Grant: Google Expeditions

Get Googley Eyed! I wrote 6 grants in 2016, and I will be sharing each grant with you in entirety. Please peruse the grant below and feel free to adapt any information that you may find useful.

Get Googley Eyed!

Brief Project Summary 
Google Cardboard works with a smartphone and special apps to deliver stereoscopic (360) virtual reality experiences. Simply drop a phone into a viewer, activate an app, and hold the device up to your face. Peering through, users are suddenly immersed in an environment.

Although nothing replaces hopping on the bus for a field trip, there are just some places that are out of reach. Virtual reality gives teachers a tool to take students places a school bus cannot. Google  Cardboard  brings  immersive experiences  to  everyone  in a simple  and  exhilarating way.

Purpose (statement of what grant project will do and accomplish) 

Anywhere in the world can be visited using VR technology and Google Cardboard. Teachers will use these products in the classroom to take students to places they have never seen and most likely will never visit.

SMART Objective (list the goals you intend to accomplish with this project and how you will measure these objectives to determine the impact of the project)

Google Cardboard  headsets will be made available in Fall 2016 for use in social studies classrooms  to support the curriculum in helping students analyze how things change over time. Compare and contrast skills make up 60% of the Grade 11 Social Studies STAAR test, and Grades 9 and 10 support compare and contrast skills through vertical  alignment.

Students achieving Advanced Academic Performance on the Grade 11 Social Studies STAAR test are able to:

  • evaluate historical perspectives on major events and  issues
  • apply content knowledge in multiple contexts to make historical connections and evaluate change over time
  • evaluate historical justifications and interpretations through the examination of multiple and varied sources to compare and contrast

At the completion of Google Cardboard activities, students will use their compare and contrast reflections to evaluate historical perspectives, make historical connections, and evaluate historical justifications  and interpretations.

Project Description (specifically, how will your project improve, advance or enrich student learning? How does this project support the district’s mission and/or your campus plan? Include research as support for why you want to implement this project. Be sure to include strategies to achieve the goals and objectives listed and research to support why you choose to use this plan of action over another).

Google Cardboard is an emerging technology that has the potential to change the game when it comes to student engagement. They can read about something, look at photos, watch videos, and if they are lucky … take a field trip. But with Google Cardboard, they can immerse themselves in it – without ever leaving their desk. It’s immersive experiences help students to gain a new perspective on new places, rituals, cultures, and ideas.

The vision for the district’s Mobile Learning Initiative is the integration of technology-based activities into existing curriculum to Increase student engagement and student academic performance. The Educational Technology Specialist and Curriculum & Instruction Specialist will meet with social studies teachers to collaborate about upcoming lessons using the headsets.

State Board of Education

OBJECTIVE 9: Technology will be implemented and used to increase the effectiveness of student learning, instructional management, staff development, and administration.

District Performance Goals Set by the Board of Trustees

GOAL 1: PISD will make academic achievement and student performance its priority.

Campus Improvement Plan

GOAL 6: Expand the use of technology.

OBJECTIVE 1: Enhance the understanding and use of technology.

STRATEGY 4: Increase technology hardware and software needs for state-required technology application courses and to reflect industry standards.

STRATEGY 6: Provide instructional technology support to the teachers.

STRATEGY 8: Use BYOD to engage both students and teacher in process of using instructional technology in classroom.

Project Evaluation (explain how you will measure the success of this project. How do you plan to share the results with your campus, district and Education Foundation?)

Success will be measured by the completion of the virtual expeditions  in the  classroom.

Upon request, the Google Cardboard headsets will be showcased at faculty meetings, department chair/team meetings, and Principal/AP meetings.

The district’s Education Foundation members will be invited to attend a live demonstration in a teacher’s classroom when the Google Cardboard headsets are being used. The district’s Innovation Committee, Board Members, and Superintendent are all invited to  attend.

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