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With the Support of Broadband Internet Teacher Librarian Brings Innovation to Schools

Shannon McClintock Miller, a teacher, librarian and member of our Faces of Innovation project is working tirelessly to bring more technology into her classroom. Based in Van Meter, Iowa, McClintock Miller is part of a growing trend of innovation in the Des Moines area, rightfully dubbed the Silicon Prairie. As reported in the Dallas County News, through broadband Internet her students have researched, written, illustrated and shared an eBook with the online world:

Shannon McClintock Miller, Van Meter Community School District Teacher Librarian, is just one out of a handful of individuals highlighted on the ?Faces of Innovation? website for teaching her students the benefits of learning through the internet.

McClintock Miller?s project, ?The Iowa Animal Research Project,? allowed her kindergarten students to pick out an Iowa animal, research about the chosen animal, present the idea to the class, draw the animal online and then put the information in an eBook.

?We do projects like this all year long, but we took it a step further by having them share their information with the others,? she said. ?They do such great work so we hate to keep it to ourselves. It?s important to get kids? work online because it gives them a real voice, not only with creating but with writing and creating art.?

McClintock Miller said she also created a video montage of her kids? artwork.

?It?s so powerful for any kids to show they are contributing to learning,? she said. ?Kindergarteners learned a lot by using the eBooks and other digital resources?It?s essential for kids to know these things because it?s the world they live in.?

Through learning McClintock Miller said her students can also teach parents as well as other educators how to use different forms of technology.

?We see this at school all the time (kids teaching teachers and parents) because kids are so good at technology,? she said. ?A lot of people have jobs that use advanced technology so we need to have experts in the community like our kids.?

Click here to read the full article from the Dallas County News.