Winter 2012 Classroom Improvement Grants Engage Students in Learning

YOUNGSTOWN, OH – The Turning Foundation, in partnership with SamsungT Mobile, BrainPop® and Turning Technologies announced the grant recipients of the Winter 2012 Classroom Improvement Grants. The 10 grant awards will directly impact 1,040 students using classroom TurningPoint® response systems. The goal of this joint grant effort was to help educators develop 21st century classrooms and improve achievement by providing effective and engaging technology from multiple industry-leading companies.

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

. Rebecca Clinch, Arcade Elementary at Pioneer Central School District – Arcade, NY
. Laurence Tan, 122nd Street School – Los Angeles, CA
. Bethany Sharp, Morris Jeff Community School – New Orleans, LA
. Chantal Schiller, Holy Family School – Flushing, NY
. Lisa Lanza, Glide Middle School – Glide, OR
. Kathryn Thomas, Windber Area Middle School – Windber, PA
. Tara Supers, Newcomerstown Middle School – Newcomerstown, OH
. Travis Risher, Newport Middle School – Newport, KY
. Samantha Stanley, Long County High School – Ludowici, GA
. Teresa Adams, Rancho Verde High School – Moreno Valley, CA

The grant competition attracted nearly 1,300 applications. Turning Foundation Director John Wilson noted, “There were many thoughtful and innovative classroom uses of the technology described in the applications. The creative ideas that this grant program generated were impressive. I commend the teachers that participated and put such energy and effort into supporting their classrooms.”

The 10 classroom awards reflect an estimated value of $3,600 each and over $36,000 worth of classroom technology and digital content as part of the winter 2012 grant cycle. Winter 2012 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® NXT keypads, USB-based response RF receiver, QuestionPointT 2 – state-aligned question bank, customized carrying case and technical support.

Samsung Mobile, the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.1 and a leading supplier of Android mobile tablets, will provide each winning classroom with one of its award-winning Samsung Galaxy TabT 10.1 devices. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is one of the thinnest and lightest mobile tablets in the world, offering outstanding portability in classroom settings, at home or on-the-go. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is designed with rear and front-facing cameras for easy video chat capabilities and is powered by the AndroidT 3.1 (Honeycomb) operating system, offering faster and smoother transitions between different applications.

BrainPOP®, the award-winning creator of animated, curricular content that engages students, supports teachers, and bolsters achievement, will provide one Classroom Access subscription including both BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr.T (K-3). These standards-aligned resources cover topics within Science, Math, Social Studies, English Language Arts, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Music, Health, Reading, and Writing, through movies, games, mobile apps, high-interest readings, activities, and more. Their interactive quizzes – accompanying each topic – are fully integrated with Turning Technologies’ student response devices, enabling teachers who use ResponseCards to gather real-time responses from every student.

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

1 No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics Q3 2011 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Report.

About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsungwireless.com.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of nine independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs.

About BrainPOP
BrainPOP® (www.brainpop.com) creates animated, curricular content that engages students, supports teachers, and bolsters achievement – in classrooms, at home, and on mobile devices. Our proven and award-winning educational resources, uniquely suited for 21st century learning, include BrainPOP Jr. (K-3), BrainPOP, BrainPOP Español, and BrainPOP ESL. Our newest offering, GameUp, highlights top, free educational games and aligns them to academic topics. All of our resources are supported by BrainPOP Educators, an online professional community more than 135,000 teachers strong and featuring over 850 free resources. Aligned to academic standards and easy to use, BrainPOP sites host more than 11 million visits each month.

About Turning Technologies
Turning Technologies provides response systems to organizations to create engaging, interactive environments that support learning initiatives. Response systems allow speakers to ask questions during presentations with polling software and receive instant participant feedback with handheld response devices. Founded in 2002, the company began with three goals in mind: to make response technology more affordable, easier to use, and better documented so that users could easily grasp its benefits. Today, more than four million ResponseCard keypads have been delivered to K-12 schools, universities and businesses worldwide. Based in Youngstown, OH, information on Turning Technologies’ response solutions can be found at 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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