• Innovation Grants Winners 2014

    The Board of Directors of the Georgia Educational Technology Consortium is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Georgia Educational Technology Consortium Innovation Grants. Each grant recipient received $2,500 to implement a program designed to improve student achievement through technology.  

    The Innovation Grants program is an annual event; check back AFTER GaETC 2014 for information about the 2015 grants! 

    Recipient: Lynn Doyle
    Grant Title: First Lego League
    Location:  Screven County Elementary School
    This program features a real-world scientific concept to be explored by our students through research, teamwork, construction and imagination! Our students will be able to: Design and build a challenge- related model using Lego components, create a Show Me poster and practice presentation skills, explore challenges facing today's scientists, discover real-world math and science, begin developing teamwork skills, choose to participate in expos and showcases, and engage in team activities guided by First Lego League Core Values. Our students are SO excited about this hands-on program that has already captured their curiosity and directed them towards discovering how science and technology impact the world around them. The students will work with Lego elements and motorized parts to build ideas and concepts and present them for review. Each year the First Lego League works with experts in the field to create a Challenge that relates to an important real world issue.

    Recipient: Chris Rogers
    Grant Title: MAKE-ing a Difference
    Location:  Gwinnett County Public Schools
    We will create a MakerSpace with materials for students to create, problem-solve, and think critically about the world. We will focus activities on our Earth Science curriculum. Our students to identify issues that impact the environment and use the space to design solutions. We will culminate with a Maker Faire in conjunction with Earth Day.

    Recipient: Lisa Byrd
    Grant Title: The “Digitize History Project”
    Location:  Hephzibah Middle School
    The “Digitize History Project” will enable Hephzibah Middle School students to use a variety of resources with Google Play Apps for Education. Students will explore and discovery history for themselves, and use digital apps to share their understanding of through central ideas, vocabulary and writing of ebooks. Additional we will use assessment apps such as Socrative to assess student’s understanding of social studies concepts. All activities and evaluation of the "Digitize History" project will be conducted during the school year.

    Recipient: Nicole Snipes
    Grant Title: Can You See The Cells?
    Location: PB Ritch Middle School
    The students will use the table top microscopes to investigate different types of cells and recreate what they are seeing as well as relate the organelles to their functions. Students will be paired up on virtual Instagram project where they will use what they see in the microscopes to create an Instagram poster for their assigned organelle.