BCSD staff members awarded grants

The OCM BOCES School Library System has awarded grants to five staff members in the Baldwinsville Central School District.

Lindsay Cesari, library media specialist at Durgee Junior High School, Lisa Froelick, a global studies teacher at the school, and Melissa Julian, secondary technology instructor, have been awarded $1,100 for their project entitled, "International Blogging in a Global Studies Classroom." The purpose of the project is for ninth-grade students to practice and demonstrate 21st century skills as they use blogging to make international connections.

Students will learn how other countries view historical events and they will learn about a variety of cultural aspects in the countries of the individuals they will be communicating with through blogging. This project is the first of its kind in the district and may become a model for other district teachers and library media specialists.

Leslie Savage, library media specialist at Palmer Elementary School, was awarded $513 to fund a project entitled, "Learning Vocabulary Power Words Through Online Book Reviews." Savage will use the funds to purchase books of fiction. She is collaborating with Palmer's third-grade teachers on this project, which will enable students to understand and apply key ELA power words, such as summarization and main idea, in book reviews. Students will record their interviews and upload them to voicethread.com, a web site that enables students and teachers around the world to collaborate and share information.

Ray Middle School's library media specialist, Darlene St. John, and reading teacher Cherrill Scuderi, were awarded $1,193 for the project, "To the Zoo and Beyond," an intense research project on animals that will incorporate video conferencing and a virtual tour of the San Diego Zoo. The purpose of the project is to provide special education and remedial students with an opportunity to improve their comprehension skills and to build on their academic strengths as they use written resources, visual media and databases, and perform internet-based research, to produce a written report.

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