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Grant Opportunity

Each year MSET offers grants to educators who are MSET members. We are seeking grantees who are focusing on personalized learning in their innovative work with technology and we will be offering up to $2,000 per grant

Grant recipients will be asked to present a poster session at CG20, and to create a Weebly webpage, for the MSET website, based on the topic of their grant proposal in an effort to share big ideas with other educators so that they can replicate the concept in their schools/classrooms.  Once approved for the grant, winners will receive guidance on creating the page. 

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Guidelines for 2019-2020

MSET offers Maryland educators an opportunity to apply for grants to encourage personalized learning through the effective use of technology in teaching, leading, and learning. Grants not to exceed $2,000 will be awarded through a competitive grant process. Grant funding must be used to promote innovative uses of instructional technology and address digital learning skills to improve student achievement.

Who is eligible to participate in the MSET grant award program?

  • For 2019-2020 Grants only, All MSET members are eligible to apply for a grant if their membership is active on January 10, 2020.  To join MSET for FREE, please go to this page.
  • Only one grant application will be accepted per school.

What are the criteria for the grant application?

  1. States the title of the proposal. The title should relate to the proposal.
  2. Includes a clear and brief description of the grant proposal. (Maximum of 75 words. This description will be published if the grant proposal is selected for an award.)
  3. Clearly states the goals and objectives of the proposal.  
  4. Includes a table of the item(s) being requested including the product name, model numbers, quantity, and the cost of the item(s). Lists specific apps if appropriate. If the total cost exceeds the amount requested, indicates how additional funding will be obtained.
  5. Clearly describes how the proposed grant project will be assessed in both content and technology literacy and include a sample assessment.
  6. Clearly indicates which Maryland College and Career Ready Standards will be addressed by the implementation of this program. If using other content standards, please indicate.
  7. Clearly indicates which Maryland Teacher Technology Standards(s) will be addressed.
  8. Clearly indicates which Maryland Technology Literacy Standard(s) for Students will be addressed.
  9. Includes a realistic timeline that outlines the implementation plan of the proposal and includes the following: Activity, Person Responsible, Start Date, Completion Date, and Evidence of Successful Completion.
  10. Clearly describes how implementation of the proposed program will improve student achievement, address an instructional need in a new and creative way, and promote 21st Century Learning.
  11. Includes a brief statement of the qualifications of the applicant(s) administering the program.
      • Grant recipients must present a summary of the grant implementation at a Promising Practices Poster Session at the 2020 Common Ground Conference at the Ocean City Convention Center on April 30 or May 1, 2020 (specific date and time to be determined in the spring).
      • Grant recipients must also submit verification of expenses to the MSET Grant Chair by May 15, 2020.

How may grant funds by used?

      • Grant funds may be used for software, apps, hardware, or peripherals needed to complete the program.
      • Grant funds may not be used for salaries, curriculum development, student prizes, scholarships, conference attendance, field trips, consumables, or the technology infrastructure of a school.
How will grants be awarded?
      • Members of the MSET Grant Committee will evaluate all grant proposals using the scoring scale which is available below along with the grant application.  
Scoring Scale 
      • 1 point - Grant proposal does not meet all expectations outlined in Guidelines or is missing vital information.  Application may not fully support vision of MSET 
      • up to 6 points - Grant proposal meets all expectations outlined in Guidelines.  All applicable information is included and proposal supports the vision of MSET and demonstrates curriculum connections. 
      • up to 10 points - Grant proposal meets/exceeds all expectations outlined in Guidelines. All applicable information is included and proposal demonstrates innovation and creativity while demonstrating clear and explicit curriculum connections.  Grant proposal clearly has been designed to offer opportunities to personalize learning for students.

Timeline for


January 10, 2020

  • Grant applications are due (see Grant Application and Scoring Scale).

February 21, 2020 (revised)     

  • Applicants notified of status of grant application.

April 30-May 1, 2020

  • Present at the Common Ground Conference.

May 15, 2020

  • Submit verification of expenses and a summary of grant implementation to the MSET Grant Chairperson. 

2019-2020 Grant Winners!

Cate Snyder & Marcus Zumual

Mary Moss at J. Albert Adams Academy

The Science of Music

Everyone can make music but there are few people who understand the science of how music is actually created. Our students already create their own music and podcasts, but it is time to take it a step further as students actually build the devices that allow music to be captured and manipulated. Learning to build synthesizers allows students to learn their own music.

Charlene Saint-Jene & Shari Bhlom

Cherokee Lanes Elementary

Digital Literacy and Citizenship

Digital Literacy and Citizenship is an opportunity to equip students with the knowledge of how to located and vet information online. Navigating the Internet in a responsible manner as consumers and active participants is paramount to students leaving college and career ready. Adding access to Chromebooks allows 500 students in grades K-6 to being the process of learning how to become digital citizens through the media center

2018-2019 Grant Winners!

Marianne Barno

Dayton Oaks Elementary

Wand-erful Coding+Reading = Magic 
Coding will never looked the same at Dayton Oaks Elementary as students collaborate, construct, and code using wands that can "cast" spells featured in the Harry Potter books, in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the popular novel series. Developing problem solving and communication skills, students are persevering and making connections between technology and literature. 

Shari Stone

Brunswick Elementary

Blended Learning in the Primary Classroom
Students at Brunswick Elementary School are taking ownership of their learning by increasing reading accuracy and comprehension as well as their mathematical problem solving skills using blended learning opportunities. Utilizing iPads with pre-selected apps, these tools are being used in a rotation model where students are working on a skill aligned to an academic standard included in a playlist allowing student choice.

Faye Williams

Pocomoke Elementary

21st Century Learning: Virtual Discoveries Inspire "Young Engineers"Fueled with individual creativity, students are engaging with mobile STEM applications designed to launch potential careers for Young Engineers of the future. Our Young Engineer STEM program offers grade level activities that are designed to support student mastery of grade level Next Generation Science Standards, College and Career Ready Math and Literacy Standards and Maryland Student Technology Standards.

2017-2018 Grant Winners!

Kirsten Willging

Howard County Public Schools

From Darkroom to Makerspace: Creating an Innovation and Design Lab
The goal is to redesign an old darkroom into a student MakerSpace to develop skills involved in Design Thinking from discovery to ideation to execution. The space will be utilized in three ways: for students to design and create in a safe and creative and supervised environment, as home for a new STEAM Seminar focused on problem solving and design challenges, and to provide active engagement and experience tied directly to the curriculum.

Lizanne Wallace

The Salisbury School

Mobile Maker Space Carts
Most schools have a designated area or classroom that can be used as the Makerspace area. The architecture and location of the library at The Salisbury School does not allow for that configuration. This grant will allow us to equip mobile carts with different activities and supplies that will support STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education and can be checked out and used in the classroom.

2016-2017 Grant Winners!

Dr. Brian Cook

Worcester County Public Schools

Transmitting to the World
Scholars at Pocomoke Middle School will use a green screen studio to broadcast and record student artifacts which demonstrate mastery of reading standards. Students will design, collaborate, and develop broadcast videos to use in student portfolios. Grounded in 21st Century Learning Standards, scholars are exposed to authentic problem solving opportunities and utilize different iPad apps to meet the needs of their projects.

James Funkhouser

Washington County Public Schools

Taking Students Beyond Virtual Reality
Provide students with virtual field trips to colleges and career sites to experience these places in redefining ways. Without ever having to leave the building, we can bring students to places out of reach and expand their vision and goals linking directly back to personalizing their learning plan. Building a library of digital information that is experiential will increase student’s passion for learning.

Kimberly WIlliams

Frederick County Public Schools

PLC for Pyramid Students
The Pyramid Program is a specialized special education program which provides a small classroom setting and therapy to students with emotional disabilities. Technology-rich and personalized lessons motivate these learners to participate and be an active part of their learning. Chromebooks would give the classroom community the opportunity to explore individual strengths and interest. Teachers would then set up projects that personally align with students’ interest and with academic standards. by using a variety of websites.

2015-2016 Grant Winners!

Carrie Trudden &

Julie Wray

Howard County Public Schools

Discovery and Design: Collaboratively Transforming a Learning Space
A Design Team of central office staff, classroom teacher(s), and students will collaboratively re-imagine a traditional Middle School Mathematics classroom in order to provide a learner-centric environment that promotes collaboration, personalized learning, creativity, and flexibility. Stakeholders will work together to observe, conduct focus discussions, analyze data, design a classroom, and then remodel the space. The classroom teacher will be able to maximize the physical space and increase personalized learning to transform teaching and learning.

Kathy Benson

Baltimore County Public Schools

Empowering Inventive Thinking Through 3-D Printing
Students use a 3-D printer, 3-D scanner, and 3-D touch stylus to address science and engineering challenges. They design working prototypes for their solutions using Tinkercad, a free 3-D computer-aided design (CAD) software program. Then, they “print” their working plastic prototypes on a Cube 3-D printer. Since the models can be printed within a relatively short time frame, students can rapidly test their solutions and iteratively refine them as needed.

Brian McCormack &

Jessica McGivern

Harford County Public Schools

Raspberry Pi 2 to Develop Maker Skills
Provide students with hands experiences with digital technology with basic hardware Give the students the tools and opportunity to be makers of technology rather that consumers Allow students to write computer code that they can see working on a local machine to accomplish a task. Create project that demonstrate the application of IoT technology Foster collaboration between students working together to complete projects on the Raspberry Pi.

Dawn Getzandanner & 

Regina Farnsworth

Frederick County Public Schools

Integrated ELA and Technology
Green Screen Telecasting

Students at Spring Ridge Elementary will use Green Screen Technology to broadcast live morning announcements, Students will also have the opportunity to do remote broadcasts as reporters in the field. As they create the broadcasts they will be utilizing 21st century learning skills and applying common core standards. Collaboration and communication will be critical to this project as well as information media and technology literacy.

2014-2015 Grant Winners!

Cate Krage

Holly Cross Elementary School

Digital Cloud Nine
Holy Cross School's Digital Cloud Nine program allows students with executive function issues to achieve independence in organizing and prioritizing schoolwork.Students will use individualized tablets, Google Apps forEducation, JupiterGrades and an EverNote Pro subscription to organize their time, notes and assignments. Faculty and guardians will be able to check on progress without disturbing the student or removing paperwork/documents from the student’s control.

Mischelle Colella & Jackie Rebok

Washington County Public Schools

Google: Passport to Student Growth
Learn how to use Google to guide world language learners as they develop, collaborate on, maintain and share online portfolios using Google Drive and GoogleSites. Students and teachers will be able to document and evaluate proficiency in the communicative language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking using the power of Google.

Brandon D. Hoch

Charles County  Public Schools

iPads, Stop Motion and Wire Free
This session will focus on how to implement the use of technology for a classroom to create a thirty second stop animation. Through the use of this technology, students will be able to provide a greater and seamless sharing of ideas and products enabled through the use of wireless printed and projection capability from a tablet. This will increase and, most importantly, sustain student motivation within the classroom. The seamless movement between individual, group, and presentation modes in a wireless environment enables teacher and student opportunity to create timely sharing in a manner that does not convey predictability.

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