DEERFIELD, Illinois – Thanks to a
grant from the Deerfield Education Foundation, a trip to the library has a
whole new meaning for Deerfield elementary school students this spring.
Earlier in the school year, the
Deerfield Education Foundation (
awarded a grant of nearly $70,000 to outfit all four elementary school Library
Media Centers with
a full set of 25 iPads to empower research activities, group learning, artifact
production, eBook creation, and audio and camera features to extend learning
with multimedia. The addition of LMCdedicated iPads offers students 1:1 level
of access to the widest range of educational technology within the LMC.
iPads let us do a lot more in terms of extending what the students learn,” said
Rich Connell, the Library Media Center Director at Wilmot Elementary School.
“The fifth grade classes used an app called Book Creator that allows them to
take what they normally would do as a PowerPoint presentation or a poster and
create an e-publication. What I notice is that they put a lot more thought into
its composition and design as they’re working with it. They just really love
have a fourth grade class that works with a first grade class – they’re
buddies. They did some planning and they’re using an app called Puppet Pals,
which is another app that we have. They’re going to make little puppet plays
with their first grade buddies. So you’re getting more authentic learning where
the fourth graders are going to be teaching the first graders how to use the
app – and they’ll be working together for a collaborative activity. There are
so many more possibilities for us to do things with the technology. We’re just
barely touching the surface. It’s a lot of fun.”
Connell and the other elementary school LMC directors – Kate Schippers
(Kipling), Carrie Light (South Park) and Kathy Kerner (Walden) – the vision for
the use of the iPads in the elementary schools is for the librarian, classroom
teacher, and technology coach to work collaboratively to create
state-of-the-art projects that reflect students’ knowledge across the
curriculum. Students also use the iPads to search for library materials and to
read electronic books.
Showcase Night (April 24), we’ll have all the iPads set up in here so the kids
can come down and show them to their parents,” Connell said.
The Deerfield Education Foundation
is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization made up of community members and
educators working together to raise money for the benefit of students in
Deerfield Public School District 109. To
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