Technology

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.

Taxes
$0.00
Shipping
$0.00

Noise Cancelling Headphones

Grant Applicant
Julia Worster
Grant Date
2018
Grant Category
Amount Funded
$1310.00
Description (10 points)

Students in 6th grade throughout TTUSD are all 1/1 chromebooks. Often there are assignments given in class that require students to watch videos or read and annotate articles online. Several of our online based programs enable students to utilize equal access tools such as text to speech in order to understand and annotate articles or required reading. While some students bring their own earbuds or headphones, many students would benefit from having a class set of noise cancelling headphones. Additionally, in the nature of our collaboratively engaging classrooms, noise cancelling headphones would be a valuable tool to increase student achievement. While one group may be working together, another group of students may be working independently. When this happens, students who are working independently would benefit from noise cancelling headphones so that they can stay focused on their own task. 

Benefits of Program (10 points)

The benefits this grant would provide are numerous. Our students use headphones during state testing and also throughout the school year on an almost daily basis. Also, because of the many diverse learning styles that embody a school, students who require a quiet learning environment, along with all students, will deeply benefit from this program by focusing on their tasks versus what others are doing around them.  

Success of Program (10 points)

The success of this program will be determined by the increased use of equal access tools like text to speech as well as through increased focus on tasks in the classroom when students are engaged in a variety of activities at one time. All students will have access to the headphones. The higher quality of the headphones will allow students to focus on their tasks rather than dealing with headphones that don't work well. 

Implementation (10 points)

The program's implementation will begin as soon as headphones are received. Students use headphones on weekly basis in some capacity. 

Sustainability
No additional funding will be required for the life of the headphones. This should be approximately 10 years as these headphones are higher quality. The only additional cost will be cleaning wipes needed for sanitization after use and AAA batteries for the noise cancelling technology.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Yes, if there are other teachers who are in need of headphones, I am always willing to share. 

Taxes
$94.05
Shipping
$54.24
Budget Notes

While these were found for slightly cheaper through Amazon, I could only order 3 sets of headphones at a time through them. 

Noise Cancelling Ear Muffs for Alder Creek Middle School

Grant Applicant
Joni Adomshick-Alder Creek Middle School
Grant Date
2018
Grant Category
Amount Funded
$3318.00
Description (10 points)

Research has shown that noise cancelling ear muffs improve the development of on-task focus and work production during independent work.  This is because ear muffs have several benefits.  For the wearer, they mute background noise and conversation that contribute to student distraction.  They also provide deep pressure sensory input that calms students.  In addition, they act as a self-reinforcing signal indicating that it is time for quiet seat work.  When students see others wearing the ear muffs they take it as a signal to not disturb the wearer.  Ear muffs are especially beneficial to students with learning disabilities and/or attention issues (See links below).

This grant is based on previous grants written for Glenshire Elementary School, Truckee Elementary School and Kings Beach Elementary School. Students who had access to the ear muffs and who had been having successful independent work periods, no longer have access to this support once they arrive at Alder Creek Middle School. It would be extremely valuable for increased student learning to have ear muffs available to all students once they arrive in middle school. In addition, since the middle-schooler is especially sensitive to fitting in and not being singled out, the grant is being written to provide equal access across classrooms and grade levels. This permits students to envision access to ear muffs as an established norm within the Alder Creek culture, and not as something that would establish differences in the students utilizing this support.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

Both research, and feedback from all of the elementary school sites provide extremely positive evidence for the benefits of the use of noise-cancelling headphones during individual task work. This grant would offer continued access to noise reduction support within the classroom for students throughout their middle school years.  During this important developmental phase, students will be able to identify supports that are available that can reinforce both the maximal access to learning, and independent work skills. All middle schoolers will also be able to acquire a positive association with tools that can help them maximize their individual learning work periods and styles.  Additionally, students with learning disabilities and attention deficits will have access to supports that are critical to their learning, without believing that their individual needs are significantly different than their peers.

 

Success of Program (10 points)

The fifth grade teachers at all of the elementary schools have reported huge success and increased use of the ear muffs from students within all of their classrooms.  Teachers have reported an increase in student attention to task, work production, and work completion. Teachers have also reported a decrease in student distraction levels and overall classroom noise levels. The use of earmuffs by several students at once tends to create a quieter classroom environment by bringing down the overall volume of the classroom.  This has a positive effect on all students in the classroom, not just those wearing the earmuffs.

Providing earmuffs would also address teacher concerns regarding specific students’ difficulties with attention and work production (such as those students with Attention Deficit Disorder, or others who may be easily distracted by a noisy working environment).  In addition, the use of noise cancelling headphones was so beneficial to the special education students at the elementary schools, that the use of them was written into their Individual Education Plans (IEPs) as accommodations for testing.

Several links also provide research that demonstrates increased learning by students when they use ear muffs in the classroom.  Research has also been given for the beneficial use with English Language Learners.

Implementation (10 points)

Noise cancelling ear muffs would be distributed to all classrooms (including specialty teachers, and special education teachers).  Each teacher would receive 10 sets per classroom. These would be available to each class in a place accessible to all the students in the room.  When desired, students could use the ear muffs to reduce noise and distraction and enable them to focus on quiet seat work.  If needed, the teacher could also suggest that a student trial of the ear muffs.

Multiple pairs of ear muffs in each classroom are advantageous because the original pilot study at GES revealed that when only one pair of earmuffs was available, students were hesitant to use them for fear of being singled out or appearing strange to their classmates. This would be especially true with the typical middle school student. Once classroom sets were available in the elementary school classrooms, suddenly they became a highly desired tool to use in the classroom, especially by those students who most needed them.  In many cases this happened spontaneously without teacher intervention. But even in those cases where the teacher needed to suggest that a distracted student trial the earmuffs, there was no resistance because the earmuffs were an acceptable part of the classroom culture.  In fact, the earmuffs became so coveted that teachers reported there were never enough earmuffs to go around for the students who either needed or wanted them. Students at ACMS are very familiar with the classroom access that they had when in elementary school, and have asked if the ear muffs were available at our site.

Sustainability
This grant is fully sustainable, unless there is increasing enrollment at the site. I
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

The access to use of noise cancelling headphones for students would be for the entire school population.  All classrooms, including both general and special education settings would be provided with 10 sets per classroom across all three grade levels.

Taxes
$287.87
Shipping
$0.00
Budget Notes

 

                                                                                                                                                              

 

 

Other funding sources

Classroom teachers only have a budget for general classroom supplies.

STEAM Makers Cart for TLE

Grant Applicant
Abby Osborn
Grant Date
2018
Grant Co-applicants
School Site
Amount Funded
$6508.00
Description (10 points)

As a science centered elementary school, Tahoe Lake Elementary would like to augment our science program with a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) “Makers Cart”. This movable Makers Cart will include various materials for students to engage in creative design, engineering, construction, and experimentation in the classroom and on their own. The cart will also augment the already popular STEM building supplies used by the 4th grade team to make building materials available for all grade levels.  

Benefits of Program (10 points)

This cart will benefit all students by providing opportunities to create, build, and test new ideas. The ability to design, engineer, and create aligns with the NGSS science standards across grade levels: https://teachergeek.org/NGSS%20K-12.pdf.  For English Learners, it will provide a rich environment for language development, team building, and academic discourse when discussing their designs, successes, and failures. For GATE and ALS students, the “Makers Cart”  will provide materials for students to participate in engaging, hands-on activities, that will challenge these advanced learners. It will give them the ability to design and create projects while adhering to the NGSS science standards, and then give them the opportunity to share and present them to the class.  

Success of Program (10 points)

A successful Makers Cart program would include teachers and staff checking out the cart on a regular basis to enhance their science lessons and other team building activities and challenges. As students complete their designs, they would video or present to the class. This will greatly enhance students’ critical and creative thinking while also developing their ability to fail, struggle, then eventually find solutions.

Implementation (10 points)

After a brief introduction to go over norms at a staff meeting, the cart would be available for sign ups as soon as it is assembled! Teachers are already familiar with the sign out procedure with the tech cart. Teachers can easily find projects and lesson plans aligned with the cart’s contents on https://teachergeek.com/blogs/projects.  

Sustainability
The beauty of this concept is that recycled materials can be used! If funded, our cart may need occasional additional funding for to replace broken building materials we are unable to get donated or funded from other sources. By partnering with SWEP and their Green Team, we will be able to collect additional recycled building supplies constantly!
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

This cart would be available for all grade levels on a sign up basis similar to our current method for our rolling technology cart. Engineering challenges are available for all ages and grade levels on teachergeek.com and Makerspaces.com.

Taxes
$0.00
Shipping
$8.00
Budget Notes

Taxes $0  no taxes charged by TeacherGeek.com

 

Shipping is $8.00 if ordered online, $300 if ordered by PO

 

 

If EEF is unable to fund the entire $6500, an alternative would be building our own cart based on this model: http://www.instructables.com/id/Maker-Cart/ However, this is not ideal as it would mean ordering and assembling all parts and materials from scratch including tools and could take substantially longer to implement. The beauty of the Teacher Geek cart is it is ready to go with all required materials.

Other funding sources

The McConkey Foundation is a possibility for funding if Excellence in Education is unable to fund it. 

Qball Throwable Microphones

Grant Applicant
Jamie Maitia
Grant Date
2018
Grant Category
School Site
Amount Funded
$2159.00
Description (10 points)

The Qball is a soft throwable microphone designed to be used in a classroom setting. It is shaped like a ball and is made of soft, light, and durable foam so that it can be throw from student to student. The Qball is intended to be used by students while they are sharing answers or ideas with the class. It will plug into our existing sound amplification system or it can plug right into any set of speakers. When using the Qball students are able to have their voice heard clearly and equally by everyone in the classroom. The Qball also has smart features such as muting when it is is motion and automatic standby and shut off times if it is not in use.  

Benefits of Program (10 points)

There are many benefits of using the Qball in the classroom. The Qball helps to manage classroom discussions because when someone has the Qball it is their turn to speak. It also helps to increase student engagement by making participating in discussions and sharing ideas more fun. Everyone wants the chance to catch and throw the Qball, but in order to do so they are going to have to engage and participate. The Qball makes participating more of a game, and all kids love playing games in the classroom. The Qball will help with our speaking and listening standards by making students want to speak more and express their thoughts as well as making it easier for students to listen.

Many students have soft or quiet voices and it is hard for them to be heard by other students. According to the Qball website “Studies have shown that a child's cognitive auditory processing is not fully developed until age 15.  In order to comprehend speech clearly, they need to hear at more than 2X the level of your average adult! The Qball helps ensure that everyone can be heard clearly, especially students who tend to be shy or soft spoken.” Even things like ambient noise from recess going on outside to the heater make hearing quieter students very difficult. The Qball is quick and easy to use, so it eliminates these challenges making sharing and listening accessible to all students. Since implementing the Qball in my classroom I have seen a dramatic positive impact. The Qball is easy to pass from student to student so everyone can share and be heard. The students use it for answering questions, sharing stories they have written, reading from class texts, and so much more! 

 

Success of Program (10 points)

Truckee Elementary has been using the Qball in several of our classrooms for the past few months. They have been used in the fourth grade, fifth grade, and science classrooms. The other teachers and I have noticed higher levels of student engagement and participation while using the ball. More students raise their hands and want to share their ideas when we are using the Qball. When students use the Qball to speak they are clearly heard by all others in the room. It allows the other students to easily follow along with the speaker and not be confused or lose focus because the student sharing was speaking too softly. The Qballs have proven to be a successful educational tool at our school.

Implementation (10 points)

I am writing this grant to get thirteen additional Qballs for our school. These will be used to have one Qball in each of our third, fourth, and fifth grade classrooms, as well as one Qball to be shared amongst each grade level in kindergarten through second grade. We would also have a Qball for each of our enrichment classes including science, technology, music, and P.E.

The Qball will be discussed with the students and will be shared as a tool and not a toy. We will practice with it during a few discussions at first, and then start to use it as much as possible throughout the day. The Qball is easy to set up and introduce to the students, so teachers will be able to start using them right away.

Sustainability
This grant will be sustainable. The Qball is a durable device that is meant to last for many years.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Yes, this grant will be shared with all of the teachers and students at our site. 

Taxes
$0.00
Shipping
$64.20
Budget Notes

13 Qballs ($161.10 each) - $2,094.30

Shipping - $64.20

Total - $2,158.50