The purpose of the Classroom Grant program is to provide BPS educators with an opportunity to submit requests for financial support for innovative and creative curriculum, special activities, and classroom projects that could not normally be accommodated by the school budget. Classroom Grant recipients receive new technology as well as supplemental literacy, writing, and math materials for use in the classroom to reach students of all learning abilities and styles. The grant program also provides funding for art and music programs that benefit students in elementary through high school.
The Foundation's Classroom Grant committee reads and reviews over 150 applications submitted by teachers each spring. In 2012, 112 teachers across Billings Public Schools received grants to enrich student learning. Classroom Grants are made possible by individual donors, businesses and organizations, and SD2 employee payroll deduction.
A Classroom Grant makes an immediate impact on student learning and achievement.
All teachers, principals, and school personnel of Billings Public Schools are eligible to apply for a classroom grant. The grant award ranges from $100 to $1,000. Grant requests due March 11, 2013.
Today's classroom needs to be able to support teaching, learning, and connections for our students. This means an interactive whiteboard, individual response system, tools for publishing, audio system, and individual devices to learn on and connect with others.
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Each Spring, Burlington Elementary hosts the Annual Vocademy Awards Night in the Burlington Center for Performing Arts (aka Burlington Gym). Students highlight and celebrate the filmmakers from this year’s “Word of the Day” videos. Each week, Mrs. Brucker selects two students from her class to make a video that teaches one of their upcoming Words of the Day.
These are impressive (perhaps a bit intimidating or unusual) but usable vocabulary words that will occur in the context of the 5th grade curriculum. Using the FlipVideo cameras and their own imaginations, students create skits, reenactments, interviews, newscasts, music videos, spoofs, or whatever clever concepts they are able to concoct.
This had an enormously positive impact on Mrs. Brucker’s class.
The technologies used in this project include Flip Video cameras, digital cameras , MacBook computers with iMovie , an Elmo document camera, a Casio projector , and iPads. All of these tools were provided through the Classroom Grant program.