• Georgia Educational Technology Consortium


    2018 INNOVATION GRANTS Awarded


    Recipient 1: Hannah Odom

    Grant Title: “Body Systems Models”


    The purpose of this problem based learning experience will be for students to understand the importance of each body system individually and as a whole towards the maintenance of homeostasis within the human body. We will first begin this learning experience by placing students in the role of a Center for Disease Control employee. The students will then be given a task card with disease symptoms and asked to research and discover what disease the symptoms are coming from and specifically what main body system(s) it usually attacks. We will also be taking an extended learning opportunity to the Center for Disease Control museum and the Bodies Exhibit in Atlanta, Georgia to meet with scientists and other employees whose job is to track diseases in order to prevent them and promote health overall. 


    Recipient 2: Beth M Haynes

    Grant Title: “A View from the Future”


    Louisville Middle School would like to include a Drone Curriculum as part of an elective class (Audio Visual and Outdoor Classroom). This curriculum would entail a number of projects ranging from filming sporting events/practices, creating positive promotional videos for our school system, working with area farmers to demonstrate how drones can be used to test irrigation systems, and eventually help interested students become certified drone pilots by the time they reach 16 years of age. Students will create mini videos for the class in a controlled/guided project so that students will have the opportunity to direct and have ownership in the finished product.


    Recipient 3: Melinda Mauter

    Grant Title: “Getting STEAMy with Specdrums!”


    It’s time to get STEAMy in the Orchestra room with Specdrums!  App-connected rings that turn color into sound, Specdrums give students the opportunity to create, explore, and connect with Music on any surface available.  Inside or outside, regardless of where they tap, students can literally turn their everyday world into a musical masterpiece.  By simply placing the rings on their fingers and connecting to an app, students can assign sounds to any color of their choosing with limitless possibilities.


    Recipient 4: Ms. Erin Miley

    Grant Title: “Swivl-up to Writing Success: A Robot Camera Launch”


    This project will implement digital storytelling via Swivl robot cameras within third-grade classrooms at New Mountain Hill Elementary (NMHE) in order to increase writing achievement. Students will gain critical ELA skills to become effective writers, producers, and communicators through personal creativity, technology, and innovation.










    Application Link to Apply


    Who: The opportunity to apply for an Innovation Grant is open to all Georgia teachers, media specialists, counselors, or any combination of persons within a school setting.


    What: A maximum of $10,000 in Innovation Grants will be awarded, with each individual grant not to exceed $2,500. 


    When:  The deadline to apply for grants is September 15, 2018.  



    • Grant Recipient Announcement: October 5, 2018



    • All completed grant applications should be submitted on or before the deadline.


    • Innovation Grants will be judged and scored based on the published rubric.


    • After successful submission of the online application, the applicant will receive an electronic confirmation receipt immediately. If the applicant does not receive an electronic confirmation receipt, please email Paulina Kuforiji at pkuforiji@gaetc.org.


    • Applicants must agree to implement the approved grant and expend all awarded funds prior to January 1, 2019.


    • Grant recipients are expected to make a presentation during the 2019 Georgia Educational Technology Conference.


    Questions regarding the grant should be directed to Paulina Kuforiji at pkuforiji@gaetc.org.