Ten Classrooms Jump Start The Year With Mimio Technology
This past July and August, more than 150 teachers applied for the DYMO/Mimio Jump Start Grant – a grant meant to give teachers with limited resources an opportunity to “jump start” their classrooms with MimioClassroom™ teaching tools. The winners received one MimioTeach™ interactive system, one MimioView™ document camera, one MimioPad™ wireless tablet, and an onsite demo and training. “The winners were chosen based on need, their implementation and dissemination plan, and overall creativity,” says Magen McGahee, leader of Federal Programs and District Initiatives.
Even though some of the teachers hadn’t had direct experience with MimioClassroom products before, they had seen demos of them at trade shows or on YouTube. “It was clear that the applicants did a lot of research,” says Magen, “and some of them really went above and beyond.” Overall, the winners went into great detail as to how they would deliver content with MimioClassroom products, and how the grant would help them to make their lessons more interactive and engaging.
The Jump Start Grant was a unique opportunity because it gave individual teachers a chance to apply, rather than requiring a school or a district application.
Fifth-grade teacher Julie Bass says that the Jump Start Grant was the first grant she had ever applied for. “The process was much easier than I thought it would be,” she says. She even wrote a poem describing why she wanted MimioClassroom technology for her classroom (see below), and she designed some sample math lessons to show how she would incorporate real-world math activities into her classroom. “Sometimes math can be dry,” she explains, “and incorporating fun activities not only helps my students better grasp the concepts – it also helps them understand why the lessons are important. I just got my Mimio equipment and my kids can’t sit still – they are so excited.”
For kindergarten teacher Rebecca Penina Simon, winning the Jump Start Grant will help her keep her students interested and motivate them to become active participants in her classroom. “Although children use technology, their attention span is so short – especially in kindergarten. To reach my students, I need to present lessons that are stimulating and rich in content. The Jump Start Grant will enable me to do that.” In her winning grant application, Simon detailed how MimioClassroom technology would enable her to accomplish her goals. “At first I thought that applying would be difficult. But I attended a Mimio Grant Writing Workshop at the ISTE 2011 Conference in Philadelphia, PA this summer, where I learned how to write a grant proposal and how NOT to write one. It was really helpful.”
Before becoming a Reading/Spanish teacher, Denise Dickens was a missionary for 20 years in Belize and Guatemala, making do with very basic classroom materials. “You cannot imagine how exciting it is for me to get away from dusty chalkboards and actually get my hands on an interactive whiteboard!” says Dickens. The Jump Start Grant will help Dickens prepare her students for the Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test in a way that is engaging, productive, and rewarding. “Now that I have the Mimio products,” she says, “I can't wait to start using them.”
Congratulations to all of the DYMO/Mimio Jump Start Grant winners!
2011 Jump Start Grant Recipients
Denise L. Dickens, Reading/Spanish Teacher, Francis Marion Military Academy, Ocala, FL
Poem by Grant Winner Julie Bass
Here’s a little story I just have to tell
But when she looks out, all that she can see
If she could have a few technology advances in her room
She would use the Mimio whiteboard for more class participation
A document camera would be useful with the textbook
DYMO/Mimio is pleased to invite all K-12 education entities to apply for a competitive grant, Bridging the Gap. Two winning applicants will each receive the following:
Applications for the latest DYMO/Mimio grant are being accepted until 5:00 PM EST on November 25, 2011. Note that any questions regarding the grant are due by October 28, 2011 at 5:00 PM EST.
Featured Educator is back!
These interactivity pioneers are utilizing MimioClassroom products to create truly exciting learning environments. We are proud to profile these exceptional teachers in our "Featured Educator" series. Watch this month’s Featured Educator, Scott Everhart, use MimioClassroom tools in his classroom in this two-minute video.
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