Spring 2011 Classroom Improvement Grant Focus on Engaging Students in Learning

YOUNGSTOWN, OH – The Turning Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, in partnership with NBC Learn and Turning Technologies today announced the Spring 2011 Classroom Improvement Technology Grant. The goal of this joint effort is to help educators develop 21st Century classrooms and improve achievement by providing effective, engaging technology and professional development tools from multiple industry leading companies.

Turning Foundation Director, John Wilson stated, “With our third CIT grant, we’ve partnered with the educational division of one of the world’s leading news organizations. NBC Learn’s rich library of historic film and video archives combined with Turning Technologies’ student response system is an ideal solution for teachers to engage students in the learning process. We believe this grant award will positively impact learning outcomes and increase the overall success of students and teachers in the classroom. The Turning Foundation appreciates the contributions and involvement of both NBC Learn and Turning Technologies in our upcoming Classroom Improvement Technology Grant.”

Grant applications will be accepted from teachers in grades 3 – 12 who are currently teaching in an accredited, non-profit, public school building in the United States. Ten (10) classroom awards estimated at $3,500 each will be distributed. Each will include student response technology and subscriber access to NBC LEARN K-12.

Selected applicants will receive the following:

Turning Technologies, developer of interactive student response systems focused on engaging and motivating students while increasing achievement, will provide one 32-seat radio frequency student response system that includes: TurningPoint® and TurningPoint AnyWhere™ polling software suite, ResponseCard® RF LCD keypads, USB-based response RF receiver, QuestionPoint™ 2 – state-aligned question bank, customized carrying case and technical support.

NBC Learn, the education arm of NBC, makes the archival and current events resources of NBC News available to teachers, students, and schools. NBC LEARN K-12 makes over 12,000 video clips, documents, images and more available to teachers and students, all aligned to state standards and updated regularly. Original video content from NBC Learn is engaging, innovative, and makes learning fun! As a partner in the Classroom Improvement Grant, NBC Learn will provide a 1-year NBC LEARN K-12 subscription (starting in August 2011) for the entire building of the winning classroom grants to access the quality digital content.

“NBC Learn believes in the power of high-quality multimedia content to engage students and enliven classrooms,” said Soraya Gage, Executive Producer of NBC Learn. We are excited to partner with the Turning Foundation on these grants, in order to make these resources available to teachers and students along with a high-quality classroom assessment solution.”

Mike Broderick, Turning Technologies Founder and CEO commented, “Since our company’s inception, our goal has been to bring student response systems to the classroom and support student learning. We understood the power of real time data both as an engagement tactic and as an instructional tool. Combining our technology with the incredible content from NBC Learn is truly an exciting solution for today’s classrooms, and Turning is thrilled to be a long term partner in the Classroom Improvement Technology Grant.”

Teachers can submit their CIT grant applications through May 16, 2011. For more information, please visit: www.TurningTechnologies.com/K12Grant/.

About NBC Learn: NBC Learn is the educational arm of NBC News dedicated to providing resources for students, teachers, and lifelong learners. The online resources NBC Learn has created for the education community leverages nearly 80 years of historic news coverage, documentary materials, and current news broadcasts. The NBC Learn K-12 product gives students and teachers access to thousands of video clips from the NBC News archives, including great historic moments–from the Great Depression to the Space Race to the latest political coverage, all mapped to curriculum and aligned to state standards. NBC Learn original video series like “The Science of the Olympic Winter Games,” and “Chemistry Now” put the production resources of NBC News to work for educators and students by providing high-quality original video for classroom and on-line use. www.NBCLearn.com

About Turning Technologies, LLC: Turning Technologies, LLC develops interactive response systems designed specifically to increase learning outcomes. Proven research-based audience and student response technologies enable teachers, professors, trainers, and administrators to gather vital data needed to increase the effectiveness of instruction and presentations. The company’s interactive polling software applications, TurningPoint® and TurningPoint AnyWhere™, combine with either durable ResponseCard® keypads or ResponseWare® mobile response applications to provide the most advanced combination of knowledge and technology currently available in the field of audience and student assessment. www.TurningTechnologies.com

About Turning Foundation: Turning Technologies, LLC, a leader in the student response industry, established the Turning Foundation in 2009 as separate non-profit 501(c)3 organization. The mission of the foundation is… “To seek, secure and distribute resources in support of improving educational opportunities and student achievement in K-16 settings and enhancing community well-being.” We hope to help facilitate the connections between education and community well-being, here in the greater Mahoning valley and nationally. www.TurningFoundation.org

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