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					            Qwest/AzTEA Classroom
             Technology Integration
Competitive Mini-Grant Application Package




               Application Deadline:
                     Round 1: December 16, 2008
                     Round 2: February 17, 2009

    Administered by Arizona Technology in Education Alliance (AzTEA),
    an International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) affiliate.


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               Qwest/AzTEA Classroom Technology Integration
                    Competitive Mini-Grant Application
Introduction
         The Qwest Foundation has allocated to the Arizona Technology in Education Alliance (AzTEA)
$95,000 through a Qwest Foundation for Education Grant to be awarded to Arizona PreK-12 teachers
who demonstrate an innovative use of technology with students. The funds will be disbursed to Arizona
school districts, charter or private schools. The funds may be used to purchase the following for use in the
classroom: supplies and materials, technology, or professional development activities. Any non-
disposable supplies and materials or capital objects purchased are the property of the district or school
that is awarded the grant. Funds will be awarded two times during the 2008-2009 school year. The first
round will be awarded at the AzTEA Teaching and Technology Conference on January 31, 2009. The
second round will be awarded at the AzTEA Awards Banquet at the Microcomputers in Education
Conference on March 9-11, 2009. The funds must be spent by June 30, 2009. Deadline for the January
Award: The application must be postmarked by December 16, 2008. Deadline for the March
Award: The application must be postmarked by February 17, 2009.

The purpose of this grant is to:

    1. Recognize Arizona PreK-12 teachers who are using technology in innovative ways with students;
    2. Increase an awareness of how teachers are using technology in the classroom;
    3. Models best practices with technology integration improving student achievement.

Timelines
    1. Attend an informational session on grant procedures and answer questions at the AzTEA Peak
         Performance Conference, November 8, 2008, Flagstaff, AZ. (Optional Activity. Conference
         Registration is Required.)
    2.   Mini-grant proposals must be postmarked by December 16, 2008 or February 17, 2009.
         Proposals postmarked after that date will not be considered.
    3.   Mini-grants can be applied for in the amounts of $2,500, $5,000, and $10,000
    4.   Mini-Grants will be awarded on January 31 and March 9-11, 2009, respectively.
    5.   Panel or poster session presentations of awarded projects in progress will be made on May 2,
         2009.
    6.   Presentation or poster presentation of awarded project outcomes will be made at one of the
         AzTEA conferences during the 2009-2010 year.

Eligibility
        All AzTEA members who are Arizona certified PreK-12 school teachers are eligible to receive a
 maximum of one Mini-Grant award. (This includes public, charter, and private school certified preK-12
 teachers.)
        Applicants who are not selected for an award in January may reapply for the February submission
 deadline.
Technical Assistance
         AzTEA Board Representatives and Chapter Officers are available to provide technical assistance
and to answer questions. For assistance in applying for a Qwest /AzTEA Classroom Technology
Integration Competitive Mini-Grant, contact AzTEA by emailing qwestawards@aztea.org.

Award Process
        The Qwest Foundation for Education Grant requires that Mini-Grants be awarded through a
competitive proposal process. All proposals will be read and judged by a statewide committee comprised
of PreK-12 educators and business leaders. This panel will determine those applications that best meet
the funding criteria using the rubric and scoring sheet included in this application package. AzTEA will
notify awardees in person at the AzTEA Teaching and Technology Conference, January 31, 2009,
Tucson, AZ and at the AzTEA Awards Banquet at MEC, March 9-11, 2009, Tempe, AZ. Award
recipients not in attendance will receive notification by U.S. Postal Mail.

Required Video Taping
        Educators who are awarded a Qwest /AzTEA Classroom Technology Integration Competitive
Mini-Grant agree to participate in the creation of a digitally videotaped technology based lesson or
showcase of the project. Educators who are awarded are required to supply proper student release for
videotaping permission. Qwest will assist AzTEA in digitizing the video for purposes of sharing Best
Teaching Practices via the World Wide Web. The digital video snippet will be posted on the AzTEA
website at http://www.aztea.org

Required Presentation
        Educators who are awarded a Qwest/AzTEA Classroom Technology Integration Competitive
Mini-Grant agree to participate in a panel or poster session on integrating technology in the classroom to
other Arizona PreK-12 educators at the Way out West (WOW) Conference on Saturday, May 2, 2009,
showcasing the project. Awarded teachers will also be required to present on the outcomes of their
awarded project at one of the AzTEA conferences during 2009-2010 or at MEC in 2009. (AzTEA
sponsors 3 statewide conferences: November – PEAK Conference, Flagstaff; January – Teaching and
Technology Conference, Tucson; and May – WOW Conference, Phoenix)

Required Reports
        AzTEA will require from each awardee, a report on the expenditure of funds as well as a
narrative detailing how the goals of your project were met through this award. Guidelines and specific
timeline will be provided to each participant awarded funds by through the Qwest /AzTEA Classroom
Technology Integration Competitive Mini-Grant Program.
            Qwest/AzTEA Classroom Technology Integration
             Competitive Mini-Grant Application Procedure
Instructions
       Each AzTEA Member who is an Arizona certificated PreK-12 classroom educator may
apply for one mini-grant and must complete all of the following steps. Please review the
following resources for guidance:
                       Arizona Technology Standards
                          (http://www.ade.az.gov/standards/technology/default.asp)
                             st
                       21 Century Skills MILE Guide
                          (http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/index.php?option=com_content&tas
                          k=view&id=33&Itemid=53)
                       ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) NETS
                          (National Education Technology Standards) for Teachers and Students
                          (http://cnets.iste.org/)
                       See Appendix A – Proposal Scoring Rubric

       Step 1: Complete the Qwest/AzTEA Classroom Technology Integration Competitive
               Mini-Grant Application Assurance Sheet included in this application package.

       Step 2: Prepare a one-page narrative description of your project goals. Indicate clearly
               the learning and skill development that will occur for both the students and the
               teacher as a result of their participation in the project. (Use “Project Goals” page
               included in this application package-page 6.)

       Step 3: Prepare a one-page narrative description of how you will use technology with
               students in innovative ways, as aligned to the Arizona Technology Standards.
               (Use “How You Will Use Technology with Students in Innovative Ways as
               Aligned to the Arizona Technology Standards” page included in this application
               package-page 7.)

       Step 4: Prepare a one-page narrative description of how your student-centered use of
               technology will impact student performance, as aligned to the Arizona
               Academic and Technology Standards. (Use “How Your Student-Centered Use
               of Technology Will Impact Student Performance as Aligned to the Arizona
               Academic and Technology Standards” page included in this application
               package-page 8.)

       Step 5: Prepare a one-page budget narrative of what you are proposing to purchase and
               how this purchase will enhance your work with students. (Use “Budget
               Narrative” page included in this application package-page 9.)

       Step 6: Prepare a proposed budget. (Use “Proposed Budget” page included in this
               application package-page 10.)
     Qwest/AzTEA Classroom Technology Integration
      Competitive Mini-Grant Application Procedure
Step 7: Provide assurance of AzTEA membership. To confirm if you are a current
        AzTEA member email aztea@aztea.org. (Membership application is attached to
        this grant application, if needed.)

Step 8: Assemble the proposal application and include 7 copies of each of the
         following, IN ADDITION to the SIGNED ORIGINAL in the order listed
        below, stapled upper left:

              Page 1: Assurance Sheet
              Page 2: Narrative Page - Project Goals
              Page 3: Narrative Page - How You Will Use Technology with Students in
              Innovative Ways as Aligned to the Arizona Technology Standards
              Page 4: Narrative Page - How Your Student-Centered Use of Technology
              Will Impact Student Performance as Aligned to the Arizona Academic and
              Technology Standards
              Page 5: Narrative Page – Budget Narrative
              Page 6: Proposed Budget

              Optional Page 7: Attached AzTEA Membership Application if required


                NO supplemental materials will be accepted.
                  NO faxed applications will be accepted.
Step 9: Submit the original and 7 copies of your proposal via regular mail and one
        electronic copy of your proposal (e-mail or disk) postmarked on or before
        December 16, 2008, or February 17, 2009 respectively, to:

                Christopher Johnson, AzTEA President
                AzTEA (AZ Technology in Education Alliance)
                PMB 292
                1753 E. Broadway, Ste #101
                Tempe, AZ 85282
                Tel: 800-613-4524
                qwestawards@aztea.org
       Qwest/AzTEA Classroom Technology Integration
      Competitive Mini-Grant Application Assurance Sheet

Project Title: ___________________________________ Amount of Request: $___________

District Name: ___________________________________ County: _______________________

Name of Certificated Teacher: _____________________________________________________

Name of School currently teaching at: _______________________________________________

Address of School:

Years taught in Arizona K-12 public education: ____________________

Content area(s) that you are teaching in Arizona K-12 public education:
______________________________________________________________________________

AzTEA Membership number: ____________________________________________________

I certify that if I receive a Qwest/AzTEA Classroom Technology Integration Competitive
Mini-Grant –
             I agree to participate in the creation of a digitally videotaped technology based
                lesson or showcase of the project for the purposes of sharing best teaching
                practices.
             I will agree to participate in a panel or poster session on May 2, 2009, and to
                present at one other AzTEA Conference during the 2008-2010 school year.
             I will agree to submit a report on the expenditure of funds as well as a narrative
                detailing how the goals of my project were met through this award.

Superintendent Name                   E-mail                                 Telephone


Signature

Principal Name                        E-mail                                 Telephone


Signature

Teacher                               E-mail                                 Telephone


Signature



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              Qwest/AzTEA Classroom Technology Integration
             Competitive Mini-Grant Application – Narrative Page

                                 Project Goals


    TIP: Make sure the following questions are clearly addressed in your narrative:
         (The goals should be bulleted and use the SMART goal format).
       Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-based and Time sensitive

1. What do you want students to know and be able to do by the end of your project?
2. What learning and/or insights will the teacher take from this project?
3. Describe the project activities that will support each goal.




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            Qwest/AzTEA Classroom Technology Integration
           Competitive Mini-Grant Application – Narrative Page

         How You Will Use Technology with Students in
Innovative Ways as Aligned to the Arizona Technology Standards


 TIP: Make sure the following points are clearly addressed in your narrative:

1. Is your project new and novel?
2. Are you pioneering a new approach?
3. Is it cutting edge?
Possible ideas to incorporate into your project related to teacher use of technology:
        a. technology tools/equipment used in a new, innovative and/or novel manner?
        b. novel instructional strategies?
        c. new curriculum development and implementation?
        d. multidisciplinary or interdepartmental participation?
        e. involvement with the community or industry?
        f. collaborative programs among students and teachers?




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                  Qwest/AzTEA Classroom Technology Integration
                 Competitive Mini-Grant Application – Narrative Page

    How Your Student-Centered Use of Technology Will Impact Student
Performance as Aligned to the Arizona Academic and Technology Standards



     TIP: Make sure the following points are clearly addressed in your narrative:
       1. Is the project meaningful and worth your time to undertake to increase student
achievement?
       Possible ideas to incorporate into your project related to student-centered use.
           a. project based learning?
           b. student creativity?
           c. self-directed learning?
           d. higher order thinking skills?
           e. inquiry and problem solving?




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             Qwest/AzTEA Classroom Technology Integration
            Competitive Mini-Grant Application – Narrative Page

                              Budget Narrative


 TIP: Things to consider while writing your narrative related to your expenditures:

1. Relate each expenditure (in-kind included) back to the project goals and clearly provide a
   rationale.
2. Make sure expenditure costs are realistic.
3. Do your research; find out how much the technology costs.
4. Shop around and find fair prices (Watch out for companies who charge too much for
   installation and shipping)
5. Include any in-kind services/materials/equipment from your school/district. (e.g. teacher
   time, equipment already in room, jump drives, CDs, professional development)
6. Include only necessary items to implement the project. (don’t include paying teacher
   stipends (including yourself), travel costs, and replacement items for years to come)




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                     Qwest/AzTEA Classroom Technology Integration
                          Competitive Mini-Grant Application

                                   Proposed Budget

       Expenditure Description*              Amount            In-Kind (not         Total
                                            Requested            required)




Total Amount Requested:                                   $
Total Amount In-Kind (not required)                       $
Total Project Cost                                        $
*Expenditure Description: Include name of item to purchased, number of items and price
per item e.g. Field trip buses, 2 @ $100 ea.
 **Add rows and edit categories in left column as needed.

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                         Appendix A
Qwest/AzTEA Classroom Technology Integration Competitive Mini-
          Grant Application Proposal Scoring Rubric
                                                     0                               1                                2
1.   Prepare a one-page narrative          The project goals for          The project goals for        The project goals for students      T
     description of your project            students and teacher are        students and teacher          and teacher are somewhat             a
     goals. Indicate clearly the            not clearly stated and/or       are clearly stated but        clearly stated and related to        s
     learning and skill development         are not related to              not related to project        the project activities.              p
     that will occur for both the           project activities.             activities.
     students and the teacher as a
     result of their participation in
     the project.
2.   Prepare a narrative description       The proposal does not          The proposal provides        The proposal provides some          T
     of how you will use technology         address how the teacher         minimal details               details describing how the           d
     with students in innovative            will use technology             regarding how the             teacher will use technology          u
     ways, as aligned to the Arizona        with students in                teacher will use              with students in innovative          i
     Technology Standards.                  innovative ways, as             technology with               ways, as aligned to the AZ           a
                                            aligned to the AZ               students in innovative        Technology Standards                 T
                                            Technology Standards.           ways, as aligned to the
                                                                            AZ Technology
                                                                            Standards
3.   Prepare a narrative description       The proposal does not          The proposal provides        The proposal provides               T
     of how your student-centered           provide a narrative             minimal details in a          sufficient details in a              d
     use of technology will impact          description outlining           narrative description         narrative description                o
     student performance, as                student-centered use of         outlining student-            outlining student-centered           u
     aligned to the Arizona                 technology that will            centered use of               use of technology that will          i
     Academic and Technology                impact student                  technology that will          impact student performance,          a
     Standards.                             performance, as aligned         impact student                as aligned to the Arizona            A
                                            to the Arizona                  performance, as               Academic and Technology              S
                                            Academic and                    aligned to the AZ             Standards.
                                            Technology Standards.           Academic and
                                                                            Technology
                                                                            Standards..
4.   Prepare a budget narrative of         The budget narrative           The budget narrative         The budget narrative provides       T
     what you are proposing to              does not provide                provides a minimal            an adequate description of           d
     purchase and how this                  description of what you         description of what           what you are proposing to            y
     purchase will enhance your             are proposing to                you are proposing to          purchase and how this                p
     work with students, and                purchase and how this           purchase and how this         purchase will enhance your           p
     correlate to proposed                  purchase will enhance           purchase will enhance         work with students.                  w
     Expenditure Plan.                      your work with                  your work with
                                            students.                       students.
                                         Arizona Technology in Education Alliance

                                         Membership Application

Dues: Employees of Educational and non-profit organizations - $35. Membership valid for 12
months from date of receipt.

Please fill out the information below and mail this form with $35 to:

AzTEA
1739 E. Broadway, Suite 101, PMB 292
Tempe, AZ 85282

For profit organizations: Please see “Corporate Partnership Opportunities”
beginning at $300

Chapter Affiliation:           Eastside Chapter                    Northern Chapter
                               Southern Chapter                    Westside Chapter

Special Interest Group Affiliation:                  CTO (Chief Technology Officer) SIG

Application Type:              New           Renewal       Change of Information

Name:
School/Organization:
District Name:
Title/Position:
Work Address:
City:                                           State:             Zip:
Work Phone:                    Mobil Phone:                       Fax:
School/Organization Email:
School/Organization Website:
Release my business address to vendors:     Yes     No
Home Address:
City:                                           State:              Zip:
Home Phone:                              Home Fax:
Personal Email:
Use home address for all correspondence:    Yes     No
Application Date:

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