We're putting the fun in fundraising! Join us for an evening out on Saturday, March 11 at Kingfish and help us raise $50,000 to purchase new technology for our students and move Stanbridge to the forefront of technology-based instruction!
What your ticket includes: Delicious, heavy appetizers, all drinks, and entertainment. This year’s event will feature our very own Jay Huston reprising his role as MC, our own Stanbridge Staff Bluegrass band, and an open bar!
What we're raising money for: Student Technology—specifically Chomebooks, iPads, and professional development.
Buying a new piece of technology can be tricky when it comes to personal use, but is an even more delicate process when you're purchasing for students. It's all about finding the best tool for the job, which is why the Stanbridge Technology Committee has partnered with teachers in each division to come up with the right tools for our students.
Stanbridge would like to purchase new Chromebooks with touchscreens for students in high school, junior high, and elementary. Using the same technology across the school means an easy and seamless transition for our students when moving from one division to another. These dynamic machines are also versatile enough to complement and enhance the curriculum in grades K-12.
"After many lengthy discussions about the future of technology on the Stanbridge campus a single, defining mantra appeared: What do students need to know for life after Stanbridge? Success in either a work or college environment requires a student to email, collaborate, and navigate the internet in a professional manner,” says Head of High School Jay Huston. “Well then, what's the most effective & cost efficient tool that will enable our staff to strengthen these skills in our students? The answer is touchscreen Chromebooks. All of the internet and Google power in a relatively inexpensive machine. Best of all, they are completely web-based so a student's experience is independent of which Chromebook they use. As they transition from one room to another (or collaborate with a peer on their Chromebook), everything will be familiar. What more can we ask for?"
Stanbridge would also like to purchase a mobile cart of iPads that can travel from classroom to classroom and be integrated into specific lesson plans.
“iPads are an incredibly fun way to encourage students to be creative, practice math and language arts skills, and collaborate with their fellow students,” says Head of Elementary Maggie Deloach. “When I have had iPads in my classroom in the past, students used them to research information for reports, create a response to literature in the form of a song, a cartoon, or a movie.”
To complete the process, some of the funds raised will be used for on- and off-site training for technology integration.
“The potential for instructional technology to impact learning relies on the skill set of the classroom teacher. So, as we introduce these new tools, professional development must be a critical part of that process,” says Principal Matt Poynter. “The right professional development not only expands the skill set of a teacher, but it also generates enthusiasm for what these tools can offer.”