Oct. 21, 2008
OROMOCTO (CNB) - Grade 4 students at Summerhill Street Elementary School showed Education Minister Kelly Lamrock how they use the Internet and digital media to improve their reading and writing skills during a classroom visit today.
The project has helped children cultivate a love of writing since 2007, thanks to a $2,434 investment from the Department of Education's Innovative Learning Fund (ILF).
Today, Lamrock announced District 17 schools will receive a further $75,000 in 2008-09 to pay for classroom projects promoting hands-on learning.
"It's exciting to see so many children who are comfortable with the Internet as a tool for learning," said Lamrock. "This project is proof that, when given the right kind of support, teachers can use their creativity to connect what students already know about technology to improving literacy in their classrooms."
The ILF is a multimillion-dollar fund to help teachers bring creative ideas into their schools. It is a signature project of When Kids Come First, a plan to build the best education system in the country.
The ILF is available to any teacher, school or school district in the New Brunswick public education system. All projects approved for funding must focus on improving student academic performance, or enhancing teaching practices with a clear connection to literacy, numeracy and science.
The Department of Education's investment at Summerhill Street Elementary is combining children's familiarity with digital media and the Internet to improve their reading and writing.
Students use online texts to study their hobbies and those of their friends, while connecting with another Grade 4 class in a different district. The students find people who have turned their hobbies into careers, and using digital media to create images, sound and text files, they present and publish stories about their hobbies.
During 2008-09, the ILF will invest:
EDITOR'S NOTE: Following are new District 17 ILF projects that received funding during Round 1 of the 2008-09 school year. MEDIA CONTACT: Jordan O'Brien, communications, Department of Education, 506-457-4999.
District 17 ILF recipients, Round 1, 2008-09