District Receives Grant for 21st Century Learning

District Receives Grant for 21st Century Learning photo
The district was one of 38 school districts selected by the New York State Education Department to receive a Student Support and Academic Enrichment grant. The district is getting $889,241 in federal funds through the Every Student Succeeds Act for technology enhancement. 

Amityville students will engage in a technology-supported, team-building approach in which they will participate as designers, engineers, documenters and strategists to create board games and video games based on informational and fictional texts selected from the existing curriculum. A focus on STREAM — science, technology, reading, engineering, the arts and math — will engage teachers in creating and facilitating hands-on rigorous interdisciplinary units of study with their students.

Teachers will learn to use online support tools such as coding platform kidOYO. Google Classroom will be used both as a professional learning network for teacher communication and ongoing collaboration, as well as a cloud-based curriculum platform to scaffold student learning from grade to grade. Students will transition from the board game design process in elementary schools to robotics, coding and video game development at the middle school level. This will provide opportunities for school-to-career pathways in advanced coding, visual media and mobile app design at the high school level.

In addition, teacher specialists supporting ENL and students with disabilities will learn to use visual media, such as Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality tools, to make science and social studies curriculum come alive, while enriching vocabulary development and oral language fluency.

The district will continue its partnership with Digital Age Learning, an educational technology consulting company, to support these new initiatives.

“The district is proud to be awarded the Student Support and Academic Enrichment grant,” said Superintendent Dr. Mary T. Kelly. “We will utilize these funds to create a personalized learning experience in essential 21st-century skills, including critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity to support college and career readiness across all content areas.”