Laura L. LeeGrant Application Draft: Leap Frog TagNovember 11, 2011 Grant Information (As provided by We Are Teachers):Tag is the #1 selling* reading system, using amazing touch technology to bring interactive booksand maps to life. By using technology like Tag in your classroom, you expose your students toreading in a way thats fun and motivational. With that in mind, were exploring the creativeways that teachers go beyond the basics and use Tag in their classrooms to promote literacy.If you had a Tag system in your classroom: How would you use it to encourage a love of reading and sharing books? What kind of small group activities would you construct to help kids learn to read? How would you use it in games to build reading and writing skills?Submit your best idea for using Tag technology in your classroom and you could win a prizepackage of $100 to fund your project, an iPod® Touch to capture your project in action and aLeapFrog® Tag™ Reading System bundle to turn your idea into reality. Enter by the deadline,then rally your colleagues, students and friends to vote for your submission and help you win theprize package!*U.S. Source: The NPD Group / Consumer Tracking Service; PS Electronic Learning,Electronic Reading Toy Brands as defined by LeapFrog in Dollars, Annual 2010. What is your project idea?My project idea would benefit Pre-K, Kindergarten and other early learning readers in the mediacenter as well as within the early childhood classrooms at Carter Elementary School in BibbCounty, Georgia.Having a Leap Frog Tag system reading bundle in our school would allow me to create a virtualreading literacy center in the media center where classroom teachers can collaborate with themedia specialist to develop activities and lessons that will engage students in the readingdevelopment process, especially focusing on the Pre-K through Kindergarten levels.The students in our school enjoy every opportunity presented to interact with hands-on, learningbased technology. At our school, we do not have the latest and greatest computer resources forour students. We do have to make the very best of older, slower computers. For me, I seeintegrating other interactive technological resources into the learning environment as asupplement to what our computer-based capabilities currently may lack.
Our students do not have the Leapfrog Tag system in our classrooms or media center, and I knowthis would be an excellent opportunity to introduce them to these valuable reading reinforcementtools. Briefly describe your teaching idea.In establishing a virtual literacy center, not only would students have access to computerprograms -- but the Leap Frog Tag system would serve as the centerpiece for developingfundamental literacy skills in the Pre-K and Kindergarten arena where their minds are sponges,soaking up new skills and expanding their vocabulary on a daily basis. Students would be able tocome into the center work individually and in groups. In developing fluency skills we couldrecord the students taking turns reading passages from a book. The students would use the LeapTag system to listen to the story being read. As a sentence is read the students would hear thesentence being read by one of their classmates or themselves (played back from the recording) inorder to compare how accurately the students pronounced the words. Other activities wouldinclude pairing students into small groups and having them hold index cards displaying sightwords. They would take turns using the Leap Tag to read passages aloud while others hold updifferent index cards representing these sight words as they hear these. In addition, to groupteaching activities the students would also special times allotted as to then they could log inindividual time with the Leap Pads to enjoy self-paced reading.Education Levels(check all that apply) Early Learning Pre-K/Kindergarten Grades 1-2 Grades 3-4 Grades 5-6 Grades 7-8 Grades 9-10 Grades 11-12 Special Education College Adult Education OtherSubjects(check all that apply) Achievement & RTI Arts & Music Curriculum & Instruction Early Learning
Health, Wellness & Physical Education Library & Media Math & Science Professional Development Reading & Literacy Specialized Instruction Student Engagement & Development Technology & Innovation What will your students learn or experience with your project?Students would learn to work together to help each other become strong, independent readers. What materials, resources or tools will you use in your project?In conjunction with the above technology, I would sketch out a design of a unit to serve as ourvirtual literacy nook in the media center that would provide adequate storage and easy access tothese resources. In order to bring these units plans into fruition, perhaps I would seek out agroup or organization who would assist me in building the center and also add a few cozytouches to make it an inviting space. I would be to use the $100 grant money along withdonations or a fundraiser to accomplish this goal. Tell us about you and your school: Laura *First Name: *Last Name: Lee 912 536 4423 *Contact Phone Number: ( )- Ext. *Your Title/Role: Media Center Student
*School Name: Carter Elementary *City: Macon GA *State/Province: *Country: USA Grant Rules and Regulations:Open only to legal residents of the United States who at the time of entry are 21 years of age orolder, are currently employed either full-time or part-time in the field of education in gradespreschool-grade 12. LeapFrog is the sponsor and WeAreTeachers is the official administrator ofthis program. Employees of WeAreTeachers or the sponsor and their affiliated companies,subsidiaries, distributors, sales representatives, agents, advertising and promotional agencies andthe immediate families and household members (parent, spouse, child or sibling) of each are noteligible to participate. The Promotion is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws andregulations. Application Rules & Agreements: 1. All grants must be submitted using the online form by 11/15/2011 at 11:59pm, Central Standard Time. 2. Entrants must follow the online entry instructions and provide complete, accurate, and truthful information in all of the information fields on the entry form. Entries generated by script, macro, robotic, programming, or any other automated means are prohibited and will be disqualified. 3. The grant application is open to all educators who have an active teacher profile on WeAreTeachers.com are 21 years or older and are currently employed in the field of education in grades preschool-grade 12. 4. All applicants must be a citizen United States of America. 5. Applications must align to promoting teaching ideas related to the grant question. 6. Applicants may only submit one completed grant application. The first application received will be the application reviewed for posting and voting. Winner Selection Rules and Agreements:
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