Edward Basset, Caloway Kagan
Olympia High School, Olympia SD, ESD 113
Chemistry teachers at Olympia High School will use the grant to create a Mobile Data Collection Library (MDCL) to increase student access to learning technologies and encourage exploration both in and out of the classroom. The MDCL will be moved from class to class to serve more than 1400 of OHS’s 1800 students. Students are challenged to learn 21st century technologies so that they will be able to solve the 21st century’s future problems. Last year, 63% of OHS sophomores passed the science WASL, compared to the state average of 35%.
Cottonwood Elementary, Central Kitsap SD, Olympic ESD 114
CNN – Cottonwood News Network: Calliham believes that students are not only explorers of knowledge, but the producers of future knowledge. Through the grant, 400 students at the elementary school will produce an innovative multimedia news program called CNN “Cottonwood News Network”. Fifth graders will become peer tutors for first graders, helping them with their own classroom based assessment. The program is designed to help kids become civic-minded, inquisitive, creative and technology competent. CNN will produce school-wide broadcasts, involving all kids in a fully-functioning “company structure” similar to a news company.
Arbor Heights Elementary, Seattle Public Schools, Puget Sound ESD
Ahlness has introduced blogging to 3rd graders in his literacy class and as he says, “In my 25 years of teaching, I have never seen anything even come close to motivating students to write like blogging does.” The motivation is an audience – his students interact with journalists, professionals and scientists all over the world. Students’ content is monitored and edited to receive feedback. Because of the explosion of copy his 3rd graders started writing, they recently presented and read their pieces at a “Writers Night Out” event hosted at a local Tully’s and attended by writers from all over the region.
The grant will be used to encourage blogging, start kids pod casting from home (with supervision from parents), collaboratively writing and solving math problems online, creating their own “wiki”, producing and creating DVD’s documenting class plays, dramatic readings and original works of the students.
William Wiley Elementary, Richland SD, ESD 123
Fourth graders in Walker’s class organized into “food groups” and then developed PowerPoint presentations using food web animation. By dropping digital photos into their slide show, they created an animated cartoon of animals preying on one another in the food cycle. Students from other classrooms joined in to learn about the habitat project.
Kenroy Elementary, Eastmont SD, North Central ESD 171
Paquette asked her 2nd graders to pretend for a moment that they were a biologist who had just discovered a new species of bat. How would they go about knowing it was “new” and then how would they share this information with the world? From this single question, students headed for the Web and began developing a newsletter to share their learnings with their parents and creating online “Bat Expert” journals. As Paquette says, “The teacher went from being the dispenser of information to the students being the leaders and teachers.”
Martha Thornburgh, Teresa Vaughn, Michael Guelker-Cone, Mary Nowicki-Sullivan
Lincoln Elementary, Mount Vernon SD, Northwest ESD 189
Fifth grade math students at Lincoln Elementary are using video and graphics tablets to demonstrate their thinking and problem-solving process to share with others. Their movies are posted to the web and archived for other students and future class lessons. Students learn problem solving skills from each other, versus simply learning answers. Information is shared through the school’s interactive “wiki”. Students interact with each other to collaboratively solve problems, but they are also interacting with students around the world, including students in Kenya, Ecuador and Indonesia.
At-Large - Elise Mueller
Larrabee Elementary, Bellingham SD, Northwest ESD 189
Elise designed several learning projects for her third, fourth and fifth graders to run in parallel throughout the school year. One project will meet the learning goals of state communication standards by having students create podcasts that run the gamut from book reports and musical performances to presentations of class projects. Optical illusions will preoccupy another group of students who will create videos to prove our senses aren’t always right and meet a science standard that calls for inquiry and analysis of human problems in social contexts. Math Man is the name of a third project that will see Elise’s youngest students produce claymation videos. They are working on a math standard that asks them to share, explain and defend mathematical ideas.