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Technology Enhancement for Foreign Languages
The purchase of a multi-norm videotape recorder capable of playing video tapes recorded in a variety of inter-national formats, a standard videotape recorder, a new color monitor and CD players updated the senior high foreign language learning labs. The foreign language labs are used by students from all district schools for the Advanced Placement and National Foreign Language exams. Approx-imately 1,500 students enrolled in foreign language courses at both high schools will continue to benefit on a regular basis.
Promoting Literacy Through Technology
The Wiggleworks program uses proven technology to promote literacy at Parkade School and increase reading levels each year for approximately 220 students in kindergarten through second grade. Wiggleworks consists of an effective interactive computer program used directly by the students in conjunction with stories in book form and on CD-ROMs.
Thirty basic electronic music keyboards permit entire classrooms of primary students at Benton Elementary School from pre-school through fifth grade to experience music training while enhancing academic achievement.
Provides partial funding for improved technology for secondary science classrooms. This project promotes the development of higher-level laboratory experiences, higher-level analysis and better quality products by students.
Making Books for Beginning Readers
Teachers and community volunteers make books for beginning readers using special equipment purchased with the Foundation Grant Award. The books were distributed among the elementary schools in the district. Teachers request texts appropriate for their particular student. This program adds to the amount of practice beginning readers have on texts at their level, and also allows them to take books home to practice.
West Boulevard Bobcat Summer Camp
This grant to West Boulevard Elementary provided supplemental support for a six-week camp during the summer for students in kindergarten to 5th grade. This program expands the instructional curriculum through reading and writing themes and special projects. The students are motivated to expand their knowledge into new areas. The camp provides extended learning opportunities, especially for at-risk students. A mobile word processing unit with 30 laptop stations was purchased.
This grant to Shepard Boulevard Elementary supported the creation of school-to-home learning kits. These kits take school home to encourage achievement by allowing children to work at their own pace and in their own way in a familiar environ-ment. This learning luggage links parents to the classroom in areas such as reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, and science. The kits are easily adapted as curriculum and children’s learning interests and needs change.
Books for Students
The Blue Ridge Elementary Media Center purchased books with the Foundation Grant Award that are interesting and up-to-date on subjects of interest to students. This enhances learning opportunities and improves learning skills.
This grant to the Hickman High School Library Media Center provides a mobile word processing unit with 30 laptop stations was purchased with the Grant Award. These highly portable word processors provide increased access to students for writing and editing at school, free up the computer lab for other needs, and provide a continuing resource for students without computer support at home.