BARRE >> The Vermont State Lottery and the Agency of Education have announced the third iteration of their Educate/Innovate technology grants program.
Twice a year, the program provides 20 devices, either Apple iPads or Google Chromebooks, whichever the school chooses, and a mobile cart to one K-12 school in the state. The program gives preference to schools in rural areas or with a high percentage of students eligible for free and reduced lunch. In order to apply for the award, schools must present a project or other learning opportunity that they are engaged in that uses technology as a tool.
"This grant program seeks to support schools and programs that are engaging in ways to transform education practices with tools of technology," reads the application, "Proposals should address the National Education Technology Standards for students or teachers (NETS-S, or –T) and be clearly supportive of learning that derives from those standards. Please do not list standards, only indicate ways that they might be met, using the overarching terms for each area; creativity and collaboration, etc."
The first winner, announced in April of last year, was Charleston Elementary School, in Charleston, which received 20 iPads for a project in which eighth graders worked with elders in their community to explore how communication has changed over time. The second winner, announced last October, was the Alburgh Community Education Center, of Alburgh, a K-8 public school. The center received Chromebooks to support a program which involved intermediate students tracking the migration of whooping cranes.
The application for this spring's award was released earlier this week, and the deadline for schools to apply is March 25. The winner will be announced in mid-April. The program is open to all Vermont-based K-12 public schools. However, beginning this spring, the Agency has announced that the winner will be limited to a school with over 50 percent of its student population eligible for free and reduced lunch.
"The goals of the program are twofold," said the Agency of Education in a press release, "to build public awareness on how the Lottery supports education and to aid schools by providing technology that can support student learning. The Vermont Lottery is allocating marketing funds to support the Educate/Innovate Grant program."
Instructions for how to apply are available on the Agency of Education's website. For questions about this program, contact Peter Drescher, education technology coordinator 802-479-1169 or email him at email@example.com.