Giving Makes a Difference
Giving can make a big difference in expanding learning opportunities for students in Shorewood Schools. The Shorewood SEED (Supporters of Excellence in Education Development) Foundation has helped raise over $200,000 annually to help fund projects, grants, and other various monetary needs of the Shorewood School District since 2003.
During the 2014-2015 school year, $5,733 was awarded to Shorewood High School physics teacher Kevin Kane to implement the use of LabQuest technology, which aims to improve literacy in physics by allowing students to manage and interpret real time scientific data during experiments and field work. Now that the school year is underway, Kane’s students are already well-acquainted with this new technology.
1) What inspired you to write the SEED grant?
For many years, SEED has funded many worthy district projects. I thought purchasing this science equipment would provide wonderful opportunities for students to collect and analyze physics data.
2) What exactly is LabQuest and how do you use it in the classroom?
LabQuest provides students with handheld computer devices with high resolution touch screens. The interfaces have a variety of motion, force, sound and light intensity capabilities that allow students to collect, record and display data. The devices also come with rechargeable batteries and free software updates.
3) How did you determine that this would be the best use of additional resources?
Research shows that the use of technology tools for data collection, visualization and analysis will help deepen students’ understanding of physics concepts. Getting real time data will make the abstract concepts more concrete through immediate visual feedback.
4) How has LabQuest impacted your physics classes so far?
Shortly, students will extend Newton’s Laws experiments to design and conduct outdoor experiments on everyday objects (e.g. sprinters, bicycles) that would not be possible in the classroom. Later this year, students will conduct energy experiments on outdoor lighting efficiency and solar energy.
5) Were you optimistic that your grant proposal was going to be chosen for fulfillment?
I was very optimistic because there is a need for the equipment.
6) Why do you think philanthropy is important for Shorewood Schools?
With cuts to public school funding, we are all very fortunate for individual and organizational philanthropy to compensate for the deficits.
For more information about how you can support new learning experiences for students in Shorewood Schools, visit the SEED website at www.shorewoodseed.org or contact Ted Knight at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-961-3161.
Tuesday October, 20, 2015
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