Understand How Network Monitoring Works to Conserve Resources

Dr. Joel Snyder, a senior IT consultant with more than 30 years of practice, outlines how network monitoring can conserve resources in this article from EdTech Focus on K–12.

Read here as Snyder shares

  • need-to-know facts and fallacies to make the most of a network monitoring system;
  • how improper configuration of network monitoring tools can overwhelm email, stress firewalls, and stymie sophisticated checks; and
  • the value of network monitoring tools as central alerting engines for multiple members of an organization.
Most Poplular Funding Opportunities for March 2021

Most Popular Funding Opportunities Last Month

In the previous month, educators were looking for funding opportunities in the areas of learning disability innovation, STEM, and community investment. Check out which grants GetEdFunding educators viewed the most in the month of October.

Education Grants, The J.W. Couch Foundation

The J.W. Couch Foundation awards Education Grants as part of the foundation’s mission to “plan for the future.” Funding priorities address three primary areas: early childhood education, twenty-first century education, and teachers.

Deadline: December 10, 2021.

Team America Rocketry Challenge

The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) strives to inspire the next generation of engineers and technicians to join the aerospace industry. The challenge is an extracurricular, hands-on, project-based learning program incorporating aerospace-specific science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). 

Deadline: Applications are due December 1, 2021.

Education Grants, Fluor Foundation

Fluor Foundation makes grants that support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in communities where the company operates. Priority is given to programs that inspire and prepare students to excel in STEM and are committed to developing the next generation workforce, improving teacher effectiveness with emphasis on STEM student proficiency and persistence, and cultivating leadership skills in youth.

Letters of Inquiry are accepted year-round.

Academic Enrichment Grants

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants designed to develop classroom and extracurricular programs that improve student learning. The foundation considers proposals that foster understanding, deepen students’ knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them.

Deadline: Online applications are accepted January 15 through April 15, annually.

Education Grants, MAXIMUS Charitable Foundation

The goal of the MAXIMUS Charitable Foundation is to award grants to organizations and charities that help disadvantaged individuals and underserved communities. The foundation’s funding priorities are youth and child development, community development, and health care.

Deadline: Applications are due January 31, annually.



Bring STEM to students with mobile technology.

Bringing STEM to Students with Mobile Technology

Learn how mobile labs boost curiosity and STEM literacy in Rebecca Torchia’s article featured in EdTech Focus on K–12. From robotics to 3D printing and augmented reality, this article explores an array of mobile lab technologies and how they function.

Read here as Torchia shares how mobile labs

  • bring STEM activities to students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to engage in meaningful lessons;
  • incorporate early technology introductions to spark excitement in learners; and
  • create curiosity and revigorated interest in STEM careers.
Most Poplular Funding Opportunities for March 2021

Most Popular Funding Opportunities Last Month

In the previous month, educators were looking for funding opportunities in the areas of learning disability innovation, STEM, and community investment. Check out which grants GetEdFunding educators viewed the most in the month of September.

Learning Disabilities Innovation Hubs 

Sponsored by United States Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, and Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

The National Institutes of Health support the development of Learning Disabilities Innovation Hubs to address the etiology, manifestation, prevention, and remediation of specific learning disorders in children and adolescents impacting reading, writing, and mathematics. Suggested areas of focus are outlined in the program solicitation.

Deadline: Optional Letters of Intent are due 30 days prior to the application receipt date. Applications are due November 30, 2021.

Education Grants, Fluor Foundation

Sponsored by Google

Fluor Foundation makes grants that support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in communities where the company operates. Priority is given to programs that inspire and prepare students to excel in STEM and are committed to developing the next generation workforce, improving teacher effectiveness with emphasis on STEM student proficiency and persistence, and cultivating leadership skills in youth.

Letters of Inquiry are accepted year-round.

SCA Grants

Sponsored by Sony Corporation of America

Sony Corporation of American and its operating companies offer funding to programs that support education and creative, artistic, technical, and scientific skills that are necessary for tomorrow’s workforce. 

Requests are accepted year-round.

Middle School Music Grants

Sponsored by Peter R. Marsh Foundation

The Peter R. Marsh Foundation awards Middle School Music Grants to support programs that develop students’ social and emotional intelligence through community service centered on music. Grants provide funds for enhancing middle school music education programs and require grant recipients to plan and present a minimum of three musical performances for senior audiences in their local community.

Deadline: Applications are accepted from September 1 through January 31, annually.

Literacy Grants

Sponsored by Nora Roberts Foundation

The Nora Roberts Foundation makes grants in the areas of literacy, children’s programs, arts, and humanitarian efforts. Literacy Grants are intended to empower people through literacy. Recent grants were used to fund literacy groups, theatre and arts education, new library projects, and humane education programs.

Deadline: Applications are due March 1, June 1, October 1, and December 1, annually.



Ed Tech Access and Competency Make Virtual Learning Options Equitable

In this article from EdTech Focus on K–12, Jason Trinh, an award-winning educator from Toronto, writes how giving students the opportunity to learn online is not enough—he challenges schools to provide devices, internet access, and an understanding of how to use the technologies.

Read here as Trinh shares how

  • digital equity relies on students’ access to online learning;
  • digital equity requires students’ competence using technology; and
  • educators’ competency with technology supports digital equity.
Most Poplular Funding Opportunities for March 2021

Most Popular Funding Opportunities Last Month

In the previous month, educators were looking for funding opportunities in the areas of equity-focused grants, STEM, and community investment. Check out which grants GetEdFunding educators viewed the most in the month of August.

Racial Equity in STEM Education
Sponsored by National Science Foundation, Division of Graduate Education

The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports bold, groundbreaking, and potentially transformative projects addressing systemic racism in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development.

Deadline: October 12, 2021

Data Center Community Grants
Sponsored by Google

Google makes grants in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and computer science (CS) education. Priority is given to programs that address structural barriers to STEM and CS education access, such as school readiness, access to in-school courses, distance learning, and teacher training and resources; initiatives that provide access for young learners in STEM and CS; and education programs that place a particular focus on underrepresented groups, including women, in STEM and CS education.

Deadline: October 2, 2021

The John Ben Snow Foundation and Memorial Trust Educational Grants
Sponsored by The John Ben Snow Foundation and Memorial Trust

John Ben Snow Foundation

The Memorial Trust responds to the ever-changing needs of various segments of the population, especially to the needs of young people and people who are disadvantaged either physically, emotionally, or economically.

Letters of Inquiry are accepted November 1 through February 1, annually.

Education Grants – BAE Systems
Sponsored by Sponsored by BAE Systems. Inc.

BAE Systems’ Community Investment awards grants to community-based organizations that support education in the target areas of early childhood, kindergarten through grade 12, higher education, and programs that advance learning in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Deadlines: Full proposals are due October 12, 2021.

Saxena Family Foundation Grants
Sponsored by The Saxena Family Foundation

Saxena Family Foundation

The Saxena Family Foundation has a particular focus on initiatives that promote US science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and the empowerment of girls, female children, and young women so that they have equal rights later in life.

Deadline: Applications are accepted year-round.



Most Poplular Funding Opportunities for March 2021

Most Popular Funding Opportunities Last Month

In the previous month, educators were looking for funding opportunities in the areas of equity-focused grants, STEM, and literacy programs. Check out which grants GetEdFunding educators viewed the most in the month of July.

Envision Equity Grants
Sponsored by The NEA Foundation

The NEA’s Envision Equity Grants program provides educators across the United States with opportunities to lead an equity-focused reimagining of public education, encouraging students’ love of learning and the best possible educational experience for every child. Funding will support new and creative innovations in the classroom and beyond, incorporating exemplary teaching and learning practices. Competitive applicants will incorporate best practices to support the whole child including project-based learning and experiences that advance cultural understanding and appreciation or an understanding of civic engagement and democracy.

Deadline: October 15, 2021

Toshiba America Grant Program for 6-12 Science and Mathematics Educators
Sponsored by Toshiba America Foundation

Toshiba America Foundation

Toshiba America Foundation accepts applications from teachers who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for their students. The foundation seeks to support teachers by providing funds to support classroom projects. The foundation strongly encourages projects planned and led by individual teachers or teams of teachers for their own classrooms. Successful projects tap into the natural curiosity of students, enable students to frame their own scientific questions, and incorporate the expertise of community partners. Applications must be for project-based learning.

Deadline: Requests for grants less than $5,000 are due March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1, annually. Requests for grants of more than $5,000 are due May 1 and November 1, annually.

Store-Based Giving Grants
Sponsored by
Ross Stores, Inc. Foundation

Store-based Giving Guidelines

Ross Stores, Inc. Foundation provides support for youth-oriented programs and services that prepare today’s youth for a bright tomorrow. The foundation makes Store-Based Giving Grants in the areas of building academic achievement and life skills in economically disadvantaged youth.

Academic achievement support includes programs with a focus on literacy; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); tutoring; stay-in-school efforts; and college readiness. Life skills support includes programs that focus on mentoring, financial literacy, leadership skills, after-school programs, and career readiness.

Deadline: Applications are accepted year-round.

Racial Equity in STEM Education (Program Description NSF PD-21-191Y)

Sponsored by National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports bold, groundbreaking, and potentially transformative projects addressing systemic racism in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development. Proposals should articulate a rigorous plan for applied or fundamental research and practice designed to generate and widely disseminate knowledge to remove systemic barriers that impact access to, retention in, and success in STEM education, scientific research, and the STEM workforce. Contexts may include prekindergarten through grade 12, two- and four-year undergraduate institutions, and graduate institutions; municipal organizations; STEM workplaces; and informal STEM settings such as museums, community organizations, and media.

Deadlines: Full proposals are due July 13 and October 12, 2021, and the second Tuesday in October, annually thereafter; and March 22, 2022, and the fourth Tuesday in March, annually thereafter.

Data Center Community Grants
Sponsored by Google

Google makes grants in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and computer science (CS) education. Priority is given to programs that address structural barriers to STEM and CS education access, such as school readiness, access to in-school courses, distance learning, and teacher training and resources; initiatives that provide access for young learners in STEM and CS; and education programs that place a particular focus on underrepresented groups, including women, in STEM and CS education.

Eligible applicants are nonprofit 501(c)(3) and prekindergarten through grade 12 schools that directly impact the immediate community surrounding a Google office or data center. Applications must be submitted online.

Deadline: Applications are accepted August 16 through October 2, 2021.



The Magic Beneath the Surface of EdTech

Editors Note: This blog was originally published on the VSTE blog and the Teaching4Tomorrow blog and has been reposted with permission. Get alerted about the next Teaching4Tomorrow blog post.

In many pursuits in life and learning, there are easy ways that cut corners and harder, but more rewarding, avenues to get to your desired destination. The world of edtech is no different, especially with the incredible pace at which technology evolves. I passionately recommend not moving away from a technology just because there is a new one available or without fully exploring the tool. Many times, the magic of edtech tools rest beneath the surface and are only discovered after users have had adequate time to explore, fail, learn, grow, discover, make connections, and collaborate. Simply because a technology isn’t the latest one released doesn’t mean it isn’t the best or just as capable as another. Likewise, if you have not given enough time for a tool to be explored completely, you may not know what is truly possible or the effect it could have on teaching, learning, or leading.

In the Land of G Suite

One area of prominent examples of the magic beneath the surface of edtech is within G Suite. Nearly every one of the apps that make up G Suite have an incredible amount of uses that you would never discover if the tool is only examined at the surface value. The power of the tools becomes apparent when you begin to peel back the outer layers. Two great examples are Google Chrome and Google Slides.

Google Chrome is, at its surface, just an internet browser. Like Microsoft Edge, Safari, or Firefox it will connect you to the vast amount of information and resources the internet holds. It will allow you to bookmark pages and even autofill forms and passwords for you. However, the magic beneath the surface is infinitely more powerful.

The first example of this is the ability to quickly change between Chrome users. This allows one to switch between work and personal accounts in seconds, each complete with their own separate bookmarks, saved autofill information, Google Drive, and more. Kasey Bell of Shake Up Learning explains the greatness of this feature quite well.

The second example of Chrome magic is found in the power of extensions installed via the Chrome Web Store. This store holds many free extensions that save time and enhance a user’s experience with Chrome. Countless added features and benefits can be found by adding in carefully selected and managed extensions (they do take system resources so choose wisely and manage with something like Extensity). Check out these blog posts all about Chrome Extensions and the magic they add to Chrome (Post 1Periodic Table of ExtensionsFor Struggling Students).

Whether you are teaching in person, virtually, or implementing blended learning, integrating photography in the classroom is accessible and adaptable for multiple subjects and grade levels. Based on our work with educators, below are five ways to use photography to effectively nurture empathy, challenge perspectives, and foster connection in students’ lives.

If you listen to the Google Teacher Tribe Podcast with hosts Kasey Bell and Matt Miller, you’ll know that Google Slides is the “Swiss army knife of G Suite” (Episodes). Without stretching the imagination too far, there are easily 50 uses for Google Slides that are not presentations. Some of these include social media templateseBooks/storybooksreview gamesanimationchoose-your-own adventure storiesbrainstorminginteractive notebooks, and even create an “app.” Trust me when I say this is barely checking into the magic beneath the surface of Google Slides…check these out for more: Control Alt AchieveDitch That TextbookShake Up LearningTeacher Tech, and All The Things You Didn’t Know Google Slides Could Do!

The Deep End of G Suite Magic Beneath the Surface
Thinking the above just isn’t enough Google awesomeness? I agree! Check out these additional resources to take an amazing look into the deep end of G Suite magic beneath the surface:


Written by Patrick B. Hausammann. Patrick is an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher in Clarke County Public Schools and was the recipient of a VSTE Tech Coach of the Year award at the 2018 Conference in Virginia Beach. Patrick describes himself as a perpetual optimist and believer in the power of a #growthmindset to #failfoward. He is the founder of UnisonEDU; Cofounder of #EdcampNSV; and a Google Certified Innovator, Trainer, Admin, and Educator 1 and 2. He can be found online at his website and as @PHausEDU on Twitter.View a recorded session on this topic.This VSTE blog has been reposted with permission. 

Most Poplular Funding Opportunities for March 2021

Most Popular Funding Opportunities Last Month

In the previous month, educators were looking for funding opportunities in the areas of equity-focused grants, reading, STEM, and at-risk community-based programs. Check out which grants GetEdFunding educators viewed the most in the month of June.

Envision Equity Grants
Sponsored by The NEA Foundation

The NEA’s Envision Equity Grants program provides educators across the United States with opportunities to lead an equity-focused reimagining of public education, encouraging students’ love of learning and the best possible educational experience for every child. Funding will support new and creative innovations in the classroom and beyond, incorporating exemplary teaching and learning practices. Competitive applicants will incorporate best practices to support the whole child including project-based learning and experiences that advance cultural understanding and appreciation or an understanding of civic engagement and democracy.

Deadline: October 15, 2021

Bookmobile Grant Program
Sponsored by Lois Lenski Covey Foundation

The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation offers grants for bookmobile programs across the nation that serve children from disadvantaged populations. Grants support organizations that operate a lending bookmobile that travels into neighborhoods populated by underserved youth. Funds must be used to purchase fiction or nonfiction books published for young people preschool through grade 8, from Early Reader books through Young Adult and Hi-Lo books.

Deadline: September 1st, 2021.

Stem Minigrants
Sponsored by
National Girls Collaborative Project

The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) supports girl-serving programs focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to address gaps and overlaps in service and share exemplary practices. Minigrants are awarded as seed funding for projects that encourage girls to pursue STEM-related educational programs and careers, and are intended to promote cooperation between existing girl-serving programs. Preference is given to applications for innovative activities and that involve first-time collaboration between the applicant organizations.

Deadline: Minigrants are awarded year-round.

Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers

Sponsored by National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation

The Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program promotes prekindergarten through grade 12 students interests and capacities to participate in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. To do this, ITEST supports the development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies for engaging students in experiences that: (1) increase students’ awareness of STEM occupations; (2) motivate students to pursue the appropriate education pathways for STEM occupations; and (3) develop disciplinary-based knowledge and practices, or promote critical thinking, reasoning, or communication skills needed for entering STEM workforce sectors.

Deadlines: August 13, 2021.

Education Grants, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.
Sponsored by The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation supports organizations that serve lower-income individuals and assist vulnerable and at-risk populations in the communities in which they reside. Program areas include housing, health, jobs, education, and community services. Education priorities include science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); out-of-school time; and college and career preparedness.

Deadline: Letters of Inquiry are accepted year-round.



2021 Survey Results

New Survey Results from GetEdFunding

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, most educators who used GetEdFunding (GEF) found it an intuitively easy and effective way to supplement shoestring budgets for technology and other needs. During the pandemic, many of them found the funding opportunities provided by GEF even more relevant and accessed them even more frequently than before.

These were among the findings of a 2021 survey conducted among 64,000+ users of GetEdFunding.com, a vetted collection of thousands of relevant and innovative grants and awards sponsored by CDW-G, a leading provider of educational technology.

A total of 501 respondents from 46 U.S. states and the District of Columbia—a representative sample of the site’s users—answered the Zarca Interactive online survey between March 9 and April 30, 2021.

Grade levels for which participants are responsible span the education spectrum.  Distribution was close to even among K–12 grades, which comprised the bulk of respondents. In addition, 22 percent were connected with PreK and 18 percent with higher education—a six percentage point increase over the proportion in the most recent prior survey, conducted in 2019. Percentages are based on multiple responses to grade levels for which respondents are responsible.

Technology grants high on educators’ wish lists

More than a third of participants in the survey—36 percent—have job titles indicating likely interest in grants for technology purchases. These include educators directly involved in the grant process (writers, administrators and coordinators), technology administrators and staff (CIO/CTO, IT managers, technology integrationists, coordinators, directors, and support staff), as well as library/media specialists.

Twenty-eight percent say more than 25 percent of their technology budgets come from outside sources, such as grants, PTAs, local corporations and other sources.  Thus, technology needs are high on the list of subject/content areas for which users are most interested in getting grants:

  • STEM, 25 percent
  • Technology, 23 percent
  • Literacy, 17 percent
  • Career and college readiness, 12 percent
  • At-risk students’ education, 11 percent

Major new funding sources emerged not long before the survey was conducted: the $54.3 billion Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund II (ESSER II), made available as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021. After the survey began, billions of dollars more became available through the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ARP ESSER) and the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III), also authorized under ARP.

Ninety-five percent of those surveyed anticipate using ESSER II funds. Number one in expected usage—voted on while the pandemic was in full force—is cleaning/sanitizing products, 46 percent. But technology-related categories are the next three: laptops, second at 41 percent of responses, followed by infrastructure to support remote learning, 40 percent, and Internet hotspots, 37 percent.

Users say GetEdFunding is easy, intuitive way to find grants

Sixty-two percent have applied for funding opportunities, and of those, 51 percent found those opportunities on GetEdFunding. And of those respondents, 56 percent received grants. Sixty-nine percent of users say GetEdFunding is an easy, very intuitive way to identify the kinds of grants they want.

Forty-seven percent of respondents have applied for six or more grants in their career. Ten percent have not sought grants. Their reasons for not applying include:

  • Lack of time, 39 percent—down 13 percentage points from the 2019 survey
  • Hard to identify appropriate opportunities, 38 percent
  • Often don’t find out about opportunities until it’s too late to apply, 33 percent
  • The grant application process is intimidating, 23 percent
  • We do not have personnel to undertake the grant writing process, 15 percent
  • Our school/district/campus budget suffices to meet any needs, 13 percent—up 10 percentage points from 2019.

Forty percent are with a school, district, campus or organization that has a grant writing specialist on staff or an individual who works with it to identify and prepare applications—up 11 percentage points from 2019.

But comments from the educators indicate a continued need for an easy, effective way to access grants such as those they can find on GetEdFunding:

“Typically, an individual applies on his own time. Not much support from a team.”

“I am a board member and so volunteer my time to grant writing. I am not a formal or educated grant writer, so it is all a learning process.”

“We can ask for assistance from the district grant specialist, but she rarely replies.”

On the other hand, some respondents seem to have access to clearly understood grant writing roles and procedures, enhancing their ability to use the kind of grant information GetEdFunding provides. A sample comment:

“1. A formal request for grant research, review, or development is made and approved by administration 2. Grant writer receives the request and reviews a grant program, researches grants, or develops a grant application 3. Grant writer completes the request and the administration decides next steps 4. Grant writer works with staff to develop grant applications 5. Grant application is submitted; if awarded, program staff manage the award.”

Top ways in which GetEdFunding users find out about the site are:

  • Referred by a friend or colleague, 24 percent
  • Search engine, 24 percent
  • Received an email, 16 percent

Relevancy rating of GEF newsletter soars to 90 percent

In addition, 56 percent of respondents get the GetEdFunding newsletter, and 63 percent of them say its length is “just right.” Of those who answered a question about grant opportunities featured in the newsletter, 90 percent rate them as relevant to extremely relevant, up from 75 percent in 2019. Thirty percent subscribe to the Discover GetEdFunding Blog, and 99 percent find its content relevant to extremely relevant, up from 92 percent in 2019.

Happy with their own GetEdFunding results, 71 percent of respondents are extremely or very likely to recommend the site to their colleagues:

  • Users have referred an average of one to three colleagues to GetEdFunding, while six percent have steered more than 16 to the site. 
  • Respondents have forwarded opportunities they found on the site to an average of one to three colleagues. Ten percent have referred such opportunities to more than 16 others.

Fifty percent say social media are very or extremely important to their work/professional life.  Of 12 social and professional networking websites listed, the top five with which respondents have an account are:

  • Facebook, 76 percent
  • LinkedIn, 62 percent
  • Instagram, 54 percent
  • Twitter, 51 percent
  • Pinterest, 48 percent

The order remains the same when users are asked which social networking service they would use for work/professional reasons if they could only use one. The leaders are:

  • Facebook, 27 percent
  • LinkedIn, 25 percent
  • Instagram, 11 percent

Sixty-three percent say they are very or extremely likely to use a social networking site in a typical week. The most popular purposes for using them are:

  • Exchange of information with peers, 54 percent
  • Professional networking, 45 percent
  • Personal professional development, 44 percent

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