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Innovations in Reading
Application for Velvet Ferrari
2012 Innovative Reading Grant Essay
$2,500 (Sponsored by the American Association of School Libraries (AASL) a division of the American Library Association (ALA) and Capstone Press, Stone Arch Books, Picture Window Books, Compass Point books, and Red Brick Learning) Submitted - March 5, 2012 Dates of Project - 2011-2012 Project Title - Moving Our Readers Into The 21st Century Applicant Name - Velvet Ferrari Address - 1502 Dean Avenue Rome, GA 30161 ALA/AASL Membership # - 2015309
2012 Innovative Reading Grant Application for East Central Elementary School Media Center
Today's students come to school with more digital knowledge than we teachers ever did. They are born into this media-saturated world, and their lives are immersed in technologies from cell phones, iPods, iPads, handheld gaming devices, PDAs, Nooks, Kindles and laptops that they take everywhere, to the computers, TVs, and game consoles at home. With this being the case, it is time that we reinvent our schools for the 21st century. Making such a change is not easy. After all, when any of us thinks of education, we usually think of what we knew as school. But, we have to make the shift to 21st century education. Here at East Central Elementary, we want to find a way to provide full access to technology. If we could, we would love to provide laptops and/or ebook readers for every student and teacher. Our buildings would need to be efficiently wired so that students can access their files, as well as the internet, from anywhere in the school. From these laptops, our students would also be able to access ebooks. Every student is going to have different needs and interests. Each reader could be loaded with an array of textbooks, reference works and reading material tailored for the student's grade level, in quantities that surpass almost any physical library. All signs indicate that e-books are just going to continue to become a larger market. It is why technology giants Apple and Google have both jumped into the business in the last year. As a school librarian and teacher, one of the chief responsibilities is helping foster a love of reading in students. Having ebooks would give students an increase on how many books kids could actually get their hands on 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.