Educational Technology Grant Program

 

2007/08 ETGP Awardees

Name/School Title Abstract
  • Patti Henning
  • Longleaf Elementary
Interactive Learning…It's a Brain Thing

As a fourth grade teacher, my challenge is to find more efficient and interactive ways to engage students in learning. I need to create an environment that is intellectually stimulating and reduces the competitiveness that causes students to withdraw from the learning process. Utilizing differentiated instruction requires analyzing student learning on a daily basis to design lessons that meet each student’s needs. The Classroom Performance System is an interactive system which will: engage all students in a non-competitive format, and enable me to analyze student responses in real-time, resulting in immediate remediation and increased efficiency in designing differentiated lessons.

  • Bonnie Robinson, Suzie Rogers, Jim Bracken, Tammy Marmo, Sherie Troisi,  Maria V. DeChristofan
  • Palm Bay Elementary
The Little Red 21st Century School House

Palm Bay Elementary School proposes The Little Red 21st Century School House. This project was developed by the Integrating Technology Team (ITT) to solve the problem of the “digital divide” – the huge discrepancy in access to technology resources among students of low socioeconomic groups.  As a Title 1 school, Palm Bay Elementary will use this project to solve this problem by integrating technology into inquiry-based science lessons.  A Brain Pop website subscription and video conferencing equipment will be used to support this integration into both the science lab and Media/technology lab.

  • Robin Robb
  • Indialantic Elementary
Technology Enhanced Lessons for Learning TELL

This grant proposal addresses a need for updated equipment such as digital cameras, camera card printer, high speed memory cards, Brain Pop Website Subscription, Toon Boom Animation Studio software and a color scanner that students can use for photography, clay animation, artwork, and storybook cartooning. Our proposed solution is to purchase equipment that will enable my students to take their digital photography and clay animations to a higher level. This grant proposal will also provide the opportunity for my students to develop and apply creativity skills as well as critical thinking.

  • Krista W. Hemmer
  • University Park Elementary
Techno-Books

Many students in my class come from disadvantaged homes and do not have access to appropriate books. Reading is often not a high priority at home. Television is the main form of media exposure. I want to bridge the gap between these types of media and teach students and their families to associate books with the same pleasure and entertainment they find on TV. The grant will allow students to become authors of techno-books, using digital photography and sound. This project will create excitement for reading that will increase the intrinsic value of all books and create life long readers.

  • Jean Flammio, Ada Lord, Mimi Reeves, Peggy White, John-Paul Zepp
  • Audubon Elementary
BOOST Bringing Out Our Students' Thinking Our school is an option for students whose home school did not make AYP.  This year, we experienced a much larger than usual group of those students in the fourth and fifth grade.  Each grade level depends on a certain curriculum from the previous grade level.  We are discovering some gaps in the student’s knowledge, so we are looking for proven solutions to help students gain the knowledge necessary to continue the success our school has enjoyed the past years.  We are proposing using the following to help us in this quest:  BrainPOP,  Science Court, and the Squibs video collection
  • Brett Poole
  • Challenger 7 Elementary
The Slightly Mad Scientist Our goal is to produce short attention grabbing science videos which teach students vocabulary terms and demonstrate hands-on science experiments in a fun and entertaining way.  These short episodes will be shown after morning announcements so that each child in the school will get to watch and become familiar with science terminology using a variety of teacher directed hands-on science experiments.  Each episode will focus on specific science vocabulary taken from the CSI (Creating Science Inquiry) handbook and put into hands-on experiences that will not only teach, but do it in an entertaining fashion.  Students will have an opportunity to place their science questions in a box that will be stationed in the Media Center and have the questions answered by the Slightly Mad Scientist during the episodes.
  • Richard Flesher, Maria Peebles
  • Stone Middle School
Radio Reads Currently 65% of my intensive reading students are non-fluent readers as measured on the Oral Reading Fluency assessment.  One method of increasing a student’s fluency is the use of repeated partner reading. Motivation is also a key factor in promoting successful outcomes to oral reading practice.I would like to have my students create and produce radio reads using sound editor and recording software in my classroom. Their productions would be posted on my school’s website.  A radio read is a type of podcast involving two students taking an informational text and converting it into an interview style radio production.
  • Nancy S. Cross
  • Merritt Island High School
Integrating Computer Algebra System (CAS) Technology into the Liberal Arts Mathematics Classroom

Traditionally the Liberal Arts Mathematics course has been a last resort class for students who did not fare well in “on track” math classes like Geometry and Algebra 1.  Students in this course often do not see the value of math in their lives.  In this grant proposal, I will show how introducing graphing calculator technology with CAS, like the Casio ClassPad 300, can inspire these students to view math in a completely different way.  Using this technology will allow my students to explore more complex and challenging problems and inspire them to higher levels of achievement.

  • Susan Nardelli, Marino Nardelli
  • Quest Elementary
The Quest for a 21st Century Computer Lab We are striving to increase the quality of teaching and learning by enhancing the efficiency of how instruction is delivered.  We want to achieve this by adding a document camera with projector to the twenty-five student stations that are in our lab.  Our classroom teachers have one forty minute block of time, each week, to use the lab with their classes. However, they currently have no means to present a multimedia lesson. Teachers are eager to use the lab but are limited due to this dilemma. Acquiring this equipment will enrich the learning environment for our 851 students.
 

 


  

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