Northborough Education Foundation

In Support of Our Schools

Northborough Education Foundation - In Support of Our Schools

2015 Funded Project: Getting Into Learning with Green Screens and Video (Melican Middle School)

NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, NEF VP Kirsten Forbush, Melican Middle School Principal Michelle Karb (accepting for Jennifer Trombino), NEF President Marile Borden

NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, NEF VP Kirsten Forbush, Melican Middle School Principal Michelle Karb (accepting for Jennifer Trombino), NEF President Marile Borden

Melican Middle School students will use Chromebooks and green screen technology to really “get into their learning” by taking video footage of themselves superimposed over real images. Using green screen technology to transform the learning process enables students to appear to be virtually anywhere in the universe. Projects could involve a student flying through the universe explaining the properties of stars and planet, or students standing inside of ancient ruins articulating the structural qualities and approaches used by their builders. NEF will be funding 10 Chromebooks for this project.

2015 Funded Project: Fluency with Chromebooks in the Foreign Language Classroom (Melican Middle School)

NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, NEF VP Kirsten Forbush, Melican teachers Hillary Novitski and Elise Bradley, NEF President Marile Borden

NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, NEF VP Kirsten Forbush, Melican teachers Hillary Novitski and Elise Bradley, NEF President Marile Borden

Computer technology can be used in the foreign language classroom to enhance language acquisition, support the content, and provide motivation and promote student engagement. Students will use the free website, Voki, to create talking avatars in our classrooms and practice speaking fluency in the target language. Students will additionally use the Chromebooks for practice on Quizlet.com, cultural webquests, and listening and video activities that supplement the curriculum. NEF will be funding five Chromebooks for the Foreign Language department.

2015 Funded Project: Let’s Celebrate (Zeh School)

NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, NEF President, Marile Borden, Zeh teacher Mary Lincoln, NEF VP Kirsten Forbush

NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, NEF President, Marile Borden, Zeh teacher Mary Lincoln, NEF VP Kirsten Forbush

Culturally conscious biographies expose students to the struggles, triumphs, and distinct experiences of diverse cultural icons. The use of these biographies in guided reading groups strengthens students’ intercultural awareness, teaches multiple historical perspectives, and encourages critical thinking. This project will enable students to learn about historical representations of a wide range of cultures, gain an understanding of biography as a genre, and build their knowledge of the common characteristics shared by famous historical figures. NEF will be funding the purchase of 56 books.

2015 Funded Project: Digging Deeper-Developing Digital Literacy (Zeh School)

NEF VP Kirsten Forbush, NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, Zeh School Librarian MaryEllen Remillard, NEF President Marile Borden

NEF VP Kirsten Forbush, NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, Zeh School Librarian MaryEllen Remillard, NEF President Marile Borden

The grant will be used to purchase 10 Chromebooks and a Chromebook cart, which will be housed in the Zeh School library and dedicated to students in all grade levels working on collaboratively taught group projects to teach students digital literacy skills. The projects will teach students not only how to use technology but more importantly how to understand and determine accurate information and how to successfully communicate their knowledge to others.

2015 Funded Project: Mobile Spaces (Peaslee School)

NEF VP Kristen Forbush, NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, NEF President Marile Borden, Peaslee Librarian Nancy Kellner, Peaslee Tech Specialist Nick Greenwood

NEF VP Kirsten Forbush, NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, NEF President Marile Borden, Peaslee Librarian Nancy Kellner, Peaslee Tech Specialist Nick Greenwood

STEAM learning comes to Peaslee School via Mobile Makerspaces. Students will be able to tinker, build, create, design, invent, solve problems and learn in a self-guided environment using a combination of high-tech and low-tech tools. Funded items include Bee-Bots, Lego WeDo, Little Bits and Osmos.

 

2014 Funded Project: Creating and Applying Augmented Reality in ELA and Library

Project Based Learning with Portable iPads Award:  Marile Borden, NEF President; Pat Montimurro, Melican Middle School Principal; Amy Staunton, NEF Treasurer.

Project Based Learning with Portable iPads Award: Marile Borden, NEF President; Pat Montimurro, Melican Middle School Principal; Amy Staunton, NEF Treasurer.

Granted: Funding to purchase three iPads

Summary Description: Students at Melican Middle School  will use iPads and augmented reality technology to create multimedia projects. The project files are embedded in a “trigger image” that allows the multimedia project to be viewed when the image is scanned with a mobile device. Using augmented reality technology provides an innovative and enhanced means for publishing and sharing student work and school news with the whole school community.

 

2014 Funded Project: Continued Development of 21st Century Skills: Project Based Learning with Portable iPads

Continued Development of 21st Century Skills: PBL with Portable iPads Grant:  Amy Staunton, NEF Treasurer; Margaret Donohoe, Proctor Principal; Marile Borden, NEF President; Sylvia Pabreza, Proctor School Reading Specialist; Mandy Sharpe, Proctor School Special Education Teacher

Continued Development of 21st Century Skills: PBL with Portable iPads Grant: Amy Staunton, NEF Treasurer; Margaret Donohoe, Proctor School Principal; Marile Borden, NEF President; Sylvia Pabreza, Proctor School Reading Specialist; Mandy Sharpe, Proctor School Special Education Teacher

Granted:  Funding to purchase three iPads plus protection plans.

Summary Description:  By increasing the number of iPads available to Proctor School students,  staff members will have flexibility in using them for whole class, small group, or individual lessons across all curriculum areas. iPads facilitate the use of Project Based learning activities where students work collaboratively to tackle complex problems that may have multiple solutions. Teachers will access all or part of the lab to facilitate the development of the 21st century skills which need to be addressed in the Common Core State Standards.

2014 Funded Project: Northborough/Southborough Children’s Book Award

Granted: Funding for new books for a town wide reading contest.

Summary Description:  The Northborough/Southborough Children’s Book Award  (NSCBA) Program is a cooperative venture among the school and public libraries in Northborough and Southborough. The program is for children in grades 3-5. In late November, the librarians vote on a list of 10 books to include as nominees for this award. Children have from mid-February until mid-May to read at least 3 (hopefully more) of the books. Then the children vote for their favorite. The book with the most votes is announced the NSCBA winner, and the author is notified via letter.

2014 Funded Project: Northborough Reads Together-Community Reading Day

Northborough Reads Together-Community Reading Day Grant: Marile Borden, NEF President; Jennifer Parson, Lincoln Street School Principal; Margaret Donohoe, Proctor School Principal; Pat Montimurro, Melican Middle School Principal; Amy Staunton, NEF Treasurer

Northborough Reads Together-Community Reading Day Grant: Marile Borden, NEF President; Jennifer Parson, Lincoln Street School Principal; Margaret Donohoe, Proctor School Principal; Pat Montimurro, Melican Middle School Principal; Amy Staunton, NEF Treasurer

Granted: Funding for new books, for approximately 80 classrooms, to be used by community members to read on Community Reading Day.

Summary Description: Northborough Reads Together – Community Reading Day, will bring all of our students pre-K through 8th grade together to celebrate literacy in a distinctive manner as guest readers from the town, business, and school communities visit the schools. The books selected to celebrate this event will be used for reading enjoyment and curriculum enhancement for many years.

2014 Funded Project: Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning - Lincoln Street School Award:  Marile Borden, NEF President, Jennifer Parson, Principal; Amy Staunton, NEF Treasurer

Project Based Learning – Lincoln Street School Award: Marile Borden, NEF President, Jennifer Parson,  Lincoln Street School Principal; Amy Staunton, NEF Treasurer

Granted:  Funding to purchase site license for the PBL Project

Summary Description:  The PBL Project is an electronic resource offering students engaging, relevant learning opportunities. The set of electronic Common Core aligned lessons offers weekly “exercises” for students in all grades K-5 at Lincoln Street School. The lessons are designed to promote student growth in problem solving and higher level thinking. Each weekly scenario includes written information such as news articles, tables or other visuals for analysis, videos or other multimedia information for the students to process, and a question that the students must consider by using the given information. The final component of each lesson is the opportunity for students to present their opinion verbally and in writing, using the evidence that they have reviewed and analyzed.