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2011-2012 Tech Grant Winners

Three New Jersey teachers are each recipients of up to $2000 as winners of the 2011-12 NJAET Technology Project Grant competition. They proposed projects that involved the use of technology to help reach curricular goals in their classrooms.

The winners are:

K-2nd grade category
Ms. Valerie Hecht
Wemrock Brook School
Manalapan, NJ

Teams of second graders will use iPads and related apps to study light, shadows and color. Students will reach important physical science and communication goals through the tablet medium. The plan is to share this series of lesson among several second grade classes for greater impact.

Check out Ms. Hecht's blog about this grant at http://ipadgrant.wordpress.com.

3rd-5th grade category
Ms. Beth Kelley
Riverbank Charter School
Roebling, NJ

The “We are Riverbank Charter School” iMovie project is a cross-curricular video project integrating the use of video, photos, music and voice narration to document student learning throughout a school year. Over 140 students will be involved in collecting video and other resources throughout the year to help tell their school’s story in a culminating movie.

6th-8th grade category
Ms. Maureen Barrett
Harrington Middle School
Mt. Laurel, NJ

Five hundred students will be involved with building and testing submersible ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) that will be used for a local, then regional competition called SeaPerch. They will deploy the ROVs equipped with underwater cameras and record results on a digital video recorder. Students will learn and apply STEM skills in design, tool use, tool safety, and technical procedures.

Congratulations to the winners. NJAET is happy to provide opportunities for your students to learn important concepts and skills though the use of technology. Thanks also to the other applicants. We encourage you to promote your ideas in future grant opportunities.