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Flash Drive - USB xD Picture Card Reader/Writer
Single Unit Why I need this:
After collecting data in the field this device would offer a quick solution to importing images into the computer.
Quantity: 1 Price: $19.95
Transform an xD-picture card into a portable storage device, capable of transporting not only images, but audio, video and data.

FREE MoluCAD ($5.95 processing and validation fee applies)
Single Unit Why I need this:
The chemistry part of the biology cell lessons would be enhanced by hands on manipulation of the molecules being investigated.
Quantity: 1 Price: $0.00
Generate molecular models, view them from any perspective, and create reaction animations.

Simple Guide to Podcasting - Book/CD Set
Single Unit Why I need this:
Looking to get started with podcasting in my science classes.
Quantity: 1 Price: $19.95
Get step-by-step instruction on how to create and publish your own podcasts.

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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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Northwest High School
Hometown:
St. Louis, Missouri
Class Information:
Room Number: 118
Students per Class: 21
Class Description:
Standard 30 x 30 room equipped with 1 desktop teacher's computer
Position:
Science Teacher
Needs:
laptops, software (mapping software especially), video camera, water quality testing equipment and software
Personal Information:
About Me:
I am, appropriately enough for a life science teacher, really into critters. I have lots of living things in my classroom including cockroaches and lizards, fish, snails, shrimp, mice - well, you get the picture.
College and Degrees:
Kansas State University 1971 BS-Political Science Harris Stowe University 1998 - teaching credentials SoutheastMissouri State University - Present - Master's degree in Secondary Administration
Activities:
Running (Chicago Marathon 2007), hiking, fishing
Favorite Books:
Just finished "On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin - on my iPod, of course.
Favorite Quotes:
Science is life.
Interests:
Computer saavy and interested in helping students understand how best to use technology to benefit themselves and their families. Also, would like to help students grasp the idea that science education is relevant to their lives, perhaps now more than ever.
Employment History:
This is my ninth year in teaching and my fifth at Bayless High School. I worked in retail for eons and then did a short stint in non-profit management before becoming a teacher late in life.
Why Do I Teach?:
I'm interested in helping young people find ways to reach their personal goals. My own experiences have been less than they could have been simply because I never understood how to use the system to get what I wanted. There're more ways than one to get the skin off a cat!