Kayla Lightsey and I began brainstorming ways to bring digital literacy into her 7th grade life science classroom at the end of last year. It's hard to include digital literacy when there is only one Chromebook cart for checkout, the computer labs are being used for surveys, testing, and remedial services, and your classroom computers (of which she has three) do not work well. We had this amazing idea to bring her science classroom alive with the Frankenstuffer-in which students will create their own living organism from the parts of gently loved stuffed animals. With their newly created creature, the students will write a series of ebooks based on their Frankenstuffers while also teaching others about the standards they are learning (biomes, adaptations, food webs, etc.). We plan on partnering with the local elementary schools to have our 7th grade students read their finished books to younger readers in the community. Lucky for us, Kayla and I's grant proposal was accepted!! Now we can purchase at least 10 Chromebooks to write their ebooks and for research. We are so excited about this opportunity! I will definitely keep updating as we roll this project out with our students.
Also, for reference, I am including our grant proposal below. Maybe you have a great idea for next year's innovation grant and want a reference for writing your own grant. :)
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