NCLB Title II-D Grants for Phase II: Classroom Technology Mini-Grants
The Enhancing Education through Technology grants to districts (commonly known as No Child Left Behind, Title II-D Grants) will be issued in four phases during 2007-08. Each phase has a separate application process and separate due date. For more information on all four phases, visit www.nheon.org/oet/nclb. The Local Educational Support Center Network (LESCN) will be involved in varying degrees in all four phases.
document contains instructions on how to apply for Phase II participation. Applications for Phase II: Classroom Technology Mini-Grants must be submitted online
through the application link available at www.nheon.org/oet/nclb/PhaseII
by no later than
Questions? Contact the Office of Educational Technology:
Cathy Higgins, Title II-D Program Coordinator
Office of Educational Technology, Division of Instruction
101 Pleasant St, Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-2453 ** Email: email@example.com
This document is available for download at www.nheon.org/oet/nclb.
The online application will open on October 1st and close on November 2nd.
Federal law requires districts to have an approved Technology Plan on file to receive a Title II-D grant. Visit www.nheon.org/oet/erate/TPStatus.htm for status of plans. In addition, the NHDOE conducts an annual survey as part of its obligation to monitor and collect data about the impact of the Title IID program. Districts that received grants last year were required to submit an Annual District Technology Survey, as well as School Technology Surveys for each school in the district. If your school did not complete a School Technology Survey in 2006-07, you are ineligible to apply for this grant.
According to NCLB Title IID federal program guidelines dated
Phase II: Classroom Technology Mini-Grants
The purpose of this competitive mini-grant program is to promote technology integration for improved student learning. In accordance with federal guidelines, high need school district teams (see appendix for list of high need districts) may apply for $5,000 mini-grants to improve the level of technology integration within classrooms in core content areas through specific project-based learning units. School teams from all levels (elementary, middle, and high school) are encouraged to submit applications for $5,000 mini-grants for the 2007-08 year.
Additional professional development will be provided through Local Educational Support Center Network (LESCN) sites to support specific team needs. Each grant must identify a primary and secondary content area of focus.
Informational Meeting: In order to help teams prepare a
strong proposal, informational meetings about the application process and
requirements will be held on
Number of Awards: The NHDOE anticipates awarding up to 30
mini-grants, with approximately 4-6 grants awarded for each content area focus
(Language Arts, Math, Science, Social
Studies/World Languages, and The Arts). Grant funds may be used to pay for
technology (hardware or software), materials related to the project, and
professional development. Grants shall be awarded in response to projects that
can be completed and evaluated by
The NHDOE encourages mini-grant proposals that also have the potential to further the Follow The Child Initiative. This initiative was designed to help schools and teachers foster student aspirations to promote student achievement through an emphasis on personalized learning and assessment. Expanding upon the spirit of No Child Left Behind, Follow The Child focuses on measuring growth in the personal, social, physical, and academic facets of each student’s life and defining the necessary support systems needed for each child’s success.
Multiple studies indicate that the technology gap between student and teacher perceptions of technology use in classrooms is widening, leading to predictions that students’ engagement in their own learning may decrease as the gap widens. The following two studies are indicative of the digital gap:
(2003). The growing technology gap between schools and students. BellSouth
Corporation, BellSouth Foundation. Retrieved
D. & Arafeh, S. (2002). The digital disconnect: The widening gap between
Internet-savvy students and their schools.
to the 2006-07 New Hampshire School Technology Survey, significant numbers of
Anecdotal evidence indicates there is still only modest use of digital tools occurring in classrooms on a daily basis in various content areas. This observation is supported by data such as that collected from the 2005 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) which suggests “that classroom use of technology in mathematics classes remains modest.” Possible explanations for this include limited access to hardware and support, limited time for technology-related professional development and accompanying follow-up.
How to Apply
1. Register to attend one of the two scheduled
half-day Pre-Application Information Meetings to be held on
2. Form a team of 2 to 4 members from within one or multiple schools in NH.
3. Choose a primary content area of focus (with additional focus areas if appropriate). Teams are strongly encouraged to consider the content guidance included in the “developing a project” section of this RFP.
4. Respond to all the Required Elements
by submitting your proposal online (go to www.nheon.org/oet/nclb/PhaseII)
due date of
5. Check the website for awards announcements. We
anticipate announcing awardees on or about
Participation Requirements of Awardees
Teams awarded funding are required to meet all of the participation requirements listed below. Failure to meet these requirements will require the return of funds and/or equipment to the NHDOE.
implementing your project in a classroom on or about
2. Participate in the mini-grant online discussion board. Participation means posting and replying asynchronously, not a live chat.
3. Prepare a team
presentation of your project at the Ed Tech Celebration Day, scheduled for Thursday,
· Submit their project materials (lesson plans, assessment rubrics, project resources) in MS-Word or other compatible format for posting to the web.
· Submit a documentary video about minutes in length (Moviemaker or iMovie format) that provides an overview of their project activities. Appropriate release forms must accompany the video. If SAU or district policy does not permit students to be included in a video, the mini-grant team is permitted to use only adults.
Register your team members by
· Attend and present your project at the Celebration Day.
4. Teams must do a project presentation to faculty within their own district.
5. Teams must ensure that at least one presentation of the project is also made (by at least one team member) at an annual state conference such as:
· NH Teachers of Mathematics Conference (www.nhtm.org)
· NH Council of Teachers of English (www.nhcte.org)
· NH Council for Social Studies (www.nhcss.org)
· NH Science Teachers Association (www.nhsta.net)
· NH Music Educators Association (www.nhmea.org)
· NH Art Educators Association (www.nhaea.org)
· Other conferences as appropriate to content
6. Participate in post-project evaluations during June 2008 and December 2008 (online surveys and phone interviews) to help with future program improvement.
Proposal Required Elements
Proposals must be aligned to the NH State Frameworks and recognized national standards. At least 80% of your team members must be employed as teachers in the New Hampshire PreK–12 education system.
table below describes the required elements for submission. These must be
submitted electronically by on
Awards to districts can be used to purchase hardware, software, project materials, and technology-supported professional development. Budgeting for substitutes is not encouraged but is allowable with sufficient justification. A budget detailing all proposed expenditures must be accompanied by a narrative explaining why each budgeted item is necessary and supports the goals of the grant. Narrative should indicate that the budget reflects an effort to maximize the purchasing potential of the grant.
After notification of grant award, successful teams must submit the federal OBM Form 1 along with a grant assurances cover page (hard copy of each with superintendent signature). Both forms will be available for download from www.nheon.org/oet/nclb/phaseII and must be submitted within 2 weeks of notification of awards.
Developing a Project with a Primary Content Area Focus
As you develop your project proposal, the following guidance and resources should be considered regarding the primary content area on which you have chosen to focus.
NHDOE Language Arts Consultant, Linda Stimson, firstname.lastname@example.org
No specific focus is placed on proposals for language arts projects, however all proposals will be reviewed with an eye toward funding high quality project-based learning with strong technology integration. Teams are encouraged to review the proposal guidelines numerous times to ensure that the criteria are addressed. Also, please consult the assessment targets in the NH English Language Arts Framework for appropriate project themes.
NHDOE Mathematics Consultant, Rich Andrusiak, email@example.com
No specific focus is placed on proposals for math projects, however all proposals will be reviewed with an eye toward funding high quality project-based learning with strong technology integration. Please consult the assessment targets in the NH Mathematics Frameworks for appropriate project themes. Teams are strongly encouraged to purchase a copy of the following resource from NCTM, which could be then added to the mathematics library available to all teachers in a school:
Technology-Supported Mathematics Learning Environments (Sixty-Seventh Yearbook), 2005, Edited by William J. Masalski (ISBN #0-87353-569-3) available at:
Social Studies & World Languages
NHDOE Social Studies Consultant, Ken Relihan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Studies: Proposals must cite a specific expectation(s), standard(s), or theme(s) within the NH Social Studies Framework to be supported. Proposals that implement GPS or GIS, or other digital handheld technology in instructional settings, are strongly encouraged. Proposals should emphasize technology that is uniquely adapted to teaching Social Studies rather than simply general classroom support.
World Languages: Since
NHDOE Arts Consultant, Marcia McCaffrey, email@example.com
Please consult the the NH Framework for The Arts for appropriate project themes. Proposals that incorporate one or more of the following are strongly encouraged:
1. Utilize digital video and still cameras to capture student work for student portfolios or assessment purposes.
2. Utilize SmartMusic (www.smartmusic.com) as an assessment tool to improve student achievement in music.
3. Use digital audio recording devices to capture student work in music and/or theatre for portfolio or assessment purposes. (There are very cool, very small digital recording devices that create files you can download).
5. Use digital devices in visual arts to meet student standards.
NHDOE Science Consultant, Jan McLaughlin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Several ideas for science projects are included below. Please note that while specific digital tools are suggested as possibilities, it is always important to let the purpose and essential question for the project indicate what type of equipment is necessary to purchase, rather than simply trying to craft a project because something just seems like a cool thing to have. All science projects should have a clear inquiry-based approach using real data. Please consult the assessment targets in the NH Science Frameworks for appropriate project themes.
Examples of digital tools for Classrooms K-4 Projects
Tools for measurement and collection of Weather data:
· Weather stations outside your school
· Software for sharing data on the web
· Hand held devices such as anemometers; wind meters; digital thermometers; rain gauges
Tools for observing Plants and Animal Habitats in your community:
· Binoculars for student use
· Digital cameras for student use collecting pictures of local plants and animals and their habitats
· Light sources and stands for plant experiments
Examples of digital tools for Classrooms 5-12 Projects
Tools for Mapping the Community:
· GPS Units for student use with mapping projects
· School license of mapping software
· Tool and accompanying training for teachers in using GPS and mapping software
· Printer and supplies for producing maps for community project
Tools for putting the ZIP in Physical Science Projects:
· Sets of probes to monitor speed, force, temperature, light intensity, etc.
· Probes, software for probes, and curriculum redesign to focus on using them
Other Great Examples of Science Equipment that could be part of your project:
· Electronic “Facts on File” about various up-to-date topics;
· Hand Held Computers for fieldwork notes
· Laser pointers for student use during presentations
· Portable scanners for student use in researching community documents (just scan and go)
· Robotics equipment for classroom use as part of competitions (US FIRST or others)
· Software (enough for student use): presentation; scientific simulation; data analysis (including Inspire Data); Night Sky software – to predict and analyze star movement;
· Video Microscope
Resources for All Content Areas
www.nheon.org – The NH educators online website contains a searchable database of the NH curriculum frameworks and information on a variety of NH projects and professional development initiatives.
www.thinkfinity.org – This used to be the “MarcoPolo” website, now renamed/rebranded and sponsored by the Verizon Foundation. Thinkfinity contains all of the MarcoPolo resources and more. Content partners are still adding more lesson plans and other online resources. This is still a totally free website chock full of resources.
www.think.com - Think.com is a free resource sponsored by the Oracle Education Foundation that connects schools, teachers, and students from around the world to collaborate on projects, share experiences, and build knowledge together. Teachers can easily integrate project learning into their curriculum, enabling students to develop critical skills for life and work in the 21st century.
www.thinkquest.org – The ThinkQuest Library is another free resource sponsored by the Oracle Education Foundation that provides innovative learning resources for students of all ages on a wide range of educational topics. Featuring over 6,500 websites, the library is created by students from around the world as part of the ThinkQuest competition. The ThinkQuest competition inspires students to think, connect, create, and share. Students work in teams to build innovative and educational websites to share with the world. Along the way, they learn research, writing, teamwork, and technology skills.
www.iste.org – The International Society for Technology in Education website contains information about national standards (look for NETS-Refresh), several content specific publications to help integrate technology, plus many more resources.
caret.iste.org – The Center for Applied Research in Educational Technology (CARET) website bridges education technology research to practice by offering research-based answers to critical questions.
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Last updated: December 15, 2008