QAD TeachNet Technology Grant Winners

If you are interested in applying for a QAD TeachNet Technology, ADAPTOR GRANT, use the following grant winners’ ideas to adapt in your own classroom

2017-18 Winners:

Greg Blessing
Santa Ynez Elementary School, College School District
Project Title: FITstep Pro Pedometer Pack
Description: Students will use FITstep Pro Uploadable Pedometers devices to sync with a dock and laptop computer to measure MVPA (moderate to vigorous physical activity).

FITstep Pro Pedometer Pack

Jeanet Herrera
Jimenez Elementary School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Project Title: What’s Your Opinion
Description: Integrating technology to teach students to learn how to write an opinion essay. This lesson includes students using Google Slides to effectively engage them in a writing assignment.

What’s Your Opinion?

Alyssa Prieto
Lompoc High School, Lompoc Unified School District
Project Title: Making Ice Using Isometric Transformations
Description: No two snowflakes are the same and neither are our students. Students create their own unique snowflake from rotations and reflections using geometry software.

Making Ice Using Isometric Transformations

Kiana Verhoeven
San Marcos High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Project Title: APUSH Time Periods 1-5 Map
Description: Students create a customized map through Google, utilizing layers to organize Time Periods. By creating shapes and marking landmarks and events, students make for themselves an interactive study guide for the first five time periods of the course.

APUSH Time Periods 1-5 Map

Annelise Wechsler
Franklin Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Project Title: Student Internet Research
Description: Using online resources, students will expand their knowledge of how to effectively research a topic and take relevant notes.

Student Internet Research

Tracy Womack
La Colina Junior High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Project Title: The Orange Fizz Experiment
Description: O M oranGey! Using ratio tables and graphs in Desmos, students compare the strength of the orange taste of three drink formulas to determine which one is the most Orangey.

The Orange Fizz Experiment

Sarah Barthel
Lompoc High School, Lompoc Unified School District
Project Title: Ready for Casting – My Digital Audition
Description: In today’s global society, actors can audition virtually all over the world. By having a digital portfolio always up to date and stored online in a Google drive, actors (students) can apply or audition for opportunities all over the world with a few keystrokes.

Ready for Casting – My Digital Audition

Michelle Poquette
Cabrillo High School, Lompoc Unified School District
Project Title: Caribou on the Edge
Students will use NGSS standards in hands on cross curricular activities to investigate how climate change is affecting the caribou populations in the arctic regions.

Caribou on the Edge

2016-17 Winners:

Douglas Silva
Santa Maria High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
Project Title: Transforming Functions Using Technology
Description: Students will use nearpod to learn how to transform functions. Nearpod is a free online platform that requires every student to be accountable for the questions asked in class.
Transforming Functions

Melanie Jacobson
San Marcos High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Project Title: A GRAVE Subject: Capturing Evidence of Community Life in the Goleta Cemetery
Description: Students conduct community fieldwork, acting as 21st century historical detectives. Working in teams of two, students document the past in our neighborhood cemetery, capturing photographic evidence with their phones, using cemetery websites to verify their hypotheses, and analyzing and publishing their findings on Instagram or Google Slides. A Grave Subject

Carolyn Molina
Oakley School , Santa Maria-Bonita School District,
Project Title: Blended Learning and the California Gold Rush
Description: In order for students to become proficient 21st Century learners, they must be able to learn from a variety of sources–not just the teacher or textbook. Using a blended learning model and multiple types of media, students will analyze the effects of the Gold Rush.

Blended Learning

Bree Jansen
Lompoc High School, Lompoc Unified School District
Project Title: Choreographic Self-Reflection and Revision through the use of Google Applications
Description: This unit in the Advanced Dance/Choreography course utilizes Google Applications such as Classroom, Docs, and Drive as well as the Google Application Add-On Orange Slice. Students are able to reflect upon and revise their creative work through the use of these applications.

Choreographic Self-Reflection

Santina Olney & Lara Willbanks
San Marcos High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Project Title: Global Poverty PSA Inquiry Project and Google MyMaps
Description: With the new California State Framework emphasis on Project Based learning, we wanted to create a project that allows for students to investigate causes and issues related to global poverty. With inquiry generated questions, students will produce a summative assessment that will encourage research, collaborative discussion, digital literacy development, and critical thinking skills.

Global Poverty

Kathleen Velazquez
Hope School, Hope School District
Project Title: G Suites for Education (formerly known as GAFE) and Digital Citizenship: A Mashup!
Description: As your students acquire knowledge about digital citizenship, they will explore “G Suites for Education” in a collaborative and creative way. In this project- based learning unit the students will watch a video and take notes (split screen), share, and collaborate (G Docs); create an image to represent a topic (G Drawing); create and collaborate on a presentation with their group (G Slides), and publish to the web. A mashup! G Suites

2015-16 Winners:

Michelle Brunkhurst
Roosevelt Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Project Title: Tip into Interactive Media with Tiny Tap
Description: Using technology, students can create and share their own online portfolios of learning. They will design their own portfolios to demonstrate and share science vocabulary.
Tiny Tap

Melanie Jacobson
San Marcos High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Project Title: The Bloody Century – War, Genocide, Influenza, and Prospects for Peace
Description: These technology-infused lessons explore the tumultuous years from 1914 to 1919, which propelled the world into what historians refer to as “The Bloody Century.” Using multi-media learning stations, an interactive app, Nearpod, primary document analysis, and online discussions via NEO, students prepare to write a document-based question (DBQ) essay that adheres to state history-social science standards and Common Core literacy standards. ”
The Bloody Century

Barbara Courain
Vandenberg Middle School, Lompoc Unified School District
Project Title: Interactive Writing: Using Google Apps to Engage, Reach, and Teach Scholars
Description: I used the basic principles and outline of Veronica’s lesson plan, but modified many parts of it to meet the needs of 8th grade history students instead of 7th graders Strategic English learners. Instead of using Google Docs to write a persuasive paper, my students wrote a group research paper about a Native American group (a unit which is a part of the 8th grade California State Standards). There were many modifications made to the writing part and a large addition made because students needed to be able to simultaneously write on the same document and write an introduction and conclusion paragraph together.
Interactive Writing

Jesse C. Grimm
Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
Project Title: Garden Project
Description: Our goal is to create opportunities for students with special needs to learn the skills necessary to operate a sustainable produce and flower growing operation, literally from the ground up.
Garden Project

Jenny Silver
Leonora Fillmore School, Lompoc Unified School District
Project Title: Le Silver Art Museum
Description: Students will run a classroom Art Museum based on famous masters. They provide brochures, oral information, and their interpretation of a Master’s art style as part of the exhibits.
Art Museum

JaNae Burger
Miguelito Elementary School, Lompoc Unified School District
Project Title: Movie Masters
Description: Students gain 21st Century technology skills by working in groups to complete the project-based learning task of creating a movie clip based on their research that will then be used to teach and assess peer learning.
Movie Masters

Veronica Tadeo
Fesler Junior High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Project Title: Collaborative and Meaningful Reading Analysis
Description: This strategy will effectively engage all students in the reading analysis process as student develop their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.
Reading Analysis

2014-15 Winners:

Christopher Hanna
Ellwood School, Goleta Union School District
Project Title: California Missions and Minecraft
Description: This project consists of three stages: Research, Written Report, and Build. After researching information about their mission, students will write a report, covering information on the founding, history, description, and present day life at the mission. The building process is completed on the game Minecraft where students design and construct their mission.
CA Missions

Lara Willbanks
San Marcos High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Project Title: State of the Union Unit
Description: This lesson includes students using an online message board while watching the State of the Union Address. It will include students using social media to ask a question to the White House on Big Block of Cheese Day.
State of the Union

Barbara Courain
Vandenberg Middle School, Lompoc Unified School District
Project Title: “PREZI”nting
Description: 8th graders will use Prezi an alternative to programs like PowerPoint to learn and present about inventions of the Industrial Revolution (a unit which is part of the 8th grade California State Standards).
PREZInting

Melanie Jacobson
San Marcos High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Project Title: “S.P.I.C.E. It Up! How a Song Dynasty Hand-Scroll Reflects China’s Golden Age”
Description: This inquiry-based, thematic and standards-infused world history lesson virtually embeds students into an eight-hundred-year-old Song Dynasty artwork to discover why historians regard this period in post-classical China its “golden age.”
SPICE it UP

Ben Wieman
Santa Maria High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
Project Title: 3D Design and Printing
Description: Students will assist in developing the NGSS Engineering, Technology and Applications of Science Disciplinary Core Idea and its components that have historically been underemphasized in science courses.
3D Design

Kevin Baldizon
Mckenzie Junior High School, Guadalupe Union School District
Project Title: Who the Cell Are You?
Description: Students will learn about the different organelles in the cell and their functions.
Who the Cell Are You

Travis Burke
Teacher on Special Assignment, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Project Title: Nana’s Lemonade
Description: Student will use video to enhance mathematics and problem solving: 3Act math in Google classroom.
Nana’s Lemonade

Veronica Tadeo
Fesler Junior High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Project Title: 21st Century Project Management
Description: Students will use technology to manage and complete classroom tasks.
21st Century Mgmt

Stephanie Gogonis, Peggy Kelly
Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District
Project Title: Childhood Play Space Memory Writing
Description: Students rewind back in time, select a childhood play space memory, and create a narrative writing piece utilizing assistive technology.
Childhood Play

Nicole Brady
Ontiveros Elementary School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Project Title: Journey Down the Ancient Nile
Description: Using a social studies kid-friendly website, students learn about big social studies concepts such as: social, political, religious, economic, and geographic structures.
Journey Down the Nile

2013-14 Winners

Veronica Tadeo
Fesler Jr. High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Interactive Writing: Using Google Apps to Engage, Reach, and Teach Scholars
Description: Using Google Apps and Docs, students engage in the writing process by collaborating with peers to improve their written work.

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Sharon Ybarra
Taylor School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
PREZI-nting
Description: 6th graders produce a Prezi on Ancient Greece with classmates, and share and teach younger children how to use Prezi for their work.
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Christy Callaghan
Patterson Road School, Orcutt Union School District
Video Modeling
Description: Using video recordings, students learn to record and watch their own behaviors to improve both technology and social skills.
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Krista Munizich
Canalino School, Carpinteria Unified School District
Books on the iPad
Description: First graders create informative textbooks about animals on the iPad and share them with classmates.
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Robert Cooper
Adams Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
3D Design and Printing
Description: Students design and print 3D objects they create using kid-friendly design software.
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Sean Federbusch
Adams Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
From Isolation to Connection: how students can use solitary isolation to create and explore their environment
Description: After reading Island of the Blue Dolphin, students use a variety of technologies to create 3D artifacts, images, and resources that are digitally shared with others studying the same content from the book.
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Valerie Lent
Dos Pueblos High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
The Common Core of Californian and French Teenagers
Description: Students in a French class have a year-long digital exchange with students from Bordeaux, France, editing each others’ writing and sharing student-made video documentaries.
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Heather Cash
Brandon School, Goleta Union School District
Unanswered Questions
Description: Using VoiceThread, students extend their study of the Chumash people by recording news reports that can be shared with a vast audience.
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2012-13 Winners

Heather Cash & John Dent
Brandon School, Goleta Union School District; Dos Pueblos High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Project Title: “Podcasts and Blogs: Making Expository Text Comprehensible and Interactive”
Description: Elementary and high school students work together to build literacy skills via recorded readings built into student-created podcasts and web-pages that are shared with fellow students online.

Podcasts and Blogs Unit

 

 

 

 

Robert Cooper
Adams Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Project Title: “Cooking with Fractions”
Description: Students use online resources to solve real-world problems using their knowledge of multiplying and dividing fractions.

Cooking with Fractions

Michael Daniels
Olive Grove Charter School, Los Olivos School District
Project Title: “How High Will It Fly? Using Quadratic Equations to Model the Flight Path of a Rocket”
Description: Using a web-based model and mathematics, students predict the path, height, speed, and thrust of a model rocket, then build and launch a model rocket to compare the actual measurements to the model.

How High Will It Fly?

Phil Edwards
Fesler Jr. High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Project Title: “Teaching a Turtle to Draw”
Description: Students use LOGO programming software to learn basic commands that result in the drawing of lines, arcs, and circles.  In order to create “programs” that draw the desired result, students must utilize degrees, distance, and proportions to give commands to the “turtle” so that it knows how and where to make its drawings.

 Teaching a Turtle to Draw

Lisa Lisle
Brandon School, Goleta Union School District
Project Title: “Learning to Fly – Using Google Earth to Create a State Report Presentation”
Description: As an alternative to traditional state reports, students learn to use Google Earth to fly to different locations, thumbtack those sites, and create custom multimedia  “tours” for their peers to accompany an oral presentation on their assigned state.

 Learning to Fly

Joshua Ostini
Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District
Project Title: “The Zombie Apocalypse is Coming – Are You Prepared?”
Description: Prior to reading Lord of the Flies, students research disaster preparedness, keep daily blog posts summarizing the information they learned, and make Public Service Announcement videos illustrating ways to prepare for a real-life disaster.

 The Zombie Apocalypse is Coming

2011-12 Winners

Michael Muscio
Rice School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Project Title: “Garden and Fish in a Barrel”
Description:  Students learn about and maintain an aquaponics tank, which creates a man made creek to support an ecosystem of vegetables and goldfish.

 Garden and Fish in a Barrel

Linda Fimlaid, Keri Santos, Bruce Robertson, Caroline Esdaile
Vista de Las Cruces School, Vista Del Mar Union School District
Project Title: “Blog Central: Read, Write, Share”
Description: Students use reading, research, and writing skills through the project Blog Central to create and share student work across the middle school curriculum. The project provides opportunities for the integration of technology into class activities and instruction.

 Blog CentralHandouts and WorksheetsRubricsWebsites

Pamela Rickard
Lompoc Valley Middle School, Lompoc Unified School District
Project Title: “Experimental Design: Osmosis and the Chicken Egg”
Description: Through a guided inquiry lab, students take the classic Osmosis Egg Cell lab a step further, by joining into teams and creating websites to showcase their experimental results.

 Osmosis & the Chicken Egg

Travis Bower
Dos Pueblos High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Project Title: “Nspired Flower Power”
Description: Students solve a variety of challenging geometric problems both by hand and by tech, using Nspire–a handheld mini-computer graphing calculator.

 Nspired Flower PowerNspired Student Samples, Google Docs

 

 

 

 

LeeAnne Del Rio
Righetti High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District
Project Title: “Art History T4:  Teenagers Teaching Through Technology”
Description: Art History students work in teams to create short videos expressing their understanding of art history in their own words.

 Art History T4Art History T4 Unit

Michelle Poquette
Cabrillo High School, Lompoc Unified School District
Project Title: “DNA Fingerprinting: A Forensic Innovation”
Description: Students demonstrate their knowledge of DNA fingerprinting, a technology used in forensic science. They apply what they learned from a web-based simulation to solve a genetic mystery, which of three fish, walleye, perch and salmon are more closely related on the evolutionary line. They look at results from a electrophoresis gel and analyze the results in a typed formal lab report.

 DNA FingerprintingDay1PPT, Day 2 – Gel Electrophoresis Virtual Lab Worksheet, Day 2 – Gel Electrophoresis Virtual Lab, Days 3 & 4- Lab Background ProcedureDays 3 & 4 – Genetic Gels SamplesDays 3 & 4 – Lab Write Up OutlineLab RubricLab RubricDay 5 – Genetic Technology Quiz

Amanda Rodriguez
Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District
Project Title: “Meiosis: The Steps to Creating Life”
Description:  Through the use of videos, visuals, and online activities, students become familiarized with the concepts and steps associated with Meiosos and Mendelian Genetics.

 MeiosisMeiosis Lesson Plan-1Meiosis Lesson Plan-2Meiosis Lesson Plan-3Meiosis Lesson Plan-4Brain POPMeiosis-10.2Reinforcement and Study Guide, Meiosis Flip Book Project RubricFlip book Pg.1Flip book Pg.2Flip book Pg.3Flip book Pg.4Flip book Pg.5Reebop Baby LabReebop Baby Lab Student Work SamplesMeiosis Internet ActivityMeiosis Quiz

2010-11 Winners

Travis Bower
Dos Pueblos High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Project Title: Nspired Calc-Art
Description: Students create mathematical art using Nspire–a handheld mini-computer graphing calculator.

 Google Docs

Therese Brady
Arellanes Elementary School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Project Title: “Geometry Rules!”
Description: Students learn the geometry concepts of perimeter and area through a variety of instructional strategies, resources, technologies and web-based sites.

 Geometry RulesGeometry Perimeter PPTGeometry Area PPTActivity Sheets

Deanna Byrne
Righetti High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District
Project Title: A Day in the Life of Photo Journals
Description: Students set up a blog using NING with a school in the south of Kyrgyzstan. They share photo diaries, prepare digital video stories, and use Skype and podcast sessions to communicate with their Kyrgyzstanian friends.

 Photojournals UnitKyrgyzstan PPT

Judy C. Compton, Ed.D
Montecito Union School, Montecito Union School District
Project Title: “Metamorphosis at Our Front Door: Understanding the Monarch Butterfly Life Cycle”
Description: Students create storyboards chronicling the life cycle of the monarch butterfly and produce digital slide shows using KidPix publishing software.

 Metamorphosis UnitLesson Plans and ResourcesMonarch VocabularyButterfly StagesMonarch Pages TemplateMonarch Page SampleStudent Slide Show #1Student Slide Show #2

 

 

 

 

Judy Denton
La Honda School, Lompoc Unified School District
Project Title: “Camouflage Writing”
Description: Students conduct research using multiple resources while preparing a science focused multimedia/oral presentation.

 Camouflage WritingCamouflage Writing Lessons and Materials

Autumn Jennings
Righetti High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District
Project Title: “Messages of Protest”
Description: Utilizing PhotoShop and Internet resources, students create an original t-shirt design that communicates their views on a social or political issue.

 Messages of Protest UnitLesson PlansT-Shirt Design HandoutRubricStudent Work Samples

 

 

 

 

Peggy Kelly
Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District
Project Title: “The Hemingway Bullfighting Paper”
Description: Students answer the question of whether bullfighting is an art, a sport, or animal cruelty, as the read The Sun Also Rises, a novel from Ernest Hemingway which prominently features bullfighting.

 Bullfighting UnitAssignment PromptRubricResearch TemplateBullfighting ControversySample EssaySample Essay #2

Michelle Poquette
Cabrillo High School, Lompoc Unified School District
Project Title: Flashy Fish and Natural Selection
Description: Students participate in hands-on activities including the web-based ‘Flashy Fish’ guppy-breeding simulation as they learn about natural selection, a California State Standard.

 Natural Selection UnitLesson PlansGuppy Simulation WorksheetNatural Selction Notes PPTEvolution Vocabulary Review Game

Diane Siegal, Melanie Dickey
Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District
Project Title: Uncle Tom in the 21st Century
Description: In conjunction with reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin, student research teams explore modern-day slavery across the globe through the production of infomercials and/or websites. Students also plan and execute a fundraising event to benefit an organization that combats human trafficking.

 Uncle Tom UnitReflections on Hunger BanquetInstructions for research paper and informercial

2009-10 Winners

Riccardo Magni
Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District
Project Title: “Hominid CSI”
Description: Students learn about human evolution through Internet research and a PowerPoint presentation. They use an LCD projector to display and share their findings.

 Hominid CSIEvolution PPTNOVA – First Steps worksheetList of HominidsHominid Powerpoint Presentation RubricStudent Expectations of PowerpointsHominid ExamStudent PPT ExampleStudent PPT Example #2

Tracy Thompson
La Colina Jr. High School, Santa Barbara Secondary School District
Project Title: “Multiplication for Middle Schoolers”
Description: Students play online interactive games to assist their learning of multiplication tables. The Internet games allow for immediate feedback on specific concepts and goals.

 Multiplication for Middle SchoolersHandoutsFlashCardsScreen Shots

Scott Yamahata
Dos Pueblos High School, Santa Barbara Secondary School District
Project Title: “Teen Entrepreneur” 
Description: Students become “teen entrepreneurs” where they research and develop their own products. The research involves listening to guest speakers through Moodle and online assignments using Joomla. Students pitch their products and business plan in a real-life “shark-tank” (group of business people), who determine whether they feel that the idea deserves funding.

 Teen EntrepreneurLesson 1Lesson 2Lesson 3Lesson 4Business Plan CriteriaBusiness Plan RubricOral Score SheetMarketing Plan Presentation Score Sheet

Shawn Tracht
Righetti High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District
Project Title: The 21st Century Classroom-Student Research and Web-Building ” 
Description: Students use the Internet as a source for 21st century research opportunities and learn how to create a website and publish their research.

 The 21st Century Classroom-Student Research and Web-Building

 

2008-09 Winner

Jenee Severance
Crestview School, Lompoc Unified School District
Project Title: Tripping Through Our Galaxy
Description: Students become experts on planets as they learn about the galaxy, explore objects in space, and prepare research reports on the planets. They then draw the planets on the computer using Kid Pix, and create a Power Point presentation on their selected planets, which is presented to the class.

 Tripping Through Our GalaxyLesson 1Lesson 2Lesson 3Lesson 4Lesson 5Lesson 6Student Example Earth ReportStudent Example Jupiter ReportStudent Art Example #1Student Art Example #2Student Art Example #3Solar System Class PPT