Ed. Tech.

STAR-W: Students Using Technology To Achieve Reading – Writing

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May 1, 2003 – June 30, 2004

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District Information

Description of Project

Technology used

District(s):
Atlantic City Public Schools 

School(s):
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School

Project Director:
Mrs. Marilyn Cohen, Project Director
609-343-7200 x 5681
marilyn726@aol.com

Superintendent:
Mr. Fredrick Nickles, Superintendent
609-343-7200

Writing and peer editing with handheld computers, increasing access to technology for students through the use of handheld computers for peer editing as students beam or hot sync their writing to peers, providing intense professional development, participating in the Intermediate Technology Certificate Program, a 50-hour series of professional development workshops and in-class mentors for teachers, posting student projects, teacher lesson plans, research and links to help parents, community members and teachers know what is going on throughout the project as well as highlighting the students.

URL: http://www.starw.org/

• Alpha Smart – Dana
• Digital cameras
• Digital video cameras
• Projectors
• Visual Presenter
• Scanners
• HyperStudio
• KidPix
• Compass Learning
District(s):
Audubon Public Schools 

School(s):
Haviland Avenue School
Mansion Avenue School

Project Director:
Ms. Mariann Falchetta, Project Director
856-547-7695 x 161
falchetm@audubon.k12.nj.us

Superintendent:
Ms. Mary Anne Rende, Superintendent
856-547-1325

Participating in an on-going and systematic plan to raise student achievement in language arts literacy through the implementation of technology, providing intensive summer technology and literacy professional development, introducing skills that will assist in the design and delivery of instruction to meet identified needs, aligning instruction with the New Jersey Core Content Curriculum Standards to raise student achievement, implementing Accelerated Reader, after-school study groups, grade level meetings, in-class mentoring, modeling and observations, using wireless mobile computer labs on a regular basis for students to conduct research and expand their writing capabilities through writers’ workshops, conducting literature circle activities by videoconferencing between the participating schools, posting student work and activities on a project web site.

URL: http://www.audubon.k12.nj.us/

• 2 wireless labs
• Teleconferencing
• Accelerated Reader
• Kidspiration
District(s):
Elizabeth Board of Education 

School(s):
Abraham Lincoln Elementary School #14

Project Director:
Ms. Julia A. Stapleton, Project Director
908-436-5302
stapleju@elizabeth.k12.nj.us

Superintendent:
Mr. Thomas G. Dunn, Jr., Superintendent
908-436-5010

Addressing the infusion of multiple technology resources to enhance the scientifically-based research materials in Elizabeth’s newly implemented language arts literacy program. Abraham Lincoln School #14 is empowering students and staff in grades 3, 4, and 5 to integrate technology for reading and writing activities that align to the Core Curriculum Content Standards. The web-based system, NetSchools Orion, engages the STAR-W teachers in sharing lesson plans, providing continuous assessment, and managing information for data driven decisions. Professional development and mentoring are ongoing through the Union County Educational Technology Training Center and Innovative Designs for Education staff. Elizabeth’s School 14 STAR-W web site showcases grant activities and students’ pride in being STARS.

URL: http://www.ngenkids.com/elizabeth

• Mobile wireless laptop cart
• Digital cameras
• Digital camcorder
• DVD/RW
• Projector
• Videoconference cameras
• Scanners
• NetSchools Orion
• Web tools
• Inspiration
• Houghton Mifflin and Open Court aligned software and materials
District(s):
Englewood Public School District 

School(s):
Cleveland School
Lincoln School

Project Director:
Ms. Rosemary Seitel, Project Director
201-862-6215
rseitel@epsd.echalk.com

Superintendent:
Dr. John Grieco, Superintendent
201-862-6000

Using technology to support process writing and reading development, extensive professional development, using a project-based learning model to foster active student learning, increasing teacher’s technology implementation through teacher peer support and mentoring.

URL: http://lincoln.echalk.com/www/lincoln/site/hosting/STAR/index.htm

• Wireless laptops
• Projectors
• Scanners
• Digital cameras
• Lexia Phonics
• Power Proofreader
• Kid Pix
• Leveled Reader
District(s):
Florence Township School District
Beverly City
New Hanover Township
 

School(s):
Marcella Duffy Elementary School
Roebling Elementary School

Project Director:
Mr. Steve Falcone, Project Director
609-499-4612
sfalcone@florence.k12.nj.us

Superintendent:
Dr. Louis Talarico, Superintendent
609-499-4600

Providing project LA2T2 (Language Arts Achievement Through Technology) targeted professional development, coaching, sharing and collaboration between three districts, Daily integrated curriculum lessons between three districts.

URL: http://www.florence.k12.nj.us/Duffy/starw.htm

• Desktop computers
• Wireless laptops
• Printer
• SuccessMaker

District(s):
Hackensack Board of Education 

School(s):
Jackson Avenue School
Fanny M. Hillers Elementary School
5-6 School at State Street

Project Director:
Dr. Mary Ann Reilly, Project Director
201-646-7829
m.reilly@hackensackschools.org

Superintendent:
Dr. Joseph Montesano, Superintendent
201-646-7830

Enhancing Reading and Writing in Technology-rich Environments (Project E-WRITE) Increasing student achievement in language arts literacy through the development of multi- and hypermedia units of study based on scientifically-based research.

URL: http://www.hackensackschools.org/~hes/starw.htm

• Knowledge Box software
• SmartBoards
• Mobile laptops
• Projectors
• Printers
• Digital cameras
• Webcam
• Inspiration
District(s):
Hoboken Board of Education 

School(s):
Wallace School

Project Director:
Ms. Mary Lou Kane, Project Director
201-356-3665
mkane@hoboken.k12.nj.us

Superintendent:
Mr. Patrick Gagliardi, Superintendent
201-356-3601

Acquiring teacher proficiency in the use of educational technology integration including e-mail, web-browsing, web page development tools, search engine tools, safe practices, online specialized language arts software, providing access for students to Internet resources including letter, diaries, photographs, maps and artifacts from the past that promote learning and which stimulate and nurture a love of reading and writing.

URL: http://www.hoboken.k12.nj.us/misc/star_w.htm

• SmartBoards
• Projectors
• Computers
• Accelerated Reader
• MS Office XP  
District(s):
Lawnside Public Schools 

School(s):
Lawnside Public School

Project Director:
Mr. Ralph Johnson, Project Driector
856-546-4850
rjohnson@lawnside.k12.nj.us

Superintendent:
Ms. Cassandra Brown, Superintendent
856-546-4850

Integrating technology into the curriculum and instruction to lead to increased student performance, setting the instructional stage in ways that will support new learning environments.

URL:

• Desktop computers
• Wireless laptop labs
• Kurzweil 3000
• Start to Finish Books
• Inspiration
• Kidspiration
• Co-Writer 4000
• Invitations to Literacy
• MMS import/export  
District(s):
Middle Township School District 

School(s):
Middle Township Elementary #2

Project Director:
Ms. Wendi Caulfield, Project Director
609-465-1827 x 301
caulfield@comcast.net

Superintendent:
Ms. Karen Buesing, Acting Superintendent
609-465-1800

Expanding and integrating the utilization of technology in the balanced literacy instructional blocks to enhance student learning, extending and supporting student learning through the restructuring of instruction so that technology use is a given.

URL: http://www.middle.capemayschoolsx.com/mt2/index.html

• Wireless labs
• SmartBoards
• Projectors
• TV, DVD, VCR
• Digital video cameras
• Electronic spellers
• Accelerated Reader  
District(s):
Monroe Township Public Schools 

School(s):
Radix Elementary School

Project Director:
Ms. Diane Bernstein, Project Director
856-629-6400 x 1009
dbernstein@monroetwp.k12.nj.us

Superintendent:
Dr. Robert Terrill, Superintendent
856-629-6400

Focusing on increased access to technology within the classroom, ongoing communication with parents, videoconferencing, an aggressive teacher professional development program focusing on national technology standards and project-based learning environments, a support system made up of administration, a reading specialist and an in-class technology mentor to ensure integration of technology into the elementary curriculum.

URL: http://www.monroetwp.k12.nj.us/es/radix/starw/starw.htm

• Desktop computers
• Wireless laptops
• Printers
• Scanner
• LCD projector
• Digital camera
• Imagination Express
• Making Awesome iMovies
• MS Office  
District(s):
Ocean City Public Schools 

School(s):
Ocean City Primary School
Ocean City Intermediate School

Project Director:
Ms. Suzanne E. Tarasevich, Project Director
609-399-4234
etaraservic@aol.com

Superintendent:
Dr. Donald E. Dearborn, Superintendent
609-399-5150

Increasing student achievement in language arts literacy in grades three through five, integrating technology into the language arts curriculum and instruction, providing classroom teachers with intense, ongoing professional development opportunities and in-class support focused on integrating technology into curriculum and instruction.

URL:

• Thin client workstations
• Digital video cameras
• Digtal cameras
• ClassLink software
• Astro Word
• Book Builder
• Multimedia Studio
• Teacher’s Technology Companion  
District(s):
Ocean Gate School District 

School(s):
Ocean Gate Elementary School

Project Director:
Ms. Toni Mullins, Project Director
732-269-3023
tmullins@oceangateschool.net

Superintendent:
Dr. Toni Mullins, Superintendent
732-269-3023

Providing teachers with relevant and sustained professional development, mentoring, coaching and in-class support that focuses on integrating technology into the language arts literacy curriculum, developing curriculum for student directed, differentiated instruction that includes lessons with a focus on Ocean Gate history, a virtually published online museum, and a parent information page on the school website.

URL: http://www.oceangateschool.net/STAR-W_index.html

• SmartBoards
• Digital cameras
• Webcams
• Inspiration
• Kidspiration  
District(s):
Orange Board of Education 

School(s):
Park Avenue Elementary School

Project Director:
Ms. Benae Lambright, Project Director
973-677-4015 x 682
Lambribe@mail.orange.k12.nj.us

Superintendent:
Dr. Nathan Parker, Superintendent
973-677-4000

Offering in-class mentoring and summer workshops to promote effective infusion of technology into instruction in the CCCS in language arts literacy, reading and writing, encouraging parents to use the technology in the education of their child.

URL: http://www.orange.k12.nj.us/~ettc/starw.htm

• Dana
• Leapfrog Classroom library
• Lexia Phonics Assessment
• Lexia Phonics Intermediate Intervention software  
District(s):
Oxford Township School District 

School(s):
Oxford Central School

Project Director:
Ms. Jeanne Kimball, Project Director
908-453-4101
kimball@warrennet.org

Superintendent:
Mr. Dennis Wolf, Chief School Administrator
908-453-4101

Creating systemic change that will assist every student – regardless of race, ethnicity, income, geographical location, or disability – in becoming technologically literate by the end of eighth grade, providing intense professional development including ongoing, sustained raining, mentoring in-class, in-class support, online mentoring, mentoring in-district or within the school, online workshops and courses and regularly scheduled workshops, training parents on how to communicate with staff with e-mail and how to use the school’s web site as a resource.

URL: http://www.warrennet.org/starw/oxford/index.html

• Mobile computer lab
• Handheld computers and keyboards
• Rigby Reading
• Reading & Writing software  
District(s):
Paterson Public Schools 

School(s):
School #10

Project Director:
Dr. Jack A. Perna, Project Director
973-321-0995
jperna@paterson.k12.nj.us

Superintendent:
Dr. Edwin Duroy, State District Superintendent
973-321-0980

Fostering the relationships within the learning community so that the power of collaborative inquiry drives the professional development of teachers as well as the work of students, providing equitable access to a mobile computer lab with Internet connectivity and handheld computers, student-parent literature circles, increasing technological support for English-as-a-Second Language students, increasing differentiation of literacy curriculum, using e-books, Internet resources and aides by the "Generation Y" Program, communicating through e-mail, sharing through a constantly updated website, and using the project-based learning model, WebQuest.

URL:

• Wireless laptop computers
• LCD projectors
• Dana handheld units
• Digital video cameras
• Printer
• Scanners
• Print Shop Suite
• Moviemaker
• Generation Y license
• Generation Y hardware  
District(s):
Pemberton Township Schools 

School(s):
Denbo Elementary School

Project Director:
Ms. Kathy L. Bernacki, Project Director
609-893-8141 x 2087
kbernacki@pemb.org

Superintendent:
Mr. Mark Cowell, Superintendent
609-893-8141

Collaborating to produce desktop published products (literary magazines, classroom newsletters, school yearbook) using state of the art technology tools (digital cameras, literacy software, wireless laptop computers, color printers and CD-burners), choreographing engaging opportunities for young STAR-Writers to share their literacy products with diverse audiences.

URL: http://www.pemberton.k12.nj.us/Denbo/default.htm

• Mobile wireless laptop lab
• White boards
• Digital cameras
• CD-burners
• Color printers
• LCD projectors  
District(s):
Stafford Township School District 

School(s):
McKinley

Project Director:
Ms. Anu Vedantham, Project Director
609-489-0240
avedantham@staffordschools.org

Superintendent:
Mr. Ronald L. Meinders, Superintendent
609-978-5708

Offering extensive professional development opportunities consisting of a technology proficiency series at the beginner and intermediate levels, integrating technology into the reading and writing process, supporting participating teachers with an in-class mentoring program as they develop lesson plans and curricula that integrate technology, posting information, lesson plans, curricular ideas and parent information on the web site.

URL: http://www.staffordschools.org/starw/

• Laptops
• Scanners
• Handheld computers
• Digital cameras
• Plasma Screens
• Printers
• Inspiration
• Reading for Meaning
• Eye-Q
• Hollywood software
• Scholastic Reading Inventory  
District(s):
Swedesboro-Woolwich Board of Education
Pitman Public Schools
 

School(s):
Thomas Stratton

Project Director:
Ms. Joan M. Jackson, Project Director
856-467-0146
jjackson@swedesboro-woolwich.com

Superintendent:
Mr. Richard Fisher, Superintendent
856-467-0221

Initiating a comprehensive innovative partnership that advances inter-district collaboration in the pursuit of the goal to increasing student achievement of the NJCCCS in language arts by at least 5%, utilizing research-based instructional strategies that integrates technology with reading and writing instruction intending to motivate and engage all learners, merging research-based learning and teleconferencing resources as the public school and nonpublic school teachers collaborate to create "A Community of Learners."

URL:

• Videoconferencing
• Mobile laptop lab
• DVD/VCR
• Kidspiration
• Media Blender

 
District(s):
Trenton Public Schools 

School(s):
Parker Elementary School

Project Director:
Ms. Cheryl D. Heath, Project Director
609-278-3068
cheath@trenton.k12.nj.us

Superintendent:
Dr. James Lytle, Superintendent
609-989-2744

Providing on-site mentoring and traditional training for teachers, training teachers, students and parents on sophisticated hardware and software methods which support the development of students’ higher order thinking and problem-solving skills for language arts literacy, using writing strategies such as Orton-Gillingham and Write Traits training.

URL: http://www.trenton.k12.nj.us/starw

• Wireless laptops
• Server
• Projector
• SmartBoard
• Digital cameras
• Video camera
• Color printer
• Scanner
• Easybook deluxe  
District(s):
Union Beach Board of Education
Keyport Public Schools
 

School(s):
Memorial School

Project Director:
Ms. Vanessa P. Clark, Project Director
732-264-5400 x 133
vclark@ub.k12.nj.us

Superintendent:
Mr. Arthur J. Waltz, Superintendent
732-264-5405

Working as partners, the Keyport third and fourth grade teachers will act as peer coaches/ trainers, sharing information, curriculum and technology expertise in project-based learning, assessing the implementation of technology into instruction and its effect on student achievement.

URL: http://www.star-w.net/star-w/

• Dana units
• Desktop computers
• Laptop computers
• HyperStudio  
District(s):
West New York Board of Education 

School(s):
Public School Three

Project Director:
Ms. Barbara Deitmaring, Project Director
201-553-4020 x 8212
bdeitmaring@wnyschools.net

Superintendent:
Mr. Anthony Yankovich, Superintendent
201-553-4000

Empowering all third, fourth and fifth grade teachers in the school to integrate technology in the classroom curriculum through intense and on-going professional development providing a comprehensive cumulative series of workshops, curriculum integration training, coaching and mentoring using strong assessment and evaluation components to guide program planning and ensuring student achievement, availing lesson plans and projects for replication through the web site and promoting parental and community awareness.

URL: http://www.wnyschools.net/starw/starw.htm

• Wireless laptops in classrooms and library
• Projection units
• Digital cameras
• Scanners
• PowerPoint
• Inspiration
• Print Shop
• Specialized Language Arts Software
• Web Site Development  
District(s):
White Township Consolidated School District 

School(s):
White Township Consolidated School

Project Director:
Ms. Linda Heilman, Project Director
908-475-4773 X 229
lheilman@warrennet.org

Superintendent:
Mr. Anthony T. Amato, Chief School Administrator
908-475-4773

Combining the effective integration of technology resources and systems with professional development to promote research-based instructional methods that can be widely replicated throughout the rural area, and then throughout the state.

URL: http://www.warrennet.org/whiteschool/welcome.htm

• Wireless mobile lab
• LCD projectors
• Inspiration
• Mosaics of the Mind
• Co-Writer
• MS Office
• Adobe PageMaker
• Digital cameras  
District(s):
Winslow Township School District 

School(s):
Winslow Township School #5
Winslow Township School #6

Project Director:
Ms. Andrea Guogas, Project Director
609-561-4102
guogasan@winslow-schools.com

Superintendent:
Dr. Lawrence A. Hobdell, Superintendent
856-767-2850

Empowering students and staff members with greater access to information and learning opportunities through extensive ongoing professional development, in-class support and mentoring to participating teachers, providing a foundation for life long learning, strengthening partnerships through teleconferencing activities, inviting nonpublic schools, parents and other community members in to broaden the teaching and learning processes.

URL: http://www.winslow-schools.com/wttech13.htm

• SmartBoards
• LCD projectors
• Criterion software
• Perfect copy
• Phonics, handwriting & vocabulary software
• Inspiration
• Accelerated Reader  
District(s):
Woodlynne Public Schools
Deptford Township Schools
 

School(s):
Woodlynne Public School

Project Director:
Mr. William Frank, Jr., Project Director
856-962-8822
WmFrankjr@yahoo.com

Superintendent:
Dr. Patricia T. Doloughty, Superintendent
856-962-8822

Providing teachers and students from both districts with invaluable knowledge and experience that will excite and challenge all involved participants, providing on-going, sustained professional development for teachers through a two week summer "boot camp", distance learning, mentoring and in-house professional development, initiating student peer review via E-pals in an effort to improve student writing, experiencing new ways of learning by utilizing mobile wireless laptop labs, digital cameras and scanners.

URL: http://www.deptford.k12.nj.us/star/

• Wireless laptop labs
• Desktop computers
• Printers
• Scanners
• Digital cameras
• Projectors
• MS Office XP
• Kidspiration
• Print Shop
• Kid Pix
• Compass Learning Odyssey