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Jackson Wins Grant from Union County Education Foundation

Amy Jackson was all smiles when the Union County Education Foundation visited her classroom last month.

On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, Amy Jackson, music teacher at East Elementary School, received some exciting news. The “Prize Patrol” from the Union County Education Foundation knocked on her classroom door and awarded her with balloons and a big check in the amount of $453.53. Her grant application, “Integrating Technology in the Music Classroom with Nintendo’s Wii Music” had been approved and she was told her project would be funded.
Jackson applied for the grant in September of this school year. The grant guidelines focused on developing a project that would assist in achieving one or more of the school district and Foundation strategic goals, as well as involving the implementation of technology in the classroom. When asked why she applied for the grant, Jackson said, “Through the incorporation of technology in my music classroom, I am better equipped to develop the skills of students at East Elementary as 21st century learners. Through the collaboration with MENC: The National Association for Music Education, Nintendo’s Wii Music is being integrated into the curriculum of music classrooms nationwide.”
After purchasing the project materials, Mrs. Jackson will use the Nintendo Wii and Wii Music in her lesson planning and various classroom activities to build upon and improve student learning. “Engaging students in the learning process is of the utmost importance.” says Jackson. “Technology plays such an integral role in that process. With the addition of Wii Music to the curriculum, my students will be learning to enhance their musicianship through hands-on experiences that allow them to discover, develop, and explore their own creative voice.”

Written by: Amy Jackson, Music Teacher
Posted: Dec 02, 2013 by Lisa Moniz

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