The Rotary Club of Glen Burnie is excited about our Digital Classroom Project and the way that it is spreading throughout Anne Arundel County Public Schools with the support, collaboration, and leadership from Rotary Clubs throughout the county and other organizations such as the Helping Teachers Teach Foundation and the Defense Information Systems Agency.
Please consider sharing as much or as little of the information below with friends, colleagues, family members, or anyone you think might be interested in supporting Digital Classroom or Digital Classroom 2.0. The cost for each project is $4,000. Here is a link to the photos from some of our past projects- https://aacpspdm.smugmug.com/Digital-Classrooms – and below are descriptions of both projects. If you have not seen the videos and only have time for one video for each project, my suggestion would be to watch the Point Pleasant video on the robot and the Quarterfield/Oakwood video for the Chromebooks. I have also attached a flyer for your use.
The original Digital Classroom project, which continues today, provides tablets and charging carts to schools so that students have increased accessed to hand-held technology in their classes. This service project has been created in conjunction with the school system to maximize the effect of the contribution. The technology purchased (currently Google Chromebooks) are purchased through the Anne Arundel County Public Schools purchasing agreement, with no tax, no shipping, and no maintenance/warranty fees. The technology is delivered directly to the receiving school and are set-up by the AACPS Technology department, making it a “turnkey” project for donors.
Upon receipt of the technology, the school system sets up a date to “present” the Digital Classroom to the school during one of the classes. Rotarians are invited to the school to hand-deliver the tablets to students and welcome to stay to observe the students using the new technology during a lesson. Photos are taken, signage is provided, and – occasionally – we get video coverage of presentation.
Feel free to view these link to watch short videos for more information –
Presentation at Oakwood & Quarterfield Elementary Schools- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBpX7a9pCNU
First Presentation at Corkran Middle – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6NH6LkDU4k
Digital Classroom 2.0
The Digital Classroom project expanded in 2017 to support students who are suffering from serious illnesses or injuries that prevent them from attending classes. These students are generally assigned a Home & Hospital Teacher who provides instruction to them and works with the classroom teachers to ensure that the students are not “falling behind” in their studies. However, this is not ideal for many students & their families, since the students on Home & Hospital Teaching do not have the ability to interact with their classmates, teachers, and others in the community.
The Digital Classroom 2.0 Project provides a robot to a student who is expected to be out of school for at least 2 months. This donation allows the student to attend classes, travel through the hallways, sit at the lunch table with his/her friends, participate in group assignments, and ask questions to teachers in real-time. The additional benefits to the student, family, and school community are immeasurable. Please take a look at these videos to see the impact that Digital Classroom 2.0 is having –
Rotary/Helping Teachers Teach Presentation at Point Pleasant Elementary – https://youtu.be/03yIcSZDUNI
Promotional Video from Double Robot featuring Old Mill High School student –
If an organization or business donates the funds for the robot, there is an opportunity to “dress” the robot in a t-shirt and stickers to show the support for this project. Once a student no longer needs the robot, it will be assigned to another student on a waiting list. At any given time in Anne Arundel County Public Schools, there are 80-100 students who are receiving Home & Hospital Teaching services and many of these students would benefit from the use of a robot.
Please consider sharing as much or as little of this information with friends, colleagues, family members, or anyone you think might be interested in supporting Digital Classroom or Digital Classroom 2.0. I am the contact at Anne Arundel County Public Schools for this project, so please do not hesitate to contact me directly. Thank you so much for any assistance you can provide in supporting Digital Classroom & Digital Classroom 2.0.
Carol Ann McCurdy
Director of Partnerships, Development, and Marketing
Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Executive Director, 21st Century Education Foundation
2644 Riva Road
Annapolis, MD 21401