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Turning Foundation Awards 10 Grants with Samsung Mobile, BrainPop and Turning Technologies
Winter 2012 Classroom Improvement Grants Engage Students in Learning

YOUNGSTOWN, OH – The Turning Foundation, in partnership with Samsung™ Mobile, BrainPop® and Turning Technologies announced the grant recipients of the Winter 2012 Classroom Improvement Grants. The 10 grant awards will directly impact 1,040 students using classroom TurningPoint® response systems.  The goal of this joint grant effort was to help educators develop 21st century classrooms and improve achievement by providing effective and engaging technology from multiple industry-leading companies.

Innovative applications that received awards include those submitted by the following teachers:


The grant competition attracted nearly 1,300 applications.  Turning Foundation Director John Wilson noted, “There were many thoughtful and innovative classroom uses of the technology described in the applications.  The creative ideas that this grant program generated were impressive.  I commend the teachers that participated and put such energy and effort into supporting their classrooms.”

The 10 classroom awards reflect an estimated value of $3,600 each and over $36,000 worth of classroom technology and digital content as part of the winter 2012 grant cycle.  Winter 2012 Classroom Improvement Grant award recipients will receive the following:

Turning Technologies, developer of interactive student response systems focused on engaging and motivating students while increasing achievement, will provide one 32-seat radio frequency student response system that includes: TurningPoint® and TurningPoint AnyWhere polling software suite, ResponseCard® NXT keypads, USB-based response RF receiver, QuestionPoint™ 2 - state-aligned question bank, customized carrying case and technical support.

Samsung Mobile, the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.1 and a leading supplier of Android mobile tablets, will provide each winning classroom with one of its award-winning Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 devices. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is one of the thinnest and lightest mobile tablets in the world, offering outstanding portability in classroom settings, at home or on-the-go. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is designed with rear and front-facing cameras for easy video chat capabilities and is powered by the Android™ 3.1 (Honeycomb) operating system, offering faster and smoother transitions between different applications.

BrainPOP®, the award-winning creator of animated, curricular content that engages students, supports teachers, and bolsters achievement, will provide one Classroom Access subscription including both BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr.™ (K-3). These standards-aligned resources cover topics within Science, Math, Social Studies, English Language Arts, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Music, Health, Reading, and Writing, through movies, games, mobile apps, high-interest readings, activities, and more. Their interactive quizzes – accompanying each topic – are fully integrated with Turning Technologies’ student response devices, enabling teachers who use ResponseCards to gather real-time responses from every student.

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1 No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics Q3 2011 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Report.


Turning Foundation Reveals 2011 Innovative Teacher Mini-Grant Award Winners
Area educators receive resources to improve school efforts

Youngstown, OH – January 12, 2012Turning Foundation, a not-for-profit arm of Turning Technologies, today announced the award winners of its second annual round of Innovative Teacher Mini-Grants to greater Mahoning Valley educators.  Innovative projects that received funding include proposals submitted by the following teachers: Natalie Burnett, Bloomfield High School; Sharon Ragan, Youngstown Chaney STEM Academy; Shawn Reynolds, Howland Middle School; John Fisher, Champion High School; Haley Shaffer, Poland Middle School.

Turning Foundation’s Innovative Teacher Mini-Grants are an effort to promote and support creative and innovative classroom practices in local schools.  Grant funding of up to $1,500 is awarded annually to classroom teachers in the local area displaying creative and innovative practices that reflect 21st century skill development.  The grants also promote collaboration within the school setting and with community partners.  This past fall, 22 grant applications were submitted. This year the five awarded grants totaling $7,178.84 will impact 1,208 students in K-12 classrooms.  Funding for the grants is made possible through donations to the foundation from Turning Technologies.

John Wilson, Turning Foundation’s Executive Director, stated, “By giving teachers potential resources to ‘think outside the box’, educators can design lessons and activities to support 21st century teaching and learning. The five Innovate Teacher Mini-Grants will provide opportunities for local area students to develop skills that will allow them to compete in a global economy – a critical effort in today’s educational environment.”

Individual Project Details

Natalie Burnett, Bloomfield High School:  Using video and still cameras along with Windows Movie Maker, students will incorporate interviewing and researching skills to tap into local history.  Students will research local history and partner with the local historical society to create documentaries and research papers about major events in their local town's history.

Sharon Ragan, Youngstown Chaney STEM Academy:  Students will use multiple content areas to create a landscape plan and then build and plant a Butterfly - Shakespearean Garden in the courtyard area at the high school.  The courtyard will be used for scientific endeavors (rainwater runoff, solar energy, plant growth, butterfly life cycle) as well as visual and performing arts.

Shawn Reynolds, Howland Middle School:  Through the use of SmartMusic interactive software, students will explore individual and student-directed learning.  The software provides a fun way for students to improve skills on their instrument while learning self-assessment and evaluation techniques, which will transfer to all academic content areas.

John Fisher, Champion High School:  The "iMeasure" program lets teams of high school physics students use computer-based labs in conjunction with student response technology.  The physics students teach elementary and middle school students how to measure the world around them and then learn to analyze those measurements through an interactive lecture demonstration.

Haley Shaffer, Poland Middle School:  Students will interpret and analyze infographics.  Infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge.  By using and their own knowledge of text features and structures, author's purpose and perspective, persuasive techniques and connotation/denotation, students will research their own "wonder" and create infographics to be shared publically.

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About Turning Foundation:

Turning Technologies, a leader in the student response industry, established the Turning Foundation in 2009 as separate non-profit 501(c)3 organization.  The mission of the foundation is... "To seek, secure and distribute resources in support of improving educational opportunities and student achievement in K-16 settings and enhancing community well-being."   The main focus of the foundation will be to support efforts in the greater Mahoning Valley to enhance and improve education for all and with supports also directed toward the community in general.  We will also work to connect our efforts locally to a broader national education and community development agenda. We hope to help facilitate the connections between education and community well-being, here in the greater Mahoning valley and nationally. 

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