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Mrs. Courtney Halliday-Oro

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Tool Factory Movie Maker, $69.95, 0.00% raised
Olympus PEN E-PL2 DSLR Quality Camera
Single Unit Why I need this:
This is a fantastic kit! I could document all the theater productions, make headshots and presskits for the plays, create programs and albums for the kids as a fantastic reward for them and teach them how to make theatrical portraits as well as action shots of scenes from the plays. This would be a wonderful and enriching tool for my Drama program!!
Quantity: 1 Price: $599.95
The PEN E-PL2 continues the PEN family’s legacy of a small, light and simple design, intuitive interface and DSLR image quality and expands your creative potential with new lens technology, Live Guide, and new in-camera creative features for incredibly beautiful and easy phtography adn HD video.

Tool Factory Slide Show V3
Single Unit Why I need this:
This would be great to create an album of pictures and moments of the productions in the Drama room and the children could create presentations of thier scripts and puppet shows.
Quantity: 1 Price: $29.95
Click to add images, sounds, text, and video for professional slide shows.

Tool Factory Movie Maker
Single Unit Why I need this:
This would be fantastic for the kids in Drama class to create a movie! We could choose a topic in Drama class and the kids could write scripts and create fantastic movies--this would be a huge boost to the kids morale and a great memory to bring home to the parents.
Quantity: 1 Price: $69.95
Edit video, create a claymation sequence, or build a slide show with simple click-and-drag mouse movements.

Clip Art Station
Single user, one year Why I need this:
It would be great to have creative clip art for flyers and posters to use for school fundraisers, plays, music concerts and field trip events. It would also be nice to teach the kids how to use clip art to make thier presentations more attractive
Quantity: 1 Price: $29.95
Visit http://www.clipartstation.com and get a great collection of photos and sound clips for projects!

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Here is the grant that I have won through Digital Wish: End of School Push - 11/2008
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Jotham W. Wakeman PS #6
Hometown:
New York City
Class Information:
Room Number: Drama Basement
Students per Class: 27 per class; 500 total
Class Description:
I'm the Drama Specialist at a large Elementary School in Jersey City, NJ. To promote literacy at an early age I link the Language Arts program with my Drama Program. The students perform Reader's Theater, Musicals, Poetry, Short play adaptations of popular children's novels and fairytales. The children write thier own puppet shows and perform them for each other. The children act out impovisation scenes, role play with character education themes and use thier imagination to create different characters and movement. I incorporate art in my class as well with sets, photography for head-shots and productions and computer animation to promote plays and make posters and programs.
Position:
Drama Teacher
Needs:
My students are from a low income area, most of them don't know how to use digital cameras and have limited computer use--library computers and one home computer. It would be an invaluable tool for them to be able to learn how to incorporate digital camera technology into thier presentations and how exciting it would be for thier parents to have a lasting memory and record of all the interesting things thier kids learn and perform in drama class. The class would become more meaningful and would boost thier self esteem to have a fantastic momento of thier work. The use of digital camera technology would open up a whole world for them.
Personal Information:
About Me:
I've been teaching Drama for five years in Jersey City. I started out my theater career as a struggling actress in New York City. I trained in London at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. After years of struggling to make a break in New York City,I decided to change my career path. I always had a dream of bringing my love of acting to children and I knew how much storytelling and theater are linked. I decided at 30 that I needed to change my profession from actress to drama educator. I discovered that Jersey City has a fanastic program to promote literacy in schools through Drama class--I was lucky to get a positon and become one of the first drama teachers in the Jersey City School District.
College and Degrees:
Bachelor of Arts Drama/ Liberal Arts Marymount Manhattan College 2 Year Acting Residency at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts, London England
Activities:
Playing with my beautiful 3 year old--exposing her to lots of theater and classical music. Helping my husband in his catering company--Mobile Cafe. Learning Spanish--my husband is Cuban and my daugher will be bilingual so I need to learn Spanish too!
Favorite Books:
Gone With the Wind--by Margaret Mitchell An Actor Prepares--by Constantin Stanislavski
Favorite Quotes:
"It is not out abilities that show us who we truly are, its our choices".... Harry Potter
Interests:
Dancing,Music, Art, Gourmet Food
Employment History:
Jersey City Board of Education LehmanBrothers, NYC Manhattan Theater Club
Why Do I Teach?:
I love to nuture children's imaginations and open them up to world of theater. I enjoy playing with them and exploring characters with them. The children teach me everyday.