The Fall 2006 Classroom Grant judging is completed! Congratulations
to ten lucky winners who will each receive over $3,700
in prizes. Click
here to see the applications from the runner-up finalists!
Here are the grant applications of our five Grand Prize winning
Score: 4.93 out of 5.00
Karen Grindall, Portage Path Elementary
55 South Portage Path, Akron, OH 44303, 330-761-2795 firstname.lastname@example.org
LESSON TITLE: BACK IN TIME-BRINGING IT TO THE FUTURE
Portage Path Elementary School celebrates its 99th birthday this
year - a school that replaced a former two room schoolhouse on
an historic trail that Native American created to portage their
canoes between two major waterways. As we prepare for our 99th
birthday we are also working with the architects to design the
new school that will be built next year on the same site to replace
the one that has had its years of wear and tear. Over the
past 15 years, every 5 years, we have been working with a small
group of our first and fifth grade students to gather oral histories
of what life was like at Portage Path through the years. We began
then, knowing that we had to gather stories of those who were
aging and would not be with us when we reached the 100th year.
We invited and interviewed people mainly who attended school there
in the 1908 through 1940 range. They brought us pictures and we
scanned them as we could. They brought us letter sweaters and
autograph books they kept and wanted to pass back to our archive.
Now as we prepare for designing the new school we are also working
with the architects to preserve terrazzo tiles, sculptures on
the building of the Indians who trailed by, warn marble steps
and some of the brass doorknobs. We have a well know American
metal sculptor, Don Drumm, who lives a block from school, working
with us on fitting the old recovered pieces of the school into
the new so many former students talk about special places in the
With the Olympus grant we will again work with our first and
fifth grade classes (we are buddy classes) to bring the oral history
test and photos to the new building. We will:
1. have students take photos with the DIGITAL CAMERAS of each
class as it is today and with using podcasting we will create
our historical section of our school on our school web site
2. have students scan additional photos we have received and using
TOOL FACTORY WORKSHOP create additional photos for the web page
3. have students these same photos and using TOOL FACTORY WORKSHOP
WORD PROCESSING write strong narratives from the notes they take
while interviewing past students
4. have students take the past oral histories and polish
them up with TOOL FACTORY WORKSHOP WORD PROCESSING to prepare
the narrative to go on the web page with the picture
5. send news releases again requesting additional past graduates
to come and be interviewed, photographed with DIGITAL CAMERAS
and share their memorabilia with the students
6. have students catch many candid learning shots (during this
school year) with the DIGITAL CAMERAS and then using TOOL FACTORY
WORKSHOP prepare them to be made into banners to hang in the new
7. have students select what they consider the best photos taken
with the DIGITAL CAMERAS and oral histories and then using TOOL
FACTORY WORKSHOP create collages of past and present to be framed
and hung in the new school
8. have students prepare their own movie of all of our collections
of DIGITAL photos, video interviews and words that will be presented
at a 99th birthday party (in the past we had big celebration parties
at 85th and 90th)
9. have students in the next class take the pictures of the school
as it is being razed and rebuilt with the DIGITAL CAMERAS and
document with TOOL FACTORY WORKSHOP write what is going on, again
to be at on our web page
10. have students interview, write into a narrative using TOOL
FACTORY WORKSHOP and photograph the artists we have engaged to
bring the past physical parts and pieces of the building (tile,
sculpture, marble) and incorporate them into the new building
to give it a warm sense of home
11. have students when the building is complete add on to the
movie created by students this years to create a DVD for those
that want one (as a fundraiser to continue to add items to make
the new building feel like home)
12. have students continuously add their written work and photos
taken with the DIGITAL CAMERA to the web page so the story is
told in many mediums
BACK IN TIME-BRINGING IT TO THE FUTURE promotes in young children:
1. a strong sense of history and appreciation for the past
2. a real reason to photograph and write in narrative what real
people have to say
3. an understanding of how people of all ages play an important
role in our community
4. an understanding that sustainability (blending the old into
the new through reuse) is a viable way to live so often
our children of today are taught to throw something away if you
are getting new
5. how to tell a story in words, in banners, in framed
photos and narratives and on the web in words, pictures and podcasted
6. how to work as a team
7. thinking skills, sense of time, discovery,
8. how to teach from fifth grader to first grader (we use this
process between our classes on some project every year)
Banners made from pictures to be hung in new school
Framing of collage pictures to be hung in new school $200
Memory cards (3) $ 50
Battery Charger and Batteries $ 50
"Digital storytelling, podcasting, art, and interviews
are powerful learning opportunities!"
"GREAT project...something that the entire community
will be able to share."
Score: 4.75 out of 5.00
Tunisha Peterson, Bethune-Bowman Middle/High
4857 Charleston Hwy., Rowesville, SC 29133, 803-516-6011 ext.
LESSON TITLE: No Theme Left Behind!
This project will serve approximately 125 students in grades 9-12
who are enrolled in the Multimedia Telecommunications, Art I-II,
and Food and Nutrition courses. These students will create a catering
business, various printed materials and videos. They will gain
hands-on experience for the real world.
They will work in groups of four or five to create various publications
using TOOL FACTORY WORD PROCESSOR. Students will select various
themes and create magazines, brochures, videos, and slide presentations.
Each class will have one hundred or more recipes to categorize
according to food type. TOOL FACTORY DATABASE will help students
quickly search and sort through the large amount of recipes. As
each group prepares for their theme, they will take photographs
using DIGITAL CAMERAS. Photographs will be for clear and accurate
instructions from shopping to food preparation, and final presentations.
All images will then be loaded into the DATABASE for inclusion
in the other projects.
As the projects are occurring students will use MULTIMEDEA LAB
V/TOOL FACTORY WORD PROCESSOR to create their business packages
(logo, slogan, letterhead, etc
), theme menus, invitations,
decorations, and a slide presentation of their foods.
The students will select recipes for appetizers, side dishes,
main dishes, breads, desserts, and drinks to prepare. Each group
will also create a script to videos for commercials advertisements
and their cooking shows.
Ongoing projects will include a Theme Party Magazine. Each group
will write, edit and publish a magazine based on their theme using
MULTIMEDEA LAB V/TOOL FACTORY WORD PROCESSOR. Magazines will include
recipes, vocabulary, decoration ideas, images, shopping list and
a suggested budget.
The culminating project for No Theme Left Behind will be a Theme
Meal/Multicultural Fair. Students will prepare and display their
recipes from their magazines. All classes will create a cookbook
integrating all themes, recipes, and images. Specific vocabulary
terms, shopping lists, and budgets will also be listed in the
cookbooks appendix. All students will receive a copy of the books
on CD. Cookbooks and magazines will also be on display at the
fair for parents, students, and community to purchase in print
or on CD/DVD. TOOL FACTORY SPREEDSHEET will be used to manage
all budgets and profits made form sales.
Persons who wish to have a theme party catered by the students
can make arrangement for booking a party.
This grant grant will follow the South Carolina Curriculum Standards
for Visual Art and Food and Nutrition, as well as the National
Educational Technology Standards.
2 HP Office Paper $ 38.00 $ 76.00
2 HP office Paper 11x17 $ 10.00 $ 20.00
4 Blk Ink Cartridges $ 20.00 $ 80.00
4 Color Ink Cartridges $ 22.00 $ 88.00
1 Binding System $ 90.00 $ 90.00
1 Zipbind Spines $ 46.00 $ 46.00
1 DVD-R $ 40.00 $ 40.00
2 CD-R $ 30.00 $ 60.00
Total $ 500.00
"I like the integration across the curriculum.
This sounds like a "fun" education!"
"Unique way of incorporating all the software into a
project that has a real world basis."
"This sounds like a great project, very different from
Score: 4.58 out of 5.00
Anna Andrews, American School for the Deaf
139 North Main St., West Hartford, CT 06107 (860)570-2340 email@example.com
LESSON TITLE: Bonjour Paris!
Bonjour! High School students at the American School for the Deaf
in West Hartford, CT have a wonderful opportunity to learn about
French language and culture through an exchange program with the
Institut National de Jeunes Sourds, a school for deaf students
in Paris. Students at each school take classes in the language
and culture of their sister school and each year,
one school group travels to visit the other on an alternating
basis. Penpals are set up early in the year so that students have
a real connection to each other before they meet. During their
visit, they have the opportunity to spend one weekend at the home
of their penpals to see family life in an authentic setting. What
makes the program unique is that students learn not only the written
language of the other country, but also its sign language. They
learn about each countrys mainstream culture as well as
the sub-culture of the deaf community.
Using TOOL FACTORY WORD PROCESSOR and THE INCREDIBLE E-MAILER,
students will write letters to their penpals. Students will also
use the word processing software to create a guidebook for their
trip to Paris before they leave.
DIGITAL CAMERAS will be used to document the trip. Each student
will create a personal photo album and contribute to a collective
album for the classroom.
TOOL FACTORY SPREADSHEET will be used to keep a record of fundraising
efforts before the trip as well as expenses incurred in traveling.
The VIDEO function on the cameras will be used to capture French
sign language which will be discussed later in the classroom in
a comparative language study. TOOL FACTORY DATABASE will be used
to collect clips of French signs, and students will create a French/English
sign language dictionary.
Using MULTIMEDIA LAB V, students will prepare a presentation
about their experiences abroad foryuio the rest of the student
body when they return.
Students will also create a website about their experiences using
TOOL FACTORY HOME PAGE. The website will provide links to the
school in Paris as well as allow French students to post information
about their trip to the U.S. a truly multi-lingual site
with written French, written English, French sign language (LSF)
and American Sign Language (ASL).
For almost 20 years, the exchange program between ASD and INJS
has provided an opportunity for students and staff on both sides
of the Atlantic to share each others language and culture.
With the technology available through this grant, they can now
better preserve what theyve learned and share it with the
world. Bon Voyage!
3 Olympus Digital Camera Starter Kits (case, batteries with charger,
table top tripod) @ $39.99 = $119.97
3 memory cards @ $30.00 = $120.00
1 HP Photosmart C4180 All-in-One Color Printer = $149.00
3 Color Ink Cartridges @ $19.99 = $59.97
3 Boxes Photo Paper @ $16.99 = $50.97
TOTAL = $499.91
"Great use of database and video capability of digital
"What a fun project!! and also great integration of technology
and sign language."
Score: 4.43 out of 5.00
Kathy Uy, St. John Vianney Parish School
17500 West Gebhardt Road, Brookfield, WI 53045 262-796-3942 firstname.lastname@example.org
LESSON TITLE: Vamos A Viajar
The world around us is full of diversity, culture and history.
As our young adults begin to discover the world around them, Vamos
A Viajar will encourage interest and excitement in various cities
while recognizing subtle differences in cultural norms. While
Spanish is taught as part of the curriculum at St. John Vianney
School, our students may not recognize the subtle cultural differences
when speaking the language in Central and South American cities/countries.
Vamos A Viajar will increase awareness of cultural and oral diversity,
uniqueness of each community, and allow students to share their
newfound knowledge with other students, parents and the community
at large. We are very excited to embark on this new venture together.
The 7th & 8th grade students at St. John Vianney School will
benefit from using an Olympus digital camera and Tool Factory
software as they create Vamos a Viajar a one-minute
commercial video and travel brochure encouraging travel to a Spanish
speaking city/country. The curriculum for this project will include
course work from language arts (English), Spanish, social studies,
technology, music and art. The final project will be available
for students, parents, and community to view on a website to be
created by students.
Each advertisement will have digitally filmed live action, a
slide show of the destination, graphics, charts, props, and an
accompanying travel brochure to represent the chosen city/country.
Student teams will begin Vamos A Viajar by contacting the embassy
of the city/country they are researching. Students will request
tourist information, safety concerns and cultural events to include
in the commercial.
Student teams will create a travel brochure using TOOL FACTORY
WORKSHOP WORD PROCESSING and WHOLE CLASS FRESCO. The travel brochure
will offer recommended places to stay, attractions, cultural highlights,
and helpful hints travelers need to know to increase the safety
and quality of the vacation. Travel tips may include basic Spanish
vocabulary, proper verbal and body language to use when greeting
natives, and dining etiquette. WHOLE CLASS FRESCO will be used
to incorporate bright and colorful pictures of people or recommended
places mentioned in the brochure.
Each team will use TOOL FACTORY WORKSHOP WORD PROCESSING to make
a timeline for the commercial. They will be asked to include popular
locations, history, music, food, geography, the flag and culture.
They will plan graphs, charts, and handouts they will need during
Next, using TOOL FACTORY WORKSHOP PAINT PROGRAM the team will
create simple story boards to plan the sequencing of their advertisement.
Students will visually organize the sequence of the commercial.
This phase will identify the digital photos and physical items
teams need to collect. Organizing the commercial will assist students
with focus and position of the video camera for each shot.
When the story board is completed, students will create components
in TOOL FACTORY WORKSHOP to use in their ads. Classroom time in
social studies, science, and math will allow students to create
graphs and charts regarding population, foods, geography, economy,
In Art class, students will paint a mural backdrop of the location
of the chosen city/country. Students will create props (paper
mache food, clay souvenirs, etc) to be used in their commercial.
Using an OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA, students will take pictures of
the backdrop, props and of themselves touring. Using
MULTIMEDIA LAB V, students will collage images into the location
to be used for the slide show portion of the advertisement. Students
will use an OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA to photograph items in their
surroundings that might represent the city/country, for example
plantains at the grocery store, tropical flowers at a shop, decorations
at a Mexican/Spanish restaurant, musical instruments, etc to enhance
In language arts/English, the team will compose a script for
the commercial advertising their assigned city/country. Students
will research the internet to access the city/country website.
Using TOOL FACTORY WORKSHOP students will create the script and
highlight speaking lines for individual actors, actresses, and
narrator. The one minute spot will include climate, tourist attractions,
and cultural points of interest, currency and modes of transportation.
The conclusion of the script will encourage prospective travelers
to visit the school website (vamosaviajar.sjv) to request a free
brochure about the city/country. After the scripts are written,
students will edit materials to ensure they are within the time
In music class, students will add the element of native music
to the introduction and closing of the script.
In technology, students will film the commercial with an OLYMPUS
DIGITAL CAMERA. Final editing of the commercial will occur in
TOOL FACTORY WORKSHOP to put the final touches on the commercial
and each Vamos A Viajar destination will be saved on CD.
Students will then use TOOL FACTORY HOME PAGE to upload their
commercial onto the vamosaviajar.sjv website for the community
St. John Vianney is very excited to introduce Vamos A Viajar
to the junior high students and work with them as they learn about
respective countries/cities. The teachers are eager to learn new
software and share it with all 514 students at St. John Vianney
School. We hope you are as excited about this project as we are!
3 Memory cards (100G) $100 each = $300
1 terra cotta clay 25 lbs
Plus shipping/handling $100
1 printer ink cartridge $50
1 photolight stand w/light $55
Additional supplies for Vamos a Viajar will be provided by St.
John Vianney School.
"I work in an Elementary Arts & Technology Academy
and I think this project is a wonderful way to integrate across
"Building global awareness and cultural connections for
middle school students through digital projects and arts/humanities/drama
opportunities is awesome!"
Score: 4.39 out of 5.00
Alvalene Rogers, C E Murray High School
222 C E Murray Blvd., P O Box 188, Greeleyville, SC 29056 843-426-2121
LESSON TITLE: The Many Faces of Greeleyville
Family is very important to me. My happiest memories of growing
up are of me spending time with my parents and my grandparents
and listening to their stories (which were all rich with history
and traditions and always taught a lesson). As a teacher, I always
use stories in my lessons. I want my students to develop a passion
for family and knowing their heritage and its importance on their
own development. I would like to use this project to help my students
develop a deeper appreciation for their culture and heritage.
The students will work in teams of three or four people based
on hometown locality. The project will begin with each student
taking a Family History quiz. Each team member will gather favorite
family recipes, record local traditions and/or legends, holiday
celebrations, local fables and stories, and historical community
Students will use tape and digital recorders to record their
conversations as they speak with family and community members
to gather information.
Using TOOL FACTORY WORD PROCESSOR, the students will type all
recipes and type reports regarding traditions, celebrations, history
and local fables and stories. Using TOOL FACTORY DATABASE, the
class will create a database recording the people and events that
the students regard as significant in their community. Students
will use the TOOL FACTORY PAINT and FRESCO to illustrate all the
reports and stories. Students will use the digital cameras to
take photographs of all persons supplying information and recipes.
Students will also photograph sites in the community, actual celebrations
and photograph actual dishes prepared by family and community
The project will come together in the form of a book, The Many
Faces of Greeleyville. The book will be created and illustrated
by using Tool Factory Workshop and Whole Class Fresco. Phase two
will involve students creating a presentation using MultiMedia
Lab V. Also using MultiMedia Lab V, they will create a trivia
game about their community. The presentation will be created to
include links for every recipe, tradition and historical fact
including pictures of the community members and sites.
Using the video function of the digital camera, students will
film a documentary that can be shown at PTA meetings and community
functions. The documentary will consist of clips from every aspect
of the project including interviews of community members and family
describing the community history, actual preparation of recipes
and actual family celebration. Students will include footage of
the class actually working on the project.
Each student and the oldest member of each community will receive
a complimentary bound copy of the book and the presentation on
DVD. The book and DVD will also be available for sale and the
proceeds of the sale will allow the project to be continued adding
more recipes and more interviews each year.
Students will use TOOL FACTORY HOME PAGE to build a website about
their home town and the project.
The project will promote cultural awareness and pride. It will
allow students to be creative, use their organizational skills
and work on cooperative learning and teamwork skills. It will
give them the opportunity to work on both their hard and soft
3 Camera Bags $60
3 Memory Cards $90
Spindle of CDs $25
Spindle of DVDs $30
Color Ink $80
Black Ink $50
Sheet Protectors $20
Photo Paper $50
Audio Cassettes $20
*Teacher will cover the cost of anything not covered by the grant
"I really like this concept! Very well presented!"
"Project utilizes Tool Factory software and sounds interesting.
I like the teacher's dedication to the project and her community."
Read the applications
of the 5 runner-up finalists.