Kitsap Lake Elementary Kindergarten Class to Go High-Tech Thanks to $10,000 Qwest Foundation Grant
SEATTLE, April 11, 2008 – The Qwest Foundation today announced a grant of $10,000 to Kitsap Lake Elementary kindergarten teacher Veronica Moore. The grant allows Moore to purchase new audio and video technology that will teach her five- and six-year-old students how to be 21st century learners.
“Show and tell” will go digital as students learn the basics of listening and communicating. Other tools will help students creatively in drama, puppetry, story-telling and presentations. Moore will record activities and replay them on an LCD TV for the entire class to discuss. Students will also be able to write, publish and share their individual stories and reports on classroom computers.
“Every child has an inner voice yearning to be heard and validated,” said Moore. “Whether that child is timid, assertive, has a disability or is deaf, we must facilitate all voices by providing age-appropriate classroom experiences enhanced by technology in order to plant the seed for life-long learning.”
Kitsap Lake Elementary was recently recognized as a “Washington State School of Distinction”. Principal Lyle Burbidge said that Ms. Moore was one of the team members who helped the school demonstrate continuous and meaningful growth in student achievement.
“Ms. Moore should be commended for introducing technology to her very young students,” said Kirk Nelson, Qwest president for Washington. “Qwest is proud to provide funding that will teach her students important skills that will last them a lifetime.”
The Qwest Foundation will present the $10,000 check to Ms. Moore’s class on Friday afternoon, April 11, at 12:30.
The Qwest Foundation thanks the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, OSPI, for their partnership. Through its Learning Technologies program, OSPI took the lead in promoting Teachers and Technology to Washington teachers and handled the administrative tasks that followed. OSPI is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state.
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