WeDo LEGO Construction Program Expansion

Grant Applicant
Cari Reid
Grant Date
2019
Grant Category
Grant Co-applicants
School Site
Amount Funded
$317.00
Description (10 points)

Students in Grades 2-5 currently engage in the WeDo LEGO Robotics construction and coding using the LEGO Education WeDo Robotics Software, v. 1.2.  This grant would fund 15 kits at the next level as well as the new version of WeDo Software, v.2.0.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

Through the WeDo LEGO Construction curriculum students develop collaboration, communication and problem-solving skills. The tactile nature of the LEGO constructions bring coding and robotics to life for students.  After recreating the prescribed coding sequence, students design unique coding and engage in a productive creative process. Students love to play with LEGOS and this program bridges this student interest to science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills.  

Success of Program (10 points)

The program is extremely popular and is accessible by all teachers of grades 2 through 5 as well as by the Advanced Learning Students program and the PTO Enrichment program. The main objective for the WeDo LEGO Construction Project Expansion is to provide the pathway for students to take coding, engineering and collaboration to the next level.  

Implementation (10 points)

Students in Grades 2-5 will be able to access this project during Learning Laboratory time as planned by their individual teachers.  The new library construction will include a Learning Laboratory where the LEGO kits can be safely stored and appropriately used by students.  

Sustainability
The first set of kits was funded by Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation in 2013. The kits and software are all still in top working order. Students administer a parts inventory the first day of every course and are responsible with maintaining the kits. LEGO technical support is free for all educational purchases and replacement part packs are available if needed. The current technology lab and the soon to be constructed Learning Lab at Truckee Elementary provides the computers required and the space to safely store and utilize the sets.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Yes, this grant will be shared with teachers of Grades 2-5, the  Advanced Learning team, and the PTO Enrichment programs.  

Taxes
$244.96
Shipping
$0.00
Other funding sources

Principal Colborn has confirmed that there is no district funding for this program at this time.  Partial funding would be appreciated and possible to use given that these kits would be an expansion of an already existing program.  I have requested 15 kits because this would serve 30 students.  It would be difficult to fund htis project through class funds as these are often limited and used for field trips and classroom items.  If funding is partial or not attained through this grant other sources will be sought including through the Truckee Elementary PTO.  

Mini PCR Biotechnology Curriculum

Grant Applicant
Kathy Tallant
Grant Date
2019
School Site
Amount Funded
$5046.00
Description (10 points)

DNA and genetic analysis is one of the most widely used techniques in biotechnology.  Areas of use include ancestry determination, forensic science, cancer research, health evaluation, genetic modification of food, epidemiology, genetic counseling, just to name a few.  Most of the time, a process called polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is needed before the actual DNA analysis can be done.  This is because many available samples of DNA contain only a small amount of DNA.  PCR can take that small amount and make thousands of copies so that the sample becomes "amplified" or "multiplied".   This makes a large enough quantity for analysis.  Although PCR is widely used in industry, it has not been practical for high school science labs because of its cost and time requirements.   

The next step in DNA processing is called gel electrophoresis.  This step takes the "amplified" DNA, which has also been cut into segments, and lets it "run" through a gel that separates the different lengths into distinct bands.  The gels are stained with dyes and then viewed with a light table or with blue light which fluoresces the bands.  These band sequences look like rungs on a ladder and can be compared to known samples.  This is where a "match" or "non-match" can be determined.  This process is also time consuming and difficult to perform successfully.  

miniPCR is a company that has developed PCR cyclers and gel electrophoresis chambers that are much cheaper and easier for students to use compared to what is currently available.   the PCR cyclers use technology that allows students to track the progress and complete the process in one hour.  The gel electrophoresis chambers are self contained with the electrophoresis, staining, and blue light illumination system all in one.  This allows for a much greater success rate

I am requesting five mini8 thermal cyclers for PCR and 5 blueGel electrophoresis chambers.  Each of these machines can be used repeatedly, over and over again, and therefore could be shared by many different classes including Biology, Forensic Science, and Biomedical Sciences.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

This curriculum directly addresses the need for exposing students to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities and biotechnology careers.

The requested items would allow for a class of 32 students to complete the PCR process in one period and then run a gel electrophoresis on that sample in another class period.  This equipment is sufficient for each student to run their own sample.  The equipment would be used by biology classes, biomedical science pathway classes, the forensic science classes, and AP biology.  Once we have this equipment, many different labs could be conducted and taylored for each of these different subject areas.  Although students would be using the same equipment, they would get a difference experience for each lab in each class.  This potentially means that 300+ students per year could be using the equipment.  Essentially every student that attends Truckee High School would complete at least one PCR/gel electrophoresis lab and many students would complete multiple labs.

One of the most intriguing aspects of being able to use PCR is that students can analyze their own DNA samples.  These labs include a forensic science activity where the "guilty" person's DNA is actually from a student in the class, a lab where each student analyzes their own DNA to determine their genetic predisposition to be a "night owl" vs. a "morning person", and another where their DNA samples tell them if they have the PTC taster gene or not (this is a gene that causes some foods to taste bitter to those individuals carrying the gene)

In addition to the labs where students test their own DNA, there are many other different labs available from various companies that allow them to test pre-made samples for a variety of different purposes.  

 

Success of Program (10 points)

This curriculum allows students to experience actual techniques used in the biotechnology field.  It allows for them to explore different careers in Biotechnology and STEM.  The fact that they can analyze their own DNA should bring relevance.  The technology involved removes many sources of error so outcomes are more successful.  These factors both enhance the science curriculum and show success for the program.

Implementation (10 points)

This program could be implemented as soon as the equipment is ordered and becomes available.  Hopefully by the end of this year.  These techniques could easily be added to any of the current curriculums in any of the courses stated above without disruption.  The topic is already covered in these courses, this would just add the hands on component.

Sustainability
No additional funding would be needed. The current Measure A (AA) could easily cover the consumables needed as they are relatively inexpensive. This equipment is reusable.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Yes, all of the following courses could use this equipment:  Biology, AP Biology, Forensic Science, Intro to Biomedical Science, and Human Body Systems.

Taxes
$371.25
Shipping
$175.00

STEAMing Through the Middle with Robotics

Grant Applicant
Heidi Bushway Verkler
Grant Date
2019
School Site
Amount Funded
$7222.00
Description (10 points)

STEAMing Through the Middle with Robotics is a program that will peak and propel the middle students interest in coding and robotics in the STEAM elective classes at North Tahoe School while addressing several of the Career Technical Education (CTE) Standards and 21st Century Competencies. The students in the STEAM elective classes (5th, 6th, 7th & 8th Graders) currently engage in block programming with the free online program Scratch (https://scratch.mit.edu/), which is provided to the public by the MIT Media Lab. The 6th, 7th & 8th Graders take that learning further by creating and interacting with the Lego Mindstorm robotics kits in using blockly programming in creating challenges for their Lego robots. 

STEAMing Through the Middle with Robotics will expand upon the knowledge gained through block programming and allow the long term STEAM elective students (3 classes of 7th & 8th Graders) to take the next step in programming and robotics and to help prepare them for the Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways (https://bit.ly/2UnnqDy) offered here in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Parallax, a company based in Placer County and founded by local parent and entrepreneur, Ken Gracey, created the Cyber:bot Robotics Kits. These robots use the industry standard programming language of python. Parallax works in conjunction with National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC) (https://nicerc.org/) by offering free professional development tutorials for teachers and extensive curriculum for students. The Parallax robotics kits will provide several options to fulfill many goals in the STEAM lab while keeping the middle school students engaged in the design engineering process. 

The tutorials and curriculum for Cyber:bots is quite extensive. Students will be able to collaboratively work together in teams, apply their understanding of engineering and design process gained in the STEAM elective class, and be able to use those skills when creating robots to compete in online, teacher and student initiated challenges. 

Benefits of Program (10 points)

STEAMing Through the Middle with Robotics is a program that will benefit the students who have chosen STEAM as their year long elective at North Tahoe School. 7th and 8th Graders will expand upon their block coding and programming skills learned in 5th and 6th Grades by applying their knowledge to another programming language, python. This programming language is used out in the field and is the industry's standard language. Utilizing this language will better prepare students for elective classes in high school as well as prepare them for the Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways: the Systems Programming Pathway and the Engineering Design Pathway.  This program could possibly capture a student's interest as a possible career in coding and computer science. These robots could easily be showcased during the District STEAM Fair. 

Success of Program (10 points)

Success of implementing a newly expanded robotics program could be measured and assessed through the engagement of the students, their reflections during and after their new learning, as well as through public display showcasing what students learned about robotics and programming. Students will be interviewed and asked about how they could utilize their new learning in real world challenges and how working collaboratively with their peers by designing and engineering a robot for specific challenges could possibly help them in their future.

Implementation (10 points)

Students who choose to participate in the STEAM elective class all year will benefit the most if this project is funded. The idea is that students will learn about engineering and the design thinking process as well as refine their coding skills the first trimester. Near the end of the first trimester students would start utilizing the Parallax and robotics curriculum and start creating, building, reiterating their creations and working on challenges throughout the second trimester. The third trimester students would be able to start sharing out their learning and their robots during Open House and the District STEAM Fair.

Sustainability
If funded, this grant is sustainable on it's own. There are several components that can be added to these robots, however, many of which can be conjured up by the students through the reiteration process in the engineering and design thinking process and made with recycled materials that already exist in the STEAM Lab and are added to consistently by the students. The Measure AA Tech funds allotted to North Tahoe School could also be utilized if parts became broken or needed to be expanded upon. Plus, having the benefit of having the founder of Parallax within the community to help assist is extremely beneficial.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

This grant could benefit many of the students at North Tahoe School. The offering of being able to expand upon the robotics program could possibly encourage more students to try the STEAM elective program. The grant information can be shared with the other 7th and 8th Grade teachers, and could allow me to possibly work in unison with the math and science teachers to support and expand upon their core curriculum concepts. The students in the STEAM elective program will benefit the most and this knowledge and expertise can be shared with others during the school Open House and possibly during the district STEAM Fair.

Notes

Funding this project would allow the STEAM students to collaboratively work together in creating exciting, new and engaging robots while learning a new programming language. 

Taxes
$487.00
Shipping
$30.00
Budget Notes

The numbers included in the attached order would support 3 classes of 25 students per class. This curriculum will be utilized over two of the three trimesters. 

Other funding sources

Ken Gracey and I have met to discuss the Cyber:bot robots and the implementation of these robots in the middle school. This collaboration could possibly lead to trying different components for these robots in the future. 

Adapted Dreambox Mathematics Support Program

Grant Applicant
Erica Stukey Allstadt
Grant Date
2019
Grant Co-applicants
Amount Funded
$1500.00
Description (10 points)

Dreambox learning is an online adaptive program that is completely common core standards based.  Students are able to login and interactively practice standards that adapt automatically to their needs or their acceleration.  Teachers are able to assign by skills and standards or can just allow students to "play" without knowing that the program is reading what they need and adapting questions, numbers, and levels of learning.  This way the child has direct differentiation while still appearing to work at their grade level goals. Students can work at home and at school and teachers can check in to see specific skills to target in instruction or where students need to move on more quickly. This is another tool that allows students to grow as individuals within the classroom while teachers are able to track growth, collect data, and modify as needed. 

Benefits of Program (10 points)

The benefits of the program directly associate with the individual child, teacher instruction, and working towards the common core standards.  Students who have met standards can go more deeply into conceptual understanding or begin to make across discipline connections to other mathematical concepts, while students who are below can be scaffolded and supported in this adaptive program without anxiety or frustration and therefore can make growth towards standards in a constructive and positive way while maintaining a growth mindset.

Success of Program (10 points)

The program allows for data tracking on each grade levels standards and specific standard strands.  The data on the program graphs what grade levels and standards students understand and teachers can specifically target gaps.  We can find success as we see those gaps fill in and will also see an increase in understanding during daily number talks, classroom instruction, small group in depth problem solving, and in scores on our statewide CAASP assessments.

Implementation (10 points)

We would implement the use of the program in a variety of ways.  First, as a staff we would participate in familiarizing and practice the best use as a school wide program.  Then teachers may chose to apply the program during classroom Daily Three Math instruction, homework, additional small group instruction, and even during support on snow days and independent studies. The program is aligned with standards and has multiple language options in order to differentiate for students.

Sustainability
The reason for choosing this program is that it is known for its student success rate. Therefore, we would like to implement with your support within the first year and see, first, how well it supports our students, and second, be sure it is something the students enjoy because they are the ones that will be deep into the tool as part of their learning process. From there, we will judge its success for us and then approach our PTO, or site funds, to provide financial support in the continuing use of the program.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

We intend on being sure that we, as a school, vertically align as much as possible for the best success of our students. Therefore, we will like to apply the grant to all three classrooms but utilize as needed differentiate for the children in our rooms.

Budget Notes

I spent many hours trying to receive the most accurate quote I could when it came to pricing over the phone.  I struggled with not being able to get an exact answer without taking next steps. The information I did receive was that the minimum size license that they will sell is for 75 students.  The cost for student is roughy 20 dollars.  This how I came to the $1500 price tag. 

Other funding sources

The purchase of this is not in the budget for next year, which is why we are asking for your support. We will reach out to our PTO and discuss it with our staff to include it on our site funds budget for the following year.

SOLRUN CLASSROOM: STEM Solar Kits for Innovation and Engineering

Grant Applicant
Ashley Staron
Grant Date
2018
Amount Funded
$1128.00
Description (10 points)

These kits will whole class to invent and build simple solar-electric machines that run on light. This is for the purchase of two classroom kits of 15 Solardrive components, with additional tools and materials. Renewable and re-usable, the SolRun kit enables students to explore and invent solar-powered machines. Hands-on Solar Energy STEM.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

This class set of solar kids with help foster engineering skills and knowledge. Students will need to use problem solving skills to manipulate these tool to repurpose materials for the creation of solar powered vehicles. This tool will support our science and engineering standards. 

Success of Program (10 points)

The succes of this grant will be determined by the students application of energy and forces. The success will also be determined by the level of engagement to students display while working with these tools and finding alternative sources for energy and various applications of solar power.

Implementation (10 points)

This kit enables students to build onto recycled materials (such as cardboard, plastic bottles, blister packs, juice cartons, etc.) and/or onto wood. Wood dowel axle-shafts are held in place by screw eyes. With these, axle-shafts can be mounted onto almost anything, at almost any angle. Rubber tubing snippets keep the axles from sliding sideways. All gears, pulleys, wheels, and hubs fit onto the same size dowel. Possible SolarDrives, showing wheels, gears, pulleys, propellers, CD-hubs and shaft mounted directly to motor. 15 x 1 watt (2 volt x 500 mAmp) solar panels. Use the AA battery holder for solar battery-charging. Components can be dis-assembled and used over and over again, to build a wide variety of solar-electric machines. This will be used for classroom STEM acitivities in the classroom and support science and enginerring standards. 

Sustainability
These kits can and will be reused from year to year for grades 4th and 5th.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

These materials can be shared grades K-5, but apply to the 4th and 5th grade standards more accuratly. 

Taxes
$0.00
Shipping
$0.00

International Space Station Above for Donner Trail Elementary

Grant Applicant
Ashley Staron
Grant Date
2018
Amount Funded
$337.00
Description (10 points)

This grant is being written for all Donner Trail Elementary students to be able to observe the live feed from the International Space Station all day, everyday using ISS-Above! The ISS-Above tracks the International Space Station and displays information screens and live video from the external cameras on the ISS.ISS-ABOVE comes with Raspberry Pi, SD card with ISS-ABOVE software, PiGlow LED lights, in built WiFi and power supply. Requires an HDMI TV or Monitor. This set up with be mounted in the main hallway at Donner Trail Elementary to engage the students in continious space observation and be used to support instruction. 

Benefits of Program (10 points)

The ISS-ABOVE is an electronic device that brings the Space Station to your TV. With informational screens and live views of Earth from external cameras, the students will be able to observe:

  • The Space Station passes them by 5-8 times every single day
  • When and where to look to see the Space Station - it's visible when the solar panels catch the light, so around dusk and dawn. The ISS-Above tells you when and where to look, both by flashing like crazy and displaying information about the pass on the info screens
  • Who’s up there right now - each Expedition typically had a crew of 6 and lasts 6 months. Three astronauts change out every 3 months so there's continuity for the crew
  • What the orbit of the Space Station looks like and where it is right now - at a glance you can see the ISS image on the world map. As the ISS always travels from West to East, you'll be able to see when it is in darkness, when in daylight and what part of the Earth it's over right now
  • Lots of stats and data about the Space Station
  • What the astronauts see when they look out of the cupola - the ISS-ABOVE streams live video from the external cameras on the Space Station whenever the ISS is in sunlight. That's 46 minutes out of every 92.

 

Success of Program (10 points)

The success of this grant will be measured by an increase in student engagement, knowledge, and participation in dicussions surrounding space. This will bring space interaction to life for the students in a way they have never seen before. 

Implementation (10 points)

 This device will be plugged into a TV mounted on the wall for all students to observed as they walk in the main hallway of Donner Trail Elementary as opposed to one classroom. This will contribute to a constant interaction with Earth and Space science. 

Sustainability
This is a one time purchase for the TV, mounting bracket, and IIS-Above device.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

This grant will be shared with the entire Donner Trail Elementary students and families that walk the halls and be used to support classrom instruction.

Taxes
$13.28
Shipping
$0.00

Digital Cameras in the Classroom

Grant Applicant
Valarie Anagnos
Grant Date
2018
Grant Category
School Site
Amount Funded
$730.00
Description (10 points)

I would like to purchase digital cameras to be used by my third grade students.  Digital cameras would be used to document our learning throughout the year as well as communicate with parents and others about what is happening in our classroom through the eyes of the students.  In third grade we go on many field trips throughout the year and having digital cameras in the hands of the students would allow us to see things from their perspective.  They would help my students learn new digital skills as well and allow us to experiment and try new emerging technologies in education.  

Benefits of Program (10 points)

The students in my third grade classroom in particular would greatly benefit from this program.  They would learn new tech skills such as how to edit and add images to their work.  They would also learn digital citizenship skills and how to share and communicate responsibly on the internet.  They would be able to become more self directed learners and take charge of their learning more.  Each year I have between 20 and 25 students in my classroom.  Over time the number of students that would benefit would only increase.  The students in the classrooms of my colleagues would also benefit.  Once the other teachers were able to see how to successfully implement the use of digital cameras in the classroom my students and I could help them learn to implement digital cameras with their students as well.   

Success of Program (10 points)

Digital cameras would enhance our classroom and help create a more student centered classroom.  They would place more power in the hands of my students.  They would have the power to create, explore, share, and communicate with others.  The success of this program would be easily visible through their work.  It would be viewable through our classroom website, digital student portfolios, as well as the digital projects I hope to use them with.  

Implementation (10 points)

I plan to use the digital cameras for a variety of projects in my classroom.  Having digital cameras for student use would allow me to continue to create a more student centered classroom.  My students would be able to use them to document our many field trips and events throughout the year.  We would be able to view our many adventures through their eyes.  They could become the photographers and be more in control of what is documented and shared with others.  Their photos could be used to showcase our year on the 3rd grade yearbook page as well as our photo gallery on our classroom website.  They could also use the cameras to post pictures to their digital portfolios that are shared with parents.  In addition digital cameras would allow us the opportunity to try new and upcoming technologies.  As our school LITE (leader integrating technology in education) I work the district technology team to discover and share new trends in educational technology.  Some of these new technologies such as Augmented Reality require digital cameras in order to be implemented.   

Sustainability
The digital cameras I would order are shockproof as well as waterproof. They would be able to withstand the wear and tear that may occur from student use as they are specifically designed for kids. This will allow them to be used for many years to come. After purchasing the digital cameras and micro SD cards there would be no additional cost.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

If I were able to purchase these digital cameras they would not only be useful to my students but could be shared amongst my grade level team for use with their students as well.  We could take turns using them on different days or distribute them between our four third grade classes to allow for each class to use 3 at the same time.

Notes

Thank you for your consideration.

Taxes
$12.00
Shipping
$14.00
Budget Notes

The total amount requested is for 10 digital cameras.  The prices listed above are the price per camera and micro SD card.  The listed price for each camera is $56.00 x 10= $560.  The listed price for the micro SD cards is $14 x 10=$140.00.  The shipping and tax were calculated by Amazon and were approximately $30.

Other funding sources

After discussing this proposal with my principal I was told that Measure A funds would be able to partially fund this project.  My principal will use some of our Measure A funds to purchase 2 digital cameras.  Together that would total 12 digital cameras for student use which be approximately 1 camera for every 2 students.  

Newsela PRO for 3rd and 4th grades

Grant Applicant
Abby Osborn
Grant Date
2018
Grant Category
School Site
Amount Funded
$750.00
Description (10 points)

Newsela is a free online news site and app that provides students with high interest, differentiated, leveled versions of actual news articles and follow-up questions in a quiz form. Newsela PRO allows teachers to track individual student progress, as well as additional support in the form of annotations and written assignments. Newsela PRO will allow me, our tech teacher, and the third and fourth grade teachers to track our students' individual progress and hold them more accountable for the information they read.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

I have been using Newsela in my ELD classroom for the last two years and have found it to be a priceless resource for high interest reading material. I have found it to be particularly effective with my English Learner students because it provides all students with access to the same content, but tailored to their individual reading levels. We are able to discuss current events with high rigor and expectations. This benefit also extends to our other below grade level readers. The articles can be used as supporting evidence in academic discourse and debates. The quizzes can be valuable formative assessments before revisiting articles for close reading. Students are also able to choose articles based on their own interests.  The PRO version allows teachers to hone in on individual students’ needs and see each article a student has chosen to read, the amount of time they took to read it, and how they did on specific quiz questions. These features are not included in the free version. Additionally, I have found Newsela to be a more effective reading tool for our older students as they begin to transition out of our other reading program, Reading A to Z.

Success of Program (10 points)

Success of the program would be teachers using Newsela PRO to inform their teaching by reviewing individual students’ scores and reading choices. Teachers would also use the PRO format to customize their assignments and focus on particular strategies or ideas while students read the articles at their own reading level. Students would be engaged and excited to read current events and “real” articles while building confidence to participate in academic discourse.

Implementation (10 points)

The program would be implemented for the 2018-2019 school year for all 3rd and 4th grade students. Although all 3rd and 4th grade teachers have used Newsela at some point, I would be happy to conduct an orientation for the PRO version to help teachers set up their classes. The site also provides several webinars.

Sustainability
The grant is for one year-long subscription.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Yes! It will be available to all 3rd and 4th grade teachers as well as our tech teacher and ELD coordinator.

Taxes
$0.00
Shipping
$0.00
Other funding sources

No other funding sources are available at this time. 

Virtual Reality Expansion

Grant Applicant
Ed Hilton
Grant Date
2018
Grant Category
School Site
Amount Funded
$22000.00
Description (10 points)

TTUSD would like to propose purchasing four kits, two 30-unit class sets, and two 10-unit center kits to expand our Virtual Reality offerings at the school sites. Currently, the kit is at 100% usage and has been successful at all three grade spans. We have been working with teachers directly on curriculum extension and how using VR is able to fit seamlessly into the curriculum without becoming a “novelty.”

Adding two classroom kits will allow additional opportunities for integration at all grade spans, and two smaller center-kits could be used for smaller groups, center-based instruction, college and career exploration, and teacher training.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

The Google Expeditions platform also allows teachers to create VR content for their own lessons. Using VR, teachers are able to create experiences that move beyond the textbook and traditional learning modalities. Using VR, students will be able to experience lessons come to life through immersive video, audio, and movement through space. The Google Expeditions platform provides seamless access to places students may  never see.  By using VR, students are able to fully experience the location in three dimensions, including video and sound.  For example, a classroom studying Paris would be able to take a virtual tour of the Louvre Museum. The tour includes video, audio, high resolution photos of each artifact, and as students wear the Expeditions Headset, they actually feel as though they are walking through the museum - able to look closely at any artifact they are interested in.

Success of Program (10 points)

The success of VR in the Classroom is assessed through the checkout and feedback protocol listed in “implementation” below. In addition, we will collect student feedback after using the Google Expeditions Kit regarding their experience of using VR for learning. Teachers will be able to report whether the VR in the Classroom program enabled them to meet and/or exceed lesson objectives and provided the deep learning experiences anticipated by the program objective. The initial roll out of VR has been very popular. Expanding the program will allow teachers to tie the use to their lesson planning.

Implementation (10 points)

The Google Expeditions Classroom Kits are available for reservation and checkout from the Technology & Information Services department. Once a teacher reserves the kit, they will schedule time to meet with a member of the TIS team to be aware of the best practices regarding using the kit in their classroom and plan the lesson for which the kit will be used. After students complete the lesson, the teacher and the students will complete an online feedback form to respond to this modality of learning. The TIS department will work with teachers to understand the extent to which the program met learning and district objectives. As more teachers use the VR kits they make notes on how they tied the use to curriculum and their lesson. These are then shared throughout the district.

 

Sustainability
The kits should last for a long period of time. Adding more kits to the district's fleet of VR will allow more students to use the tool. There may potentially be a request for more kits later in time if the additional kits don't meet demand.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

While I do not work with a specific grade level or subject area team, the nature of this grant allows it to be shared with any grade level or subject area team. They will be used district wide.

Budget Notes

80 iPod Touches - $18000

80 HOMiDO expedition goggles (iPod touches go inside these) - $2000

4 Cases (two large and two small) - $1000

Misc Cables and Chargers - $250

 

For a 30 unit kit: $7968.75

For a 10 unit kit: $2656.25

 

About $266 per unit

Lexia Core 5 Individualized Reading Support

Grant Applicant
Jamie Maitia
Grant Date
2018
Grant Category
School Site
Amount Funded
$6800.00
Description (10 points)

Truckee Elementary's students have been ulilizing Lexia Core 5 Reading across grade levlels with motivation and success.  Reductions and shifts in funding since we purchased the multi-year site-wide license last year are causing us to apply for this grant in order to keep this resource benefitting our students. We are asking for Excellence in Education to approve a grant that will allow for a one-year unlimited use of this standard-based, district and state curriculum-aligned software program. Our 515 K-5 students will receive engaging, interactive, research-based reading instruction. Automated student management tools (assessment, evaluation, report generation) will  provide staff with immediate feedback to students and staff on the progress in the reading curriculum. 

The software individualizes and supports reading comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and phonological awareness.

Grade(s): K-5

Taxes

$532.50

Shipping

$0.00

Amount Requested

$7882.50

Other funding sources

Yes

Comments

We will use site funds to cover the hosting and support fees after the first 3 years. Special Education has already funded 10 licenses. If we are unsuccessful if obtaining funding for the remaining 10 licenses we will run the program with only 20 licenses.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

Lexia benefits all students K-5.  Through its inherint differentiation to students' levels, Lexia helps the teacher to facilitate instructional level of learning and practice to augment the explicit direct instruction of 1:1 and small groups. As such, the spectrum of students from struggling to accelerated access Lexia for individualized learning and practice. The specific explicit practice is extremely valuable for our English Learners in particular.

"Lexia has Research-Proven Results for English Language Learners
Lexia Reading Core5 has been recognized by WIDA as satisfying all criteria under the WIDA Prime V2 Correlation
for English Language Development Standards! In addition, Lexia now provides support to EL students by offering
student directions in Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Portuguese and Haitian-Creole!"

 

Success of Program (10 points)

Lexia's "Assessment without Testing" real-time diagnostic capability also generates the optimal instructional path for each student.  The management system collects all students' records, analyzes the rates of progress of each student an reports their progress against a national sample. The program is state-adopted for English Language Arts and English Language Development. Teachers will use the date to inform classroom instruction.

 

Lexia is an important element of the Word Work and Read to Self activities of Core 5.

 

Lexia/ Core 5 is a marker of success in terms of skills as well as motivation.  We will see students advancing in levels and receiving certificates as well as public acknowledgement for such effort and perserverance.

Implementation (10 points)

Thanks to Measure A we now have a computer lab and tech devices in every classroom. This web-based program can be acessed at school and at home for 30 students at a time. Grades 3-5 are 1:1 with Chromebooks, so students can access Lexia as a valuable tool as part of the Daily 5 language arts structure.  Our K-2 classrooms currently have iPads upon which Lexia is accessed as part of the Daily 5 structure as well.  

Sustainability
At this time, Truckee Elementary is asking Excellence in Education to fund a two-year unlimited site license (or fund for a one-year unlimited site license). Previously, we purchased a three-year unlimited site license with site funds because it was the most cost-effective. However, recent changes in our intervention funds as well shifts in needs for Measure A technology funds has put us in a position to need support. As we look to have reallocate our Measure A funds and anticipate an increase in intervention funds for next year, we can then "take on" the Lexia license once again moving forward, which would reinvigorate the site-level sustainability of this resource.




Site license options with Less Onetime 30% Loyalty Discount
One-year unlimited Site license $9,900 less $2,970 $6,930
Two-year unlimited Site license $17,300 less $5,190 $12,110
Three-year unlimited Site license $24,500 less $7,350 $17,150
Five-year unlimited Site license $34,000 less $10,200 $23,800



Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Yes!  This grant would benefit all teachers and students K-5.

Data drives our PLC decisions. Lexia will provide this data instantly in very easy to understand and use format. Each time a student enters the program they will progress at their level.  This is one more data piece for our PLCs to use in order to facilitate evidence based responsive planning and instruction.

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