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Calcutta Elementary receives eBook grant

February 9, 2009

CALCUTTA - Calcutta Elementary School will be adding some books to their resources but these special stories will not take up any shelf space.

Title I Teacher Cristy Zimmerman was awarded the Sylvan Dell Publishing Resource Grant which brings 35 eBooks to the teachers, students and parents involved with the school.

"This one-year site license provided unlimited access to all 35 Sylvan Dell eBooks, featuring flipviewer technology with selectable English and Spanish text and audio," Sara Dobie, Sylvan public relations director, said.

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Pictured are some of the interactive eBooks that are now available to Calcutta Elementary students, parents, and teachers. (Photo by David M. Grimes)

These interactive books will be available for all teachers and can be displayed on computers at the school as well as at the students' homes.

All it took was for Zimmerman to consult Principal Tessa Trainer and a fellow Title I instructor who both approved of the opportunity.

"They both said go for it," Zimmerman said. "I submitted it ... came to work the next morning and there was a congratulations in my inbox."

She recently sent a packet of information by email to the each grade level teacher and sent out the necessary login information to the parents as well.

Teachers, students and parents will have access to the online books and related activities through June.

On the site, worksheets and quizzes are available and each story has an outline indicating which Ohio state standards are met through the activities. Most books focus on the language arts, science and math standards.

The eBooks are organized into several different categories like marine animals, wildlife, southwestern, habitats, rocks an minerals zoo animals, astronomy, math concepts and birds.

The lessons and reading levels are aimed towards students in third grade or higher, but resourceful K-2 teachers have found a way to implement the Ebooks to supplement their lessons too.

"They plan on putting the story on the SmartBoard and they'll all do the story on there," Zimmerman said.

This will allow the teacher to control the computer functions on an interactive white board. The audio and virtual page turning is also available for all the students to see.

Zimmerman said it was great to hear that some teachers were already taking time during their lunch period to test out the site and hopes her fellow teachers take advantage of the online resources.

The goal is to get the elementary students excited about reading whether it's on an actual book or a virtual one.

"It is neat, I'm really excited about it," Zimmerman said. "(I'm) hoping parents are using it and that the kids will make use of it."



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