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Thursday, April 7, 2016

STEM, STEAM, GRANTS... Oh My!

     I got some great news today strolling through the faculty lounge.  I saw I had some items in my teacher box and found a letter from AEP the power company.  I'm sure the secretaries were wondering why I would get my power bill sent to school!  But.. I opened it to see an awesome letter notifying me that I had been chosen for a grant I applied for call the Teacher Vision Grant.  I'm sure for many teachers out there, it isn't that big of a deal, but for me WOO HOO!  Man I am thrilled!

My grant is for $500 for STEM/STEAM use.  What I am doing is going to be so much fun for the kids.  I used the grant to purchase an iPad mini, a protective case, an iPod touch, and a View Master virtual reality viewer.  My students are going to be making Aurasma's to turn our stagnant word wall into an augmented reality word wall.  Students will be making videos explaining the mathematical words and even solving problems for each word.  Students who are having trouble remembering a concept will be able to go back to the word wall and use a 3D viewer with iPod to scan the word they need help with and watch a video.

I am so excited about this project for my kids.  It will enable them to immerse themselves in learning and teaching others.  What is going on with your classroom?  I know it is near the end of the year, but what an amazing year it has been!

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