ICE Forming All Over Lincoln School!
Last summer brought the awarding of several ICE (Innovation, Creation, Exploration) Grants to Lincoln Faculty. These are $1,200 grants to support faculty in exploring and creating new programming—for the classroom and/or the broader school community. Faculty members were invited to submit one-page proposals outlining the project they would like to undertake. The proposals should be aimed at innovative projects that are focused on our continued consideration for preparing our students for living and learning in the 21st century and/or connecting with the greater Providence community and beyond.
The thirteen proposals submitted were carefully reviewed, discussed and evaluated by a panel. While all proposals were deemed to have merit, five were considered best to fulfill the criteria set forth in the grant goals description. The awardees—from different disciplines and divisions—and their projects are the following:
Betsy Hunt (Technology Specialist and Lincoln webmaster)
To employ Web 2.0 tools— wikis, Voicethread, Skype and other web 2.0 tools—with younger students that will involve students in digital tools and their use and place in a modern world. It also will serve as a model for other faculty members in their pursuit of greater creativity in the classroom and beyond.
Cate Hibbitt '85 (Middle and Upper School Science Teacher)
To participate in a Challenge 20/20 project. Cate was already chosen by the National Association of Independent Schools to participate in its project Challenge 20/20 that is based on Jean Francois Rischard’s book High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them. In the book, he articulates 20 global problems from which students will choose a global problem to work on, identifying and proposing local solutions in cooperation with other school teams.
Ben Walsh (Kindergarten Teacher)
To create digital portfolios of and with Kindergarteners that electronically documents student progress that can lead to greater understanding of their work. This can benefit students (yes, Kindergarteners), their parents and teachers. This may serve as a model for teachers to consider and develop alternative assessment tools.
Katy Wood (Middle School Science Teacher)
To create a “tinkering table” to encourage the free exploration that will be associated the real time, real world discovery of how objects work—the mechanics, engineering, design and functionality of everyday objects. This project will serve as a jumping off place for the STEM disciplines.
Matt Knippel (Middle and Upper School Music Teacher)
To create a sound studio for students of all ages to create digital sound content. In a world increasingly focused on audiovisual means of communication, this project will not only develop technology skills, but will also help students learn to listen carefully and with discrimination to make editorial and meaningful judgments about sound creation and content.