CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation: Competitive Grants for Oregon and Washington Teachers. This is the site of the CenturyLink Technology Grants. OETC has been partnering to offer this opportunity since 2005 and are excited to add Washington teachers.  

This is an extention of the Qwest Edtech mini-grants of years past.

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Oregon City School District Pilots iPod touches in the Classroom

 Oregon City School District is investigating the possibility of using handheld computers as 

learning tools.  With the advent of the iPhone and iPod touch it is now possible to do much more 

with a handheld computer than ever before.  We are piloting a digital classroom with Apple 

MacBooks for 6th grade students in two of our elementary schools and we would like to use that 

model to pilot iPod touches two other elementary schools. 

The iPod touch is an excellent instructional tool for our pilot because it builds on our existing 

knowledge of using standard iPods in the classroom for literacy skills.  We have been sending 

iPod shuffles home with students for almost two years now and have seen many improvements 

in student engagement and performance.  The iPod touch can pick up where the iPod shuffle left 

off by allowing for more than just audio books.  We expect to be able to use the following in the 

classroom and at home: 

1. Video instruction (reinforcement of existing audio books by using pictures or movies and 

teacher instructions becomes a 24/7 supplement) 

2. A dictionary at every student’s fingertips 

3. Internet searching and browsing 

4. Multimedia games and skill building in multiple content areas 

5. Studying languages 

6. Reading eBooks 

The applications supporting education on iTunes are already 21 pages long and growing quickly.  

These applications are inexpensive (many are $0.99 to $2.00 each) and a single purchase can be 

used on up to five teacher computers.  This means that up to five classroom sets of iPod touches 

could run the software from a single purchase, making maintenance very affordable.  Teachers 

would try out new applications and pick the best ones, giving the teachers their own learning 

curve. 

 

 

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Three Rivers School District Technology Advisory Team

   The Three Rivers School District has constructed a diverse team of teachers from the Elementary, Middle and High School level. This team of teachers is designated the Technology Advisory Committee (TAC). The TAC has a twofold purpose:

 
1.) The TAC team will meet twice monthly in the evenings for a total of 8 hours a month. One evening is dedicated to providing professional development opportunities modeling activities tied to the Oregon Ed Tech Cadre and how those activities connect to the district’s established instructional goals. These evenings will be open to all 267 teachers in the district for professional development opportunities. The other evening is dedicated to the TAC team to do future planning regarding professional development opportunities, planning lessons that meet the district’s objectives, reviewing the implementation of the district’s technology plan, and working to develop strategies to develop themselves as resources for teachers in their local area by holding local trainings and connecting with the teachers who serve students in their local attendance area. Dates for meeting have been established for the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, and those meetings will occur from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
 
2.) Lessons taught by the TAC teachers in their own individual classrooms will be digitally recorded and available to be posted on websites, burned on DVD’s and vodcasted. These lessons will integrate Web 2.0 tools, Moodles, and other internet-based tools into everyday, regular classroom instruction, with the focus being on using the technology as a tool to engage students in their learning, reinforce conceptual understanding, and providing tools for students to communicate and collaborate their learning with others. 
 
To accomplish the above goals the grant will provide funding for purchase of necessary technology tools such as activslates, document cams, video projectors, screens and wireless microphones. In addition to the technology tools the funding will be used to attend ISTE.

 

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Thurston High School Vodcasting Project

The Thurston HS vodcast project involves the restructuring of how we teach chemistry.  Currently we lecture during class and students complete problems outside of class.  The idea behind the project is to produce lecture vodcasts that students will view outside of class time.  The in-class time that is freed up will then be utilized for problem solving where students will have access to other students and their instructor when they're not sure what to do.  IPod touch's are being purchased through grant funds for students who don't have a video capable iPod or high speed internet connection.  Our goal is to produce 30 vodcasts between two instructors, 10 each on a solo basis and 10 lectures done together.

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Clicking to Increase Student Participation

Three La Pine Schools (elementary, middle, and high) are aquiring new classroom response hardware and the providing the necessary training to a core of staff members. 

The Hardware:
The grant project provides for one classroom set of RF clickers for each school.  These are numbered in sets of 1-32, 33-64, and 65-96, so that if the need arises the three sets can be combined into one large response system.

The Training:
We have allocated a portion of the grant money and matched it from school funds to release teachers for two half-days of training.  These are spaced far enough from each other that teachers in the training group have time to share the clicker sets and use them between the initial training and the follow up. Part of the follow-up training day involves expanding the training group as the core group travels into classrooms and introduces the equipment to teacher and students and supports an in-class activity right out of the box.

 

 

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iTouch Reading Intervention

The iTouch intervention program is designed to help middle school students improve their reading comprehension by providing reading strategy instruction using an iTouch. A portable iTouch, although commonly used by middle school students for games, music and video, is a natural choice for implementation as a learning device. The current generation of the iTouch allows students to view text as well as hear the audio portion of the text. Teachers can modify the text and audio to include reading comprehension strategy instruction. 

This grant will allow a team of middle school teachers to create reading comprehension materials that students can listen to in order to learn and practice meta-cognitive strategies. Once lessons are developed, teachers will be provided with release time to choose and create specific text to support the strategies. This text, both auditory and print, will be transferred to student iPods. Students who need additional practice and instruction in these skills, will have the opportunity to access this instruction either during class time, or outside of class. The grant also provides for a set of iTouches and necessary accessories.

We're looking forward to working together to design new ways to incorporate this mobile technology with our students!

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Interactive Boards in Primary Grades

 

This grant will provide McKay Creek Elementary School with four Promethean Interactive boards and a set of Activotes. We will develop and implement this technology into the daily curriculum for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
 
Teachers will attend monthly meetings to learn and share ideas on ways to incorporate these new technologies; with a focus in the areas of math and language arts.
 
Projects we want to accomplish include students creating open ended stories that will be exchanged with other classrooms. One teacher is planning a project in which her students will start a story, send it to another class, where they would then continue the story and return it to participating classes. It is our hope to connect with students around the world through these technology tools.

 

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