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1.   My grant required writing an essay on how technology is implemented in my school to improve student achievement. I interviewed and emailed staff members to determine the technology they used, why they used it and how it impacted or improved student achievement. I also contacted the Principal about the impact of technology on NJ ASK scores.

2.   The name of the program is IDEAS (Implementing Digital Environments for Advancing Schools)/ Educational Resources Giving Back.

3.   The underwriter is Educational Resources, an online website that provides software, hardware, and supplemental learning materials. Address of company is 1550 Executive Drive, Elgin, IL 60121.

4.   The URL for the application is

5.   Rules and regulations are:

        Only one person, over the age of 18, per school may apply

        An essay of less than 1000 words must be submitted on how technology is implemented at the school to improve student achievement.

        Legal resident of USA

        Entry form with online must be submitted online and is available at

        Deadline April 1, 2009

        All participants agree to receive solicitations from Educational Resources

        No purchase or payment necessary

        A voucher of $2500 is awarded for purchase of products from the Educational Resources Catalog

6.   The Curricular Areas and grade levels this program fits into is grades 6-8 and is across all content areas. The materials that would be purchased from Educational Resources could span from Math to Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. If I am awarded this grant I will purchase software materials like simulations that will build students critical thinking and problem solving skills. The NJCCCS that this fits into are NJCCS 8.1.8 A, 8.1.8 B and Technology 8.2.8 A.

7.   The application was easy to fill out and complete. You needed to fill out information on line and than cut and paste the essay. There were only five basic questions and then the submission of the essay.

8.   I interviewed teachers and emailed teachers. Some teachers were very forthcoming, others never got back to me. But I already knew a lot of information from analyzing the technology plan and listening to teachers speak during our team meetings. As far as writing the essay, I found it difficult to sum up what a school does for technology in only 1000 words. It didn’t actually come out and say, “The essay must be fewer than 1000 words”. However, it did say “to try and limit to less than 1000 words,” which means it is best to keep it under 1000 words.

9.   The award will be $2500 in technology supplies from the Educational Resources Catalog.

10.       The two winners will be announced during the 2009 NECC Convention in Washington DC from June 28-July 1, 2009.

11.       I would like to look for other grant opportunities that fit into what I already wrote about implementing technology in my school.

12.       The TF standards I am meeting are:

TF-I. Technology Operations and Concepts   Educational technology facilitators demonstrate an in-depth understanding of technology operations and concepts. Educational technology facilitators:


Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and understanding of concepts related to technology (as described in the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers). Candidates:

Assist teachers in the ongoing development of knowledge, skills, and understanding of technology systems, resources, and services that are aligned with district and state technology plans.

TF-II. Planning and Designing Learning Environments and Experiences

Educational technology facilitators plan, design, and model effective learning environments and multiple experiences supported by technology. Educational technology facilitators:

A 3- Assist teachers as they use technology resources and strategies to support the diverse needs of learners including adaptive and assistive technologies.

Identify and locate technology resources and evaluate them for accuracy and suitability.

TF-III. Teaching, Learning, and the Curriculum  

Educational technology facilitators apply and implement curriculum plans that include methods and strategies for utilizing technology to maximize student learning. Educational technology facilitators:

A7. Use methods for teaching concepts and skills that support use of Web-based and non Web-based authoring tools in a school environment.

TF-IV. Assessment and Evaluation  

Educational technology facilitators apply technology to facilitate a variety of effective assessment and evaluation strategies. Educational technology facilitators:

B. Use technology resources to collect and analyze data, interpret results, and communicate findings to improve instructional practice and maximize student learning.

Candidates: 1. guide teachers as they use technology resources to collect and analyze data, interpret results, and communicate findings to improve instructional practice and maximize student learning.



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