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Oliver W. Winch Middle School receives grant for educational technology

August 14, 2017

Students working on Chromebooks.The Oliver W. Winch Middle School recently received a grant from the New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education for their project “Mini-Projectors for Multiple Points of Presentation.”

The $2,000 project will give students at OWWMS the capability to communicate through presentation and collaboration using projectors, their own Chromebooks and a variety of web-based presentation tools. The middle school will be able to purchase 10 portable mini video projectors that will be available for teachers to use.

“By shifting the focus away from the center of the room with a single person as lecturer, classrooms will truly become a place where all voices are heard,” said OWWMS Principal Tim Dawkins, who wrote the grant with the district’s Technology Integration Specialist Jerilyn Hogan. “As we continue the ongoing work of shifting instruction from teacher-based to student-centered, our goal is for all classrooms to foster learning through inquiry and guidance. Students will be problem solvers who creatively take on tasks collaborating with others communicating globally. Our vision extends beyond physically changing classrooms and looks toward breaking down the barriers that have, in the past, prevented us from collaborating outside of our school or district.”

Traditionally students have been taught through direct instruction with lecture and little interaction with teachers or peers. The South Glens Falls Central School District has been working to implement a recently-developed technology plan that includes more hands-on and technology-laden instructional practices that appeal to learners and will enhance their knowledge of technology as they graduate and prepare for jobs of the future.

Next year, all middle school students will have their own Chromebooks for use 24/7 both at school and for continued work outside of the school day.

“We are dedicated to turning our schools into true 21st Century Learning spaces with an emphasis on blended learning, student-based inquiry and flexible instructional environments,” said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Kristine Orr.

The availability of mini-projectors will provide a unique opportunity to build student voices into a teacher-facilitated, student-driven learning environment where students can seamlessly display research, enhance presentation skills and interact through peer-led discussions.

OWWMS educators will be working with the district’s district technology integration specialist to enhance their current instructional practices with the new devices.

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