1. Today will be sunny with temperatures topping out at about 45 degrees, according to weather.com. Tonight will be mostly clear, with just a 10 percent chance of rain, and low temperatures of about 30 degrees.
2. Over the past two years, East Lyme has funded a variety of technological upgrades as part of the school district's five-year technology plan, replacing 40 percent of the schools' computer stations and adding Smart boards, computer tablets, and digital pojectors to the classrooms.
High school students are using clicker response technology, iPads, and flip cameras to enhance projects and assignments; students at Haynes, Flanders, and Niantic Center are using SMART Boards and other media to demonstrate their learning; and middle school students are using programs like Glogster, Movie Maker, and SMART Tools to enhance their presentations.
You can read all about it in the districts' latest newsletter.
3. Similar technological upgrades are appearing in Lyme-Old Lyme schools but the district is getting a little help from its friends to provide even more high-tech options to students. In its final meeting of 2012, the Lyme Old Lyme Education Foundation awarded three more grants to schools in the district. The grants were for:
- A 3d printer for a multi-disciplinary technology, arts and science team at Lyme Old Lyme High School, a grant value of more than $10,500.
- A Portable Document Camera for integrating hands-on student learning with 21st Century Technology for Lyme Consolidated School, a value of nearly $900.
- 24 e-readers to Lyme Old Lyme Middle School, which serve as a pilot study for the media center reading and teaching program, a value of over $8,000.
These grants bring the total awarded to local education initiatives in 2012 to over $40,000. Since its launch, the Foundation has awarded more than $125,000 in grants.
4. If you'd like to help the Foundation continue its grant work, you can make a donation and have fun at the same time by signing up to participate in the Lyme Old Lyme Education Foundation's first annual Trivia Bee. The event was originally scheduled to be held last fall but got pushed back by Superstorm Sandy. It will now be held January 25 at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School.
If you're interested in putting together a team, you'll find an application form along with information about the foundation's current fundraising efforts here.
5. Want to test your trivia prowess before the big event? TriviAcademy hosts trivia nights every Tuesday at The Black Sheep in Niantic and at The Lyme Inn in Old Lyme at 8:30 p.m. It's free to play and great fun, and winners take home gift certificates that encourage you to come back and do it all over again!