Statement issued Tuesday:
From a review of the 135 applications we received for this grant, it is clear that Indiana schools are interested in taking bold steps to ensure that learning extends beyond classroom walls, that teachers are provided with appropriate technical support and are challenged to teach in more effective ways, that the creation and management of digital content and curricula is of strong interest and that personal mobile devices are to be the new normal in Indiana schools.
The Learning Technologies Team will be working closely with the Classroom Innovation Grant recipients to coordinate and amplify their efforts whenever possible. Part of this amplification will involve keeping information about their progress public along with the products and insights that result from this investment. We will be communicating through the Ed Tech Connect community about opportunities to learn about these initiatives as they develop. The full text of the winning applications will be posted here on April 11th, 2011. The 22 recipients and short descriptions of their projects are listed below.
- Avon Community Schools: Expansion of pilot project to introduce smart tables in second grade classrooms.
- Beech Grove City Schools: Project focus is on expanding a tested online instructional model across the high school science department where each student will have access to a computer.
- Burris Laboratory School: Project focus is on digital curriculum and integration of tablet computers in the context of training pre-service teachers.
- Center Grove Community School Corporation: Project expands on a literacy-focused pilot project involving tablet devices for targeted students (English language learners, students in special education, and kindergartners) and the creation of a database of student activities involving apps. A community-wide digital library will also be created with community partners.
- Christel House Academy: Project includes the development of a digital portfolio platform for secondary students. The e-portfolio system will equip students to personalize their own learning and then be used to support their college and university applications.
- Clark-Pleasant Community School Corporation: This project will focus on a centralized, collaborative, and consistent coordination to create 25 open digital courses.
- Danville Community School Corporation: Grant funds will be used to equip teachers to be effective in the context of a high school-wide deployment of personal tablet computers.
- East Washington School Corporation: Project will focus on piloting various models of digital curriculum across grade-levels with students accessing this curriculum using tablet computing devices.
- Evansville Vanderburgh Community Schools: Grant will focus on taking advantage of a high access computing environment by developing a team of eLearning coaches who will create an online Professional Practice Library to provide anytime anywhere professional development. The eLearning coaches will also be working closely with teacher to develop digital curriculum.
- Garrett-Keyser-Butler Community Schools: Grant will fill in gaps in Internet access for all GKB students so that personal devices can be used for learning 24/7.
- M S D Wabash County Schools: Project will provide differentiated professional development to teachers to advance digital instructional skills and create model classrooms across the corporation to create a foundation for high quality instruction as the corporation moves to access to digital devices for each student.
- Madison Consolidated Schools: Grant funds will be used to provide intensive training on developing an exportable project-based learning curriculum for secondary students and to upgrade wireless access for the campus. ¦North Adams Community Schools: Project will provide intensive professional development in Project Based Learning and implementing Digital Curriculum for 50 North Adams STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Teachers and Kindergarten-12th Grade High Ability teachers. Projects will be classroom tested in high access computing classrooms and made available across the state.
- North Daviess Community Schools: Grant to support expansion of living textbook model including staff publishing projects to a project library.
- Northeastern Wayne Schools: Grant supports differentiated professional development for faculty focused on creating digital content for use in 7-12 deployment of tablet devices.
- Peru Community Schools: Grant supports technology coaching to support instruction in high access classrooms. Efforts also include formal expansion of instruction on technology skills.
- Plymouth Community School Corporation: Grant funds to support the development of instructional podcasts that secondary students can access at home in order to focus class time on project-based learning.
- Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation: Creation of 17 digital courses for middle school students who will be accessing the course materials using mobile computing devices purchased through the grant and with local funds.
- Rochester Community School Corporation: Development of course content for primary students and integration of applications (apps) into the curriculum. Students will access the content on mobile devices from school or home. Project includes parent training and community outreach.
- Scott County School District 2: Proposed project involves multi-phase professional development including a focus on Common Core Standards supported by technology. Middle school will serve as the center of an expansion effort to bring student devices and instructional expertise to leverage this individual access for learning.
- Shelbyville Central Schools: Grant efforts revolve around professional development for using apps and augmented reality in the classroom.
- Smith-Green Community Schools: Grant project provides all students grades 5-12 with a leased tablet computing device along with digital literacy training for administrators and teachers.
Funding Source: Enhancing Education Through Technology - Federal Title II D and David C. Ford Funds
Funding Duration: June 1, 2011- September, 30, 2012
Eligibility: All publically funded schools in Indiana are eligible to apply.
Overview: The Indiana Department of Education is interested in funding bold and innovative proposals that demonstrate local commitment to creating, expanding and sustaining an ecosystem for information-age learning. This grant program offers an opportunity to improve core-subject classroom teaching and learning through the use of technology in Indiana schools. Funds awarded under this grant should support the acquisition of technology and the capacity to leverage the technology for student learning and that align with the IDOE’s strategic objectives.