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The Propelled to Read Project promotes literacy by placing literature in public locations.  Created by the Tenth Grade Independent Study Class at Propel Braddock Hills, the Propelled to Read Project incorporates many essential uses of technology that will contribute to its success.  Using the website www.librarything.com and a bar code scanner, students are able to catalog all books to help with organization of titles.  The website, www.songwhale.com, allows for customers to connect with the project through a series of text alerts.  QR codes (Quick Response codes) are used to scan the codes on the sides of libraries as a direct link to the project website that the project managers maintain.  The website provides information about the project including maps for locating the miniature libraries, request forms, book databases, contact information, and much more.  To learn more about the project visit http://goo.gl/susfm and follow the project on Twitter @propelledtoread


K'Nex Challenge
Students at Propel McKeesport participated in the 2012 K'Nex Challenge. Visit the STEM Education page to view the entire story accompanied by the music of Jack Johnson.


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The Andrew St. High School Beekeeping Program began in the 2010 Spring Semester with two hives, a small group of students, and their advisor. The following year, the project expanded to a dozen students and two new hives.  The program had its first honey harvest during the fall of 2010, which gave life to the “Asenath” brand name that funds the program.  In addition to honey, the beekeeping program also produces lip balm. Visit http://ashsbees.wix.com/asb#!site for additional information.


Homestead S.W.a.T. Team
Congratulations to the Propel Homestead Charter School S.W.a.T. Team for winning the Grand Prize, the “Bully Proofing Your School” Fall Seminar presented by Dr. Adolph Brown III, in the Anti-Bullying Initiatives Contest. The Marcus L. Ruscitto Charitable Foundation presented the Homestead S.W.a.T. (Stop, Walk, and, Talk) Team the award for their work in educating others in cyber bullying prevention.
The S.W.a.T Team, led by Propel Homestead Guidance Counselors Marlynn Love and Melissa Cerrone, is composed of seventh and eighth graders teaching primary and intermediate students about the impact of school cyber bullying and the steps students can take to intervene. Visit the Propel Homestead S.W.a.T. Team’s Facebook Page to learn more.



2012 Propel Tech Fair

Interested in presenting at the Propel Technology Fair on August 15, 2012?  Visit http://goo.gl/7NOUm and submit your request to share your knowledge of empowering students to create, collaborate, and communicate using technology. 

Non-Propel Employees interesting in attending the Propel Technology Fair should register at http://tinyurl.com/propeltechfair2012registration

For more information, please visit http://goo.gl/NxvhP


Making Better Movies On iPads 
(or any device)
Visit http://goo.gl/vLexP to find out more information on helping students make better movies on iPads and other devices. 


JOG THE WEB is a web-based tool that allows anyone to create a synchronous guide to a series of web sites.  Its step by step approach of taking viewers through web sites allowing the author to annotate and ask guiding questions for each page is unique.  Give it a try and start creating your own Jogs.


We Are Geometry
The fifth grade students at Propel Braddock Hills (K-8) created a music video using a variety of technology.  “We are Geometry," the student produced project in Mr. Rieger's and Mr. Patrick's class, was created using an iPad, GarageBand Application, and a karaoke version of the song “We are Young.” Once completed, the video was uploaded to Dropbox.  Click the link below to view the music video.


Jamie Chlystek’s eighth grade class at Propel McKeesport completed a project using ThingLink, a Web 2.0 tool that lets users add interactive links to any photo and turn them into fun web experiences that drives engagement.  Each group was assigned a topic focusing on US History from the Civil War to present day.  Visit their website, to find several images connected to topics that are tagged with additional websites and questions that can be answered on those sites.  Enjoy learning about each period of United States History that was studied throughout the school year.