• QAD Teachnet Technology Grant Winners

    QAD Logo The QAD TeachNet Technology Grant Program, generously funded by QAD Inc., aims to improve student learning and achievement by addressing the technical, practical, and pedagogical issues surrounding integration of technology in classroom instruction.


    2020-2021 Innovator Grant Winners:

    Innovator

    Nicole Brady-Ontiveros School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    "Human Body Systems: Structure and Function"

    Description:"Human Body Systems: Structure and Function" will enhance and supplement the school districts life science program. Students will learn about the human body subsystems structure, function and how they interact with one another.

    Jeanet Herrera-Jimenez Elementary School, Santa Maria Bonita School District
    Interactive Way to Add Fractions!

    Description: Through use of technology the students will learn to practice vocabulary, communicate with their peers, compare and contrast: as well share observations about fractions and common demoninators.

    Alicia Sage-El Camino Junior High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    Student Choice and Research: Social Justice Project-Based Learning Over Distance

    Description:This project has multiple parts: three writing sections (informative, argumentative, and narrative), a visual aid section and a presentation. This allows the students to practice genre, while also practicing finding and citing sources, as well as creating visual media to supplement a presentation.


    2020-2021 Ready-Set-Tech Grant Winners:

    Ready-Set-Tech

    Sirius McGregor-Olga Reed School, Santa Barbara County Education Office
    Group Lesson Attendance/Cat in the Hat Project

    Description: The object of this lesson is to engage students in a group activity where they participate and interact with peers, parents, and staff. The lesson will incorporate distance and in-person learning to take attendance ("Who came to school today?") and the construction of a paper hat based on the Cat in the Hat story. The lesson incorporates technology to allow students and families to participate in the activity while being delivered simultaneously in the classroom with students.

    Vicki Murray-Los Berros School, Lompoc Unified School District
    1st-3rd JamBoard-Interactive Elkonin Boxes

    Description: Students use Zoom to participate on Jamboard- Elkonin Box The programs assists students with manipulating letters and phonic patterns to make words. The students hold up their fingers showing how many sounds they have heard, they use the Elkonin box frame to construct the words.


    2019-2020 Innovator Grant Winners:

    Innovator

    Therese Brady-Tommie Kunst Junior High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    Who Am I?

    Description: In this culminating project, students create an 8-slide presentation that gives clues such as where and when a famous person lived, their goals and what they were famous for without revealing the name of the famous person until the last slide. The presentation serves as a review of famous people that have been studied in the history curriculum wrapped up in a fun, game-like presentation called Who Am I?

    Innovator

    Anita Guizar-Diaz- Jimenez Elementary School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    Reading, Speaking, and Writing about Early European Explorers with a Little Help from Technology!

    Description: With the help of technology, this project connects language to content, so that language instruction is not disconnected from what happens during social studies instruction in the homeroom classroom. In the following lessons, students will be reading, listening, speaking, and writing about the early European explorer, Christopher Columbus.

    Innovator

    Jeanet Herrera- Jimenez Elementary School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    Students CAN be Authors too: Early European Explorers & Book Creator

    Description: Through these lessons, students will work in collaborative groups to learn about an early European Explorer. Students will share what they have learned by creating an informational book with Book Creator. 

    Innovator

    Alicia Sage- Fesler Junior High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    NaNoWriMo and Me: Marketing and Publishing a Self-Written Novel

    Description: For the past two years, my students have been participating in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November by writing a novel with a story they create, while also completing a novel study as a model for their own work. This year, to make the project more engaging, students created a marketing package for their novel, as well as created a publishing house to decide what marketing packages were the best.


    2019-2020 Ready-Set-Tech Grant Winners:

    Ready-Set-Tech

    Nicole Brady- Ontiveros School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    Athens vs Sparta!

    Description: In ancient Greek times, would you rather have been an Athenian or a Spartan? Athens vs. Sparta! invites students to think about and answer this question by creating a poster to advertise either Athens or Sparta’s strengths by closely examining elements of civilization to convince an audience to live there.

    Ready-Set-Tech

    Jason Naczek- Santa Ynez Valley Charter School, College School District
    Literary Device Power Point Presentation

    Description: The Literary Device Power Point Presentation is a fun, flipped classroom mini-project where students teach each other about various literary devices.  Students use two teacher-selected, reliable websites to gain an understanding of and create a Google Slide Power Point Presentation about selected literary devices.

    Ready-Set-Tech

    Anna Silva- Goleta Valley Junior High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    Here's Journey Podcasts

    Description: Students read a variety of “hero’s journey” books in groups (as book clubs). After reading the book and meeting several times to discuss it, they create podcasts in which they review the book and explain whether or not it meets the criteria of a hero’s journey as established by Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces.

    Ready-Set-Tech

    Tracy Womack- La Colina Junior High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    Andy's Coming!

    Description: The beginning coding/robotics class is designed to be the first coding/robotics class a student will take. The robotics portion of the class is designed to put robots into the hands of students who have not had the opportunity to use them. It is intentionally created to offer equity to students who may not have had the chance to explore robotics previously


    2018-2019 Adapter Winner: 

    Adapter

    Melanie Honeycutt- Cabrillo High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Childhood Play Space Memory Writing

    Description: Students rewind back in time, select a childhood play space, and create a narrative writing piece utilizing assistive technology. In the end, students demonstrate proficiency in utilizing technology and writing a narrative piece.


    2018-2019 Innovator Winners: 

    Innovator

    Kristin Martinez-Pettit- Santa Barbara Junior High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    The Middle East and Islam
    Description: Students will explore an introduction to Islam and will collaborate with a small group to create an informational eBook. After conversing with a buddy student in Erbil, Iraq, students will reflect on the experience through various activities in a digital learning menu.

    Innovator

    Desiree Partlow- Santa Barbara Junior High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    Building Vertical Relationships Through Student Mentorship Via Technology

    Description: This lesson will build and foster mentoring relationships between the high school and junior high AVID program via technology using a shared Google Slide Deck, FlipGrid, and BaiBoard 3.

    Innovator

    Graciela Romero- Solvang School, Solvang School District
    Endangered Animal Film Festival

    Description: This lesson will shed light upon the issue of endangered animals all over the world, fifth grade students will use technology to research and create documentary videos which will be presented at a public film festival.

    Innovator

    Alicia Sage- Fesler Junior High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    Podcasts for Social Justice: Using Podcasts to Build Listening and Communication Skills in ELD Students

    Description: Students will create podcasts about their family histories and an issue in their community, that they would like to fix or bring to awareness too. With these podcasts, they will also build listening and communication skills in order to present clear spoken stories with in-depth interviews and research.


    2018-2019 Ready-Set-Tech Winners: 

    Ready-Set-Tech

    Nicole Brady- Ontiveros Elementary School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    Famous Ancient Greeks!

    Description: The students will learn about the importance of ancient Greeks and how they had a profound and enduring influence on our world.

    Ready-Set-Tech

    Sarah LaCasse- Santa Barbara Junior High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    Phonics and HP Reveal

    Description: Students will receive three syllable words and correctly separate the syllables. Then students will use the app, HP Reveal to create a short video of the syllabication of the word.

    Ready-Set-Tech

    Kevin Lebsack- Cuyama Valley High School, Cuyama Joint Unified School District
    Ocean Acidification

    Description: Students will prove that Carbon Dioxide gas lowers the pH of seawater. Students will then present their findings.


    2017-2018 Innovator Winners:

    Innovator

    Sarah Barthel- Lompoc High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    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.

    Innovator

    Michelle Poquette- Cabrillo High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Caribou on the Edge

    Description: 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.


    2017-2018 Ready-Set-Tech Winners:

    Ready-Set-Tech

    Greg Blessing- Santa Ynez Elementary School, College School District
    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).

    Ready-Set-Tech

    Jeanet Herrera- Jimenez Elementary School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    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.

    Ready-Set-Tech

    Alyssa Prieto- Lompoc High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    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.

    Ready-Set-Tech

    Kiana Verhoeven- San Marcos High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    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.

    Ready-Set-Tech

    Annelise Wechsler- Franklin Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    Adaptation Unit - Lesson 3  Student Internet Research

    Description: Using online resources, students will expand their knowledge of how to effectively research a topic and take relevant notes.

    Ready-Set-Tech
    Tracy Womack
    - La Colina Junior High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    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.


    2016-2017 Innovators Winners: 

    Innovator

    Bree Jansen- Lompoc High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    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.

    Innovator

    Santina Olney and Lara Willbanks- San Marcos High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    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.

    Innovator

    Kathleen Velazquez- Hope School, Hope School District
    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!


    2016-2017 Ready-Set-Tech Winners:  

    Ready-Set-Tech

    Douglas Silva- Santa Maria High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
    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.

    Ready-Set-Tech

    Melanie Jacobson- San Marcos High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    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.

    Ready-Set-Tech

    Carolyn Molina- Oakley School , Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    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.