The library is a place where inquiry and discovery are encouraged. Children’s naturally curious minds are constantly wondering about the world around them. “What is the tallest building in the world?” When looking at a fisherman proudly holding up a fish in a picture book about the ocean, “Is that a piranha?” “How do you build a cardboard car?” Having iPads easily accessible will empower students to find their own answers, whether it be by using the online catalog to find a book or using one of our subscription databases and online encyclopedias. NEF will be funding three iPad Airs with covers, plus one iPad charging station.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.