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To increase equitable opportunities for all students, SHS can us science in its ability to combine the learnings of language arts and mathematics within the real world. This combination is achieved through explorations and applications within the individual science’s curricula. Furthermore, math and language arts are essential to achieving meaningful understanding of concepts and ideas as they relate to scientific learning and comprehension. The concepts for math and language arts are sufficiently important that many of these standards are embedded within the science standards for the State of Florida. Therefore, addressing achievement through science will assist in elevation of each student’s academic performance as well as their understanding of real-world concepts and ideas.

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Go Bolts! Technology Accelerating Learning Connections

School:
Seminole High School 
Subject:
Stem 
Teacher:
Jerry Cantrell 
Students Impacted:
800 
Grade:
9-12 
Date:
September 22, 2020

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Only $2,500.00 Needed

 

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Goal

To increase equitable opportunities for all students, SHS can us science in its ability to combine the learnings of language arts and mathematics within the real world. This combination is achieved through explorations and applications within the individual science’s curricula. Furthermore, math and language arts are essential to achieving meaningful understanding of concepts and ideas as they relate to scientific learning and comprehension. The concepts for math and language arts are sufficiently important that many of these standards are embedded within the science standards for the State of Florida. Therefore, addressing achievement through science will assist in elevation of each student’s academic performance as well as their understanding of real-world concepts and ideas. 

 

What will be done with my students

Student created evidence will be collected to provide data on student learning. Students will return to past presentations of their evidence and modify, enhance, and improve their research techniques and overall understanding of discrete learning objectives. The evidence that the students provide may be through video presentation, written analysis and discussion, and/or Socratic dialogue. The concept is to create an environment that enables students to maintain a record of their work throughout the high-school education. The student, or team of students, can access work from past experiences and explorations and link the concepts learned in manner that improves understanding and elevates comprehension. Pinellas County Schools provides the Microsoft Suite of products for all students (e.g., it is a repository as well as an active learning tool).

Video capturing of natural phenomena as well as electronic data capture will be used to input information into GIS overlays and graphical analysis tools. Cross connections between environmental phenomena, chemistry, physics and math will be used to support the student’s understanding of learning objectives that are relevant to their grade and subject of study. Again, students will be capable of accessing resources to enhance, debate, or negate past experimentation. An example of the work that Seminole High School students have already created using some of this technology can be found at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vF2O93SQcEs.
 

 

Benefits to my students

Performance Matters (a statistical analysis tool) will allow statistical review of the students’ comprehension of learning objectives. Performance Matters provides real-time insight into student performance, behavioral trends, and key demographic information. Seminole High School educators personalize instruction and learning through the insights revealed in student performance trends. It affords educators and leaders an ability to make informed decisions that lead to student success. The statistical analysis of learning objectives as well as objective review of improved experimentation techniques will be used to show student gains. These student gains are easily accessed through statistical measures that are extracted from Performance Matters (source). 

 

Describe the Students

Seminole High School (SHS) is in suburban Pinellas County, Florida. The mission for SHS is to educate and prepare each student for college, career, and the workforce by living each day with respect, purpose and grit, which is the Warhawk Way. Its vision is to have 100% student success. At SHS, the overall student to teacher ratio at SHS is 21:1. Its minority enrollment is 22%, and 38% of its students are economically disadvantaged. Free lunch is provided to 34% of the students with an additional 4% receiving reduced price lunches. Math proficiency is 39% and reading proficiency is 49% at SHS. Students that measure mastery in math and reading based on the Florida Standard Assessment (FSA) and Mathematics End of Course Exams (EOC) is 35.7%. The percentage of students that are underserved and proficient is 32.4% and the percentage of students that are not-underserved with proficiency is 46.7%. The gap between SHS and the State of Florida among underserved students is -10%.

The School Improvement Plan targets improvements in Mathematics FSA and EOC proficiency by 3% (e.g., 39% to 42%). The Lowest 25th Percentile for English and Language Arts (ELA) are targeted to improve by 5% and Mathematics by 3% (e.g., ELA from 46% to 51% and Math 37% to 40%). SHS has a 39% achievement rate for Exceptional Student Education (ESE), which is below the state threshold of 41%. SHS has identified goal is to improve this by 6% (e.g. from 39% to 45%). The ELA and Reading goal is to elevate achievement by 6% (e.g., from 49% to 54%). SHS will bridge the gap between its white and black students by 5% (e.g., elevate from 19% to 24% for ELA; improve from 26% to 31% for Mathematics). Additionally, the College and Career Readiness goal for SHS is to have 100% student success. To accomplish this vision, SHS will provide equitable opportunities for all students in college and career readiness.  

 

Budget Narrative

The products requested will be used to address the technology needs for the students at Seminole High School. Please be aware that SHS has actively pursued grants to increase the use of technology within its Science and Engineering departments. This grant request will compliment opportunities that are already in process. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Vernier Go Direct Physiology Standard Package (GDP-HP-DX) $1,164.00
2 Vernier ProScope HR Digital Microscope Kits - 5 Megapixel ((BD-HR5B) (4 ea) $1,196.00
3 Vernier Go Direct Colorimeter (GDX-COL) $119.00
4 Shipping $21.00
  Total: $2,500.00

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