YOUNGSTOWN, OH – Turning Foundation, a not-for-profit arm of Turning Technologies, today announced the award winners of its 2013 round of Innovative Teacher Mini-Grants to greater Mahoning Valley educators. Innovative projects that received funding include proposals submitted by the following teachers: Robyn Fette, Hubbard Elementary School – Hubbard Exempted Village School District; Steven Ward, Austintown Fitch High School – Austintown Local School District; Danielle Mrofchak, La Croft Elementary – East Liverpool City Schools; Samantha Nappo, Prospect Elementary – Girard City School District.

Turning Foundation’s Innovative Teacher Mini-Grants are an effort to promote and support creative and innovative classroom practices in local schools. Grant funding of up to $1,500 was awarded to classroom teachers in the local area displaying creative and innovative practices that also included collaborative partnerships with other teachers and/or community members. This year the four awarded grants totaling $5,385.81 will impact 233 students in K-12 classrooms. Funding for the grants is made possible through donations to the Foundation from Turning Technologies.


Robyn Fette, Hubbard Elementary School – Hubbard Exempted Village School District
Overview: iPad® mini mobile devices will be used in the classroom for differentiation to enhance reading and writing instruction. Students will work on specific skills related to reading and writing and upon completing books they will write book reports to be submitted to the local newspaper for print.
Collaborative Partners: Other classroom teachers and the local Hubbard newspaper.

Steven Ward, Austintown Fitch High School – Austintown Local School District
Overview: iPad devices will be used to communicate through the use of FaceTime®, messaging, video and audio files. Students will design a common product in STEM. The English classroom will then create a marketing campaign while the TV production class films commercials to promote the product.
Collaborative Partners: The project connects two departments and three different classes.

Danielle Mrofchak, La Croft Elementary – East Liverpool City Schools
Overview: The iPad mini Adventures Project enhances student’s visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning modalities while actively engaging students in technology-based academic lessons. Students will use iPad devices during small cooperative grouping to promote peer modeling and active learning within the classroom.
Collaborative Partners: Intervention Specialist, Classroom Aide and Mahoning County ESC.

Samantha Nappo, Prospect Elementary – Girard City School District
Overview: Through the use of Kindle Fire™ devices in the classroom, students will improve their vocabulary skills, reading levels and motivation to read. Students will be able to hear and see text as a way to motivate and challenge all levels of readers.
Collaborative Partners: Teachers in all six second grade classrooms.

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About Turning Foundation:
Turning Technologies, 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.” The main focus of the foundation will be to support efforts in the greater Mahoning Valley to enhance and improve education for all and with supports also directed toward the community in general. We will also work to connect our efforts locally to a broader national education and community development agenda. We hope to help facilitate the connections between education and community well-being, here in the greater Mahoning valley and nationally.

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