Awards

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2000-2001 Grant Awards

First Annual Grants Competition Summaries of Approved Projects (18 Projects, 25 Teachers)

Special Thanks to the Donors who helped make these projects possible!

Bio Links
Monument Mountain, Grades 9-12, Dan Gray, 80 students. Teacher/student development of a web page with annotated links useful to life science students, and as a starting point for Internet-based research projects.

Communication 2001
Searles Middle School, Grades 6-8, Jan Berrick, 250 students. The school already has a successful program that gives students an opportunity to develop and practice skills for listening to others and expressing their own thoughts and ideas. This grant will enable the development of a web page to show a video of students discussing topics that have been addressed at school. Students will also ask questions from the privacy of their home computers. Schools around the state will be connected to share ideas on topics such as ethnic diversity and methods of conflict resolution.

Data Analyzers, Inc.
Monument Mountain/Rockport High, Grades 11-12, Eileen Christman, 60 students. Hands-on interdisciplinary project between a Marine Science/Biology class at Rockport and a Probability & Statistics class at Monument. Rockport will gather field data, and Monument will analyze. Pictures, videos and narratives will be used in the design of a web page in which students will report on the project, its methodology and conclusions. The report will be sent to appropriate manufacturers and advocacy groups.

Designing Web Pages for English and Math Departments
Monument Mountain, Grades 9-12, Bill Mooney & Kristi Farina, 700 students. Student-teacher collaboration to develop web pages for classes within these two departments. Functionality will include posting homework assignments and projects for viewing by students and their parents, links to other resources, on-line practice tests. Mentoring will be provided to teachers in other departments.

E-Measure Technology
Monument Mountain, Grade 9, Ted Vining & Liz Roberts, 50 students. Utilize Pasco electronic measurement to advance classroom investigations to the next level of complexity. For example, the effects of temperature and humidity on the speed of sound can be measured. The force of a model rocket engine can be accurately graphed, and students can calculate acceleration, velocity, and total impulse. With the wide discrepancy in math skills of entering freshmen, this capability will allow students to see the importance and application of math to scientific investigations, and will facilitate the use of mathematics in the analysis of experimental results.

HOME: History On the Move
Monument Mountain, Grade 10, Kara Staunton-Shron, 65 students. Development of a computer-based experiential learning program in which the U.S. History class will be "moving" around the country via the Internet to important locations and "meeting" with important historical people. Students will access primary documents and question experts. Each unit will end with a student-created Culminating Project in multimedia format.

Integration of Foundation Math and Career Math
Monument Mountain, Grade 9, Ted Collins & Art Mack, 20 students. Implement computer-enabled self-paced math course as stepping stone for freshman not having the skills to enter a high school level math class directly. Create a class web page with practical math links so that students can apply their new skills to real world problems, such as the stock market.

Kindergarten Weekly
Stockbridge Plain School, Kindergarten, Ann Kinne, 16 students. Develop and publish a site with information on class projects, upcoming events, fieldtrips, curriculum, and links. Students will see their best work published on the site. Site to be a model for other kindergarten classes in the District and beyond.

Middle School Science
Searles Middle School, Grades 7-8, Ray Zelehoski, Peter Jaworski, Randy Koldys, 200 students. Life Science and Earth Science teachers will work with students to create web-based PowerPoint notes on all study modules. The web sites will contain interactive question-and-answer sections to elicit questions and share responses across classes.

Multimedia Authoring
Stockbridge Plain School, Grades 4-5, Connie Dombrowski, 200 students. Train all 4th and 5th grade teachers and students in multimedia tools, to be used in all curriculum areas.

P.E. Fitness Technology
Monument Mountain, Grades 9-12, Al Cece, 700 students. Cross-disciplinary study potential with Science Department concerning anatomy and physiology. With muscular fitness and cardiovascular fitness program enhancements using PC-compatible exercise equipment, each student will be able to maintain a personal fitness profile. Students will also develop a web page with a fitness assessment tool to enable anyone to log on and assess his or her fitness level. Sites will be set up for children, teens, adults, and seniors, with topics for each group. Professional input will be welcomed from Fitness Express and Berkshire South Regional Community Center.

School Newspaper
Stockbridge Plain School, Grades 4-5, Donna Astion, 200 students. Students will develop a newspaper published to the Web. They will meet and forge relationships with practicing professionals in newspaper and website publishing.

Searles Art Gallery
Searles Middle School, Grades 6-8, Alice Keegan, 250 students. Teach students to use a digital camera, scanner, and editing equipment to create or enhance their artwork and publish it to an ever-changing web page art gallery.

Searles Fitness Club
Searles Middle School, Grades 6-8, Fred Erickson, Chris Congdon, Chip Vittum, 250 students. A middle school version of the fitness grant approved for Monument (above), all students will use fitness assessment software to create personal profiles of their fitness status, design personalized fitness training using software tools, determine proper training zones using heart rate monitors and adjusting exercise to healthy levels, and be motivated to achieve fitness goals by charting progress with fitness software.

Searles Spanish Web Site
Searles Middle School, Grades 6-8, David Heath, 250 students. Creation of a web site with the following features: posting of student work (written, oral and even short video productions) so that parents can track student progress and achievement from home; monthly calendar; homework; "clickable" chapter vocabulary words with proper pronunciation; sample chapter dialogues performed by students; links to Spanish language and music sites; student-produced "virtual tours" of Searles and Great Barrington, narrated in Spanish, for sharing with Mexican and Spanish "pal" schools.

Spanish Web Page
Monument Mountain, Grades 9-12, Dan Bouvier, 100 students. Teacher/student designed web page for posting homework, class and individual projects, self-correcting quizzes, and links of interest in the Spanish-speaking world.

The Mole Web Page
Monument Mountain, Grades 11-12, Nancy King, 120 students. Chemistry students, collaborating with Web Page Design students, will design a page to explore the numeric value of the Mole "in all its splendor." Students will interview working chemists, and chemistry students from other districts will be invited to interact through this web page. Proposed to serve as model for biology and physics classes' web pages.

Using the Web to Communicate with First Grade Parents
Housatonic Elementary School, Grade 1, Gloria Greaves, 11 students. Create a web page to increase communication between home and school, including displays of children's work, a seasonal newsletter, and a composite of the progression of a year's work for each student.

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