KEF director Mike Kofford attended the Glacier High School Speech & Debate Five Guys fundraiser on March 7th to make a donation of $200 to the travel fund for the team. Several of the national qualifiers were present as a full house of supporters came out to show their support for the students. Coach Greg Adkins (photo) poses with students.
Glacier High School
The KEF recently heard from Kerrie More at Glacier High School about her E-Read Cafe’ project. Here is some of what she had to share:
The lunchtime book club at GHS, “Read Café” was already in operation when we received the funding from KEF to incorporate the e-readers. Until then, we had been running out of books for the number of students who wanted to participate. Adding the Kindles allowed twelve more students to join the book club. Furthermore, it did so at a significant savings. Amazon allows up to six devices to be included on one account. Therefore, we purchase only two copies of the book in electronic format, yet we can add them to all twelve of our devices. Since we added the Kindles, I’m finding that many of the students who come to inquire about joining the book club are very excited to check out the e-readers. On the other hand, there are still some “traditionalists” who specifically ask for the hard copy. I’m so glad we can accommodate both preferences! The e-readers have been extremely effective for our program and have allowed us to raise the number of our participants. I have found no weaknesses to the program – only positives!
We used grant funding to purchase approximately $250 worth of book downloads in the form of Amazon gift cards that were uploaded to our GHS Kindle accounts. These gift cards are only used for titles used for “E-Read Café.” Our book club meets four times a year, which requires us to purchase about eight titles each year on the Kindles. It is my expectation that we will be able to sustain the e-readers for about two more years using the initial funding provided by KEF. Beyond that, we will use funds generated from our fines and fees account, as well as from our book fair, to keep the book club going for years to come!
Many thanks to KEF for helping us purchase e-readers for the students at GHS. Their addition to turned “Read Café” into “E-Read Café” and had expanded our program in a positive way!
Kirsten Pevey recently turned in her final report for her KEF funded 2012-13 project at Peterson Elementary School in Kalispell. Some of the successes outlined in that report included:
- The writing station provided students with more opportunities to draft, edit, and revise their works. Students were seamlessly able to access their work on the school computer lab from home through an internet connection. 73% of her class voluntarily chose to complete classroom assignments outside of the school setting.
- The Common Core standards specify that 5th grade students should be able to, with some guidance, use technology to produce and publish a two-page written work in collaboration with others that demonstrates sufficient command of keyboarding skills. By the end of the year, 88% of her students were either proficient or advanced.
- Student groups researched projects that included maps and photos that they presented to their classmates.
- The class iPads allowed students instant access to information. Students were more willing to look things up on the iPads rather than go the library to figure out which reference book was relevant.
- Throughout the year students created a variety of projects including a commercial for an invention they created (using iMovie), a persuasive letter to their parents, compare and contrast papers, summary paragraphs, wax museum scripts, and twisted fairy tales using iPad apps. She provided passwords to parents so they could view their student’s works from home.
- Students regularly edited and revised their work on the iPads, making it easy to view works in progress and grade student papers. This eliminated the need for tedious paper and pencil revisions. One of the apps allowed students to record themselves reading their own writing, then listen to the audio for revisions. This proved to be a powerful tool.
The KEF would like to thank Kirsten for all her hard work and dedication.