MediaOne COOL grants
Broadband services company MediaOne has announced the COOL (Community Outreach and Online Learning) Award for Educators. The program is designed to encourage educators to work as a team to develop innovative applications for video and internet technologies. K-12 teachers and administrators are invited to apply for the grants, and fourteen winning teams will be awarded $10,000 in cash, an IBM-compatible desktop computer, a printer, a document scanner, and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. MediaOne will form a review committee composed of educators, business leaders, and community representatives to evaluate applicants based on four categories: creativity, leadership, participation, and outcomes. Those applying for grants should strive for innovation, easily adopted programming, superintendent support, ease of replication, and a diverse work team, and indicate what effects the project will have on the school or district and how many people will partake in the project. Winners will be notified Feb. 1, 2000.
Deadline: Jan. 7
Growth Initiatives for Teachers (GIFT)
This year, another 140 public and private school math and science teachers, grades 7 to 12, in 40 eligible states and the District of Columbia will receive grants through this program from the GTE Foundation. GIFT was established to promote the integration of math and science in the classroom, encourage innovative uses of technology in education, and provide recognition and new opportunities for outstanding teachers. GIFT grants will be awarded to 70 teams consisting of one math and one science teacher from the same secondary school who have developed school enrichment projects that integrate math and science and use technology in a creative way. Each winning team will share a $15,000 grant$8,000 to implement the project and $7,000 ($3,500 each) for the participating teachers to pursue professional development activities.
Deadline: Jan. 14
Interactive Education Initiative (IEI) Grants
The IEI grant program, sponsored by the AOL Foundation, provides teams of educators with seed money to develop and implement unique, hands-on projects that help kids learn through integrating technology into their learning environment. The AOL Foundation formed the IEI grants to maximize the benefits of technology in the K-12 learning environment, identify best practices for using technology in schools, and create a network of educators and others dedicated to the use of computer technology in the classroom. Project teams can apply for grants of up to $7,500 to support creative ideas for integrating the internet into classrooms. Special attention will be given to proposals that have the potential to positively impact student learning, reach underserved student populations, or integrate highly innovative resources using the online medium. Grant recipients will be eligible for online support and in-kind assistance, as well as cash grants. Applications are available by calling the number below or can be downloaded and submitted via the web by visiting the AOL Foundation’s web site.
Deadline: Jan. 17
Toyota TAPESTRY Grants
Fifty of the nation’s best and brightest K-12 teachers will be awarded up to $10,000 each to implement innovative science projects through this program sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales and administered by the National Science Teachers Association. Successful grant-winning projects, such as a mobile observatory to study light pollution and an interactive paleontology laboratory, often include the use of technology. Individual science teachers or a team of up to five teachers can submit proposals in two categories: environmental education and physical science applications (applied physics, chemistry, and technology). A judging panel of distinguished science educators will evaluate and select the award-winning projects based on their innovative approach in teaching science, ability to create a stimulating and hands-on learning environment, interdisciplinary approach, and ability to increase student participation and interest in science. To obtain Toyota TAPESTRY guidelines and entry forms, write to Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Teachers, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000, call the number listed below, or eMail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: Jan. 20
Connections to the Internet
This National Science Foundation (NSF) program helps fund internet connections at K-12 schools, public libraries, and museums. This is a highly competitive, cost-sharing grant that will reward “only highly innovative approaches,” such as microwave or wireless laser technologies. Project costs may include the acquisition and maintenance of hardware and software to establish institutional access to the internet, as well as the installation and recurring charges for a communication channel. Conversely, funds may also be used to acquire internet connections and services from an external service provider. NSF typically awards $15,000 over a two-year period to successful applicants. Consortia may apply for larger awards.
Deadline: Jan. 31 (for preliminary applications)
Inspired Teacher Scholarships for Visual Learning
This two-year-old program, sponsored by Inspiration Software Inc., offers scholarships to educators who champion visual learning and the meaningful use of technology in the classroom. Ten awards in the amount of $500 each will be awarded to K-12 teachers in support of ongoing professional development in educational technology. The program hopes to give teachers the money they need to receive higher-level technology training to bring back to their classrooms from workshops, conferences, or technology institutes. All award recipients will be notified by March 31, 2000.
Deadline: Feb. 15
Excellence in Teaching Cabinet Awards
Sponsored by Curriculum Associates, the Excellence in Teaching Cabinet Award is in its third year and currently is seeking proposals that demonstrate a desire to make classrooms better learning environments through the use of innovative tools, including technology. Projects should last from three months to one year. The three K-8 teachers who win this award will receive cash grants of $1,000, plus $500 in materials from Curriculum Associates. Winning teachers will also serve on the Excellence in Teaching Cabinet. Winners will be notified by May 31, 2000 and projects must be implemented in the 2000-2001 school year.
Deadline: March 15
Building Effective Roadmaps for the Information Superhighway
To promote effective internet research skills and media literacy in K-12 education, N2H2 Inc. has introduced two contests in conjunction with the nonprofit Computer Learning Foundation. The Curriculum Contest (deadline April 1) requires entrants to submit an original curriculum for teaching students internet research skills, which should include lesson plans, handouts for students, worksheets, and other information that would enable teachers to implement the curriculum in their classrooms. Entries will be judged on originality, quality of the pedagogy and written communication, and potential effectiveness. N2H2 hopes to encourage educators to teach important internet research and literacy skills such as how to organize a search for information, how to use internet search tools, how to narrow a search, and how to assess the quality of the information found. N2H2 will award 12 grand prizes of Windows-compatible computers, 12 second prizes of CD-ROM recorders, and 12 third prizes of $100 software gift certificates to winners.
Deadline: April 1
Microsoft Curriculum Grant Program
Microsoft Corp. sponsors the Curriculum Grant Program for middle schools, high schools, and secondary level vocational and technical schools to encourage the development of computer science, programming, web development, and information systems curricula. Schools can receive free software licenses for Microsoft Visual Development Tools and operating systemssuch as Visual Basic, Visual C++, Office 2000 Developer Edition, Windows 98 and NT Workstationin exchange for posting and sharing current curricula on Microsoft’s Academic Cooperative web site. Each department within a school is eligible to apply for a grant. Applications will be accepted online only.
Deadline: Dec. 30
Teaching with Technology Grants
Compaq’s Teaching with Technology program provides educators with national recognition for their work, the opportunity to share best practices with other teachers, and a chance to win Compaq products for their schools. The grant program is open to all K-12 educators, and 52 winnersone from each state as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Defense Department schoolswill be selected based on their innovative, effective, and replicable use of technology in the classroom. Winners receive a Compaq desktop PC for their school and get to vie for nine Best of Region spots and three National Model spots. Regional winners receive a Compaq server for their school as well as the desktop PC, and national winners receive both a server and PC, as well as an all-expense paid trip to the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), to be held in Atlanta, Ga., June 26-28. Applications, as well as rules and regulations, can be downloaded off the web site.
Deadline: March 15 (for nominations)