Spring 2011 Classroom Improvement Grants 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 announced the grant recipients of the Spring 2011 Classroom Improvement Technology Grant. The 10 grant awards will directly impact 1,182 students using classroom TurningPoint response systems and 9,228 students with building access to NBC digital content. 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.

Innovative applications that received awards include those submitted by the following teachers:

• Branton Lachman, Roosevelt High School – Corona, CA
• Colleen Werner, Ipswich High School – Ipswich, MA
• Suzanne Nagourney, Arthur L. Johnson High School – Clark, NJ
• Holly Berndt, Space Center Intermediate School – Houston, TX
• Heidi Sprandlin, Brevard Middle School – Brevard, NC
• Linda Anderson, Wayland Union High School Teacher – Wayland, MI
• Rhonda Churchill, Pittsville Elementary/Middle School – Pittsville, MD
• Rebecca Hersh, Alfred S. Faust Intermediate Elementary School – East Rutherford, NJ
• Patrick Kinne, Bishop Grimes Prep High School – East Syracuse, New York
• Tamie Hollon, Stratton Meadows Elementary School – Colorado Springs, CO

Turning Foundation Director, John Wilson stated, “We received a tremendous response to our third CIT grant. The combination of NBC Learn and Turning Technologies’ student response system is truly an ideal solution for teachers to engage students in the learning process and positively impact learning outcomes. The Turning Foundation greatly appreciates the contributions and involvement of both of our corporate sponsors – NBC Learn and Turning Technologies – in helping us deliver quality tools to our dedicated educators.”

The 10 classroom awards reflect an estimated value of $3,500 each. Spring 2011 Classroom Improvement Grant award recipients 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.”

For more information, please visit: www.TurningTechnologies.com/K12Grant/.

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