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The Beacon is Offering Technology Grants to Teachers

Teachers, share your tech-focused lesson plan and be eligible to win up to $1,000 for your classroom!  The Beacon, a technology blog, is giving teachers the chance to earn up to $1,000 for purchasing classroom supplies or technology for their classroom.  In order for teachers to be eligible to win, please submit a tech-focused lesson plan no later than 11:59 PM ET on December 9, 2017 and follow all the guidelines.

View the Technology Teacher Grant guidelines at the following web address: https://fios.verizon.com/beacon/technology-teacher-grant/​

They are looking for lesson plans that…

  • Teach students why technology is important (and how to use it) in your subject
  • Include a detailed description of lessons, handouts, homework assignments, etc., plus a list of required resources
  • Encourage participation and engagement with in-class demonstrations, hands-on learning opportunities, etc.
  • Are designed for students between kindergarten and eighth grade levels
  • Specify benchmarks for measuring students’ comprehension of major concepts
  • Are solely your work, without the use of prepared educational materials available elsewhere

How to win

They will chose the winning lesson plans based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity | Does your lesson plan creatively combine lecture, classroom activities, multimedia, and out-of-class projects to teach students about tech?
  • Completion | Does your lesson plan include complete descriptions of lessons, goals, assignments, and resources required? Would another teacher be able to teach by your lesson plan?
  • Feasibility | Will you be able to reasonably implement your lesson plan for the upcoming semester?
  • Participation opportunities | Will your lesson keep students engaged? In-class demonstrations, hands-on learning, projects, field trips, and more are all fair game and encouraged!
  • Age appropriateness | Is your lesson plan tailored to a grade level between kindergarten and eighth grade?
  • Originality | Is this lesson plan your own work?

Grant amounts and winners

They will choose six great lesson plans that follow all submission guidelines and meet or exceed the judging criteria mentioned above. Grant amounts, to be awarded in the form of Visa gift card, are as follows:

  • 1st & 2nd place: $1,000 each
  • 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th place: $500 each

Winners will be announced (and winning lesson plans will be featured!) on The Beacon.