Mini-Grant Application for School Year 2019-2020

Submitted by: Kali Davis Email: daviskali@pcsb.org Grade Level: K-5 Subject: ELA, Science
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School: Ridgecrest Elementary Type: Public Grade Levels:K-5 County:Pinellas

Approx. Enrollment: 710 Number of teachers:38

School Address:

1901 119th Street South
Largo, Florida 33778

Phone: 727-588-3580 Principal:Vickie Graham Email: grahamv@pcsb.org

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Project Title: Oculus Goggles - Bringing Learning to Life
Project Dates: ASAP-on-going Grade Levels:

Focus Area(s) :Technology- Real World Application- Kinestetic - Experience

Abstract:
Oculus Go Virtual Reality googles will add an element of real-life experience that isn't possible any other way. This piece of technology is students' ticket to experience curriculum, not just learn about it from a text book. For example, in our ELA reading curriculum, 5th graders study the Holocaust and Anne Frank while reading Number the Stars. With the Oculus googles, I will be able to guide teachers in taking all 160 5th graders back in time to Anne Frank's house before the Nazi's invaded and changed her life forever.

Proposal:

How is your project innovative?   (25 points)
Technology is a buzz word in education, but some teachers are still only using Smartboards and laptops. Oculus Go goggles will truly be an innovative way to not only bring technology into the classroom, but take students OUT of the classroom to experience their curriculum. Being an active participant in learning and actually getting to explore will increase engagement and thus increase achievement. My students are excited about the opportunity to use high-end virtual reality goggles in more ways than just watching a 3-D designed sky diving app by putting their phone in front of lenses. They need the experience of visiting habitats that they would otherwise never see, for instance underwater coral reefs, the African safari, or even snow banks!

How will it fit into your curriculum (include standards)? (10 points)
As mentioned above, there are some specific places that I plan to use the Oculus Go goggles. In 5th grade, National Geographic has software that will take these 160 5th graders into Anne Franks house and experience as a child during an awful time in history. (SS.5.A.1.1, SS.5.A.1.2, LAFS.5.RI/RL.1.3, LAFS.5.RI.2.5, LAFS.5.RI.2.6, LAFS.5.RI.3.7, LAFS.5.RI/RL.4.10) In every grade level K-5, students study different aspects of the solar system. (Standards include all of the Earth Science standards that belong to the Earth in Space and Time category.) There are pages and pages of VR content on the Oculus Go website that relate to education: https://www.oculus.com/experiences/go/section/161391067688077. The options are endless as are the connections to standards and my students are eager to have these experiences.

How will it encourage long-lasting change in your classroom, school or community? (20 points)
By getting a class set of Oculus Go googles, teachers will be able to collaborate with me as the instructional coach to plan engaging lessons for students as well as collaborate with their peers to enhance instruction. Within the school community this collaboration will increase engagement, achievement, and morale. But the community surrounding Ridgecrest Elementary consists of government housing and generational poverty. Many students don't have the opportunity to have even the most common of experiences like going to the beach (we are located 4 miles from the beach). By opening these doors for students and giving them real life experiences to add to their background knowledge will increase processing and retrieving of information. By increasing student achievement, we are helping students to break the cycle of generational poverty and to understand what opportunities are out there for them. When students can connect learning to real life, there is purpose behind what we do inside the four walls of the classroom.

How will technology be utilized?  (20 points)
The Oculus Go goggles from Facebook Education and the many partner companies that release the software/apps will be used in the classroom across all classrooms and grades.

What evidence will you collect to show student gain?   (10 points)
Student work will be collected throughout the year to show the increase level of work that students are able to produce when they are able to process and retrieve information more easily. Ridgecrest is also focused on increasing our 5th Grade Science scores. In order to do this, we need all grade levels increasing their science teaching. With the endless connections and apps to science that Oculus Go present, we will be able to hopefully make science more meaningful and tangible for students. We just completed the 5th Grade diagnostic test and will be able to compare that to the end of the year Science MAP test as well as NGSSS test scores in May.

How will participants share your project results with the community?  (15 points)
Students will be able to invite parents to school to experience the Oculus Go goggles at events like the Science Fair in Jan, STEM night, and other family events. We will also share pictures through our newsletters and other modes of communication.


Budget:

Service/ Item Description Cost
10 Oculus Go Goggles (64GB) ($249 each) 2490.00
Apps (various apps that teachers select to align to their science units) ($100/grade level) 510.00
Total Cost of Project 3000.00
Total Requested from TERRA 3000.00
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I, Kali Davis, certify that the application is complete and final, AND I verify that I have received permission to apply for these funds from Vickie Graham,the Principal of Ridgecrest Elementary and any other individuals required by my school district.

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