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Twitter contest, donor matching brings 40 computers to Nissitissit

By Anne O’Connor,aoconnor@nashobavalleyvoice.com

Posted:   04/18/2016 10:46:51 AM EDT

PEPPERELL — Good things come to those who ask.

“You might as well just throw it out there,” said Ethan Worth, the computer teacher at Nissitissit Middle School. So, he did.

While on Twitter he came across a contest for to win a connected classroom from Best Buy. “Best Buy Education @BestBuy… 12/31/15 Enter for a chance to win a STEM or Connected Classroom! #FETC Best Buy Education booth 2235.

A regular Twitter user, always on the hunt for new ideas from other teachers for teaching science, technology, engineering and math, Worth jumped on it.

He tweeted back, “@BestBuyEdu #BestBuySweeps connected classrooms could inspire wonder in #stem learning and help promote creativity in our students!”

Then he forgot about it.

Nissitissit was in the middle of another effort to bring technology to the classroom through DonorsChoose.org.

The organization that matches donations dollar to dollar reached out to Nissitissit after an earlier campaign brought iPads to Mark Cullen’s social studies classroom.

Nissitissit raised its half of the nearly $10,600 needed to purchase 30 Chromebooks and a charging cart in under four months, Worth said.

Donors from Pepperell, including families and members of the Pepperell Business Association, pitched in, said Vice Principal Lauren Young.

The projects on DonorsChoose get additional donations from individuals with no connection to the school, she said.

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A group called #BestSchoolDay funded the last part of the effort.While all this was going on, Worth received a direct Tweet from Best Buy. Nissitissit was in the running for a connected classroom.

The next day, he got word he won. Soon, 10 Chromebooks, a large touch-screen television and a table and chairs for the equipment arrived at the school.

The 30 Chromebooks and their cart funded through DonorsChoose arrived around the same time.

“We worked so hard,” said Young said. “It was a great windfall.”

Worth is still unpacking the equipment and setting it all up for the students at the school.

“We love technology here,” Young said.

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Interactive Explorers in the NMS Lobby

You may have noticed during your last visit to NMS that we had some famous guests in the lobby. Mrs. Worth’s Social Studies class learned about explorers and made life-size drawings of them that were interactive. With help from Mr. Worth and his Tech Crew, the class designed buttons for each explorer that when pressed, would allow the explorer to speak to their audience with some fun facts! Our students love to visit the explorers on their way to class and learn a new fun fact each time!

The buttons were wired to a Makey Makey and a Raspberry Pi and were programmed with scratch. Not only was this a great learning experience about the explorers but it was also a meaningful lesson in technology and perseverance!

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Important Community Meeting to Plan the Future of NMRSD

nmrsd logoHelp shape the future of our district!

Students, staff, parents, and community members are cordially invited to participate in a creative and exciting Envisioning Workshop to plan the future of our district.

North Middlesex Regional High School

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

6:30-8:00 p.m.

Participants of our Planning Team had the following comments about using the visioning protocol:

“Engaging, made me feel like I was helping make a difference.”

“….effective in involving many perspectives within the community.”

“It is very important to look at where we are and plot the path to where we want to be.”