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Ignite Technology Grant
Ignite Technology Grant
image of students and teacher with technology in the classroomThe IGNITE Technology Grant is designed to create leadership opportunities, hone communication skills, and increase self esteem for students with SEA equipment within their school community. 
 
The goal is to bring awareness to the effective and successful use of technology for modern learning.
 
The IGNITE Technology Grant is provided in partnership with LearnStyle Ltd.
 
SEA equipment...what's that? SEA stands for Special Equipment Amount and it provides funding to school boards to assist with the costs of equipment, such as a laptop with assistive technology software. This equipment is recommended by a qualified professional and is essential to support students with special education needs. The equipment provides the student with accommodations that are directly required and essential to access the Ontario Curriculum. For more information, please refer to the Ministry of Ontario's Special Education Funding Guidelines: Special Equipment Amount (SEA) 2017-18.​



​​​​Thank you for your interest.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

Applications open:  October 19, 2017   
Applications close:  December 19, 2017

Award recipients will be notified by January 18, 2018


Awards:

A total of $3000 will be distributed in 5 separate awards to current York Region District School Board Students with SEA equipment. 

Elementary and Secondary Awards

The Elementary and Secondary Award application is open to an individual and/or group of students with SEA equipment to create an educational and awareness building event and/or educational technology training event for their school/community. 

  •  2 awards of $500 each available for student(s) in Grades 4-12.

Applicants may choose their $500 award as follows:

  1. $250 in “swag” (e.g. lanyards, t-shirts etc.) & $250 in discretionary funds to cover cost of event (e.g. food, decorations, rental fees etc.)

    - OR - 

  2. $500 in discretionary funds to cover the cost of event (e.g. food, decorations, rental fees etc.) 

Graduation Award

The Ignite Graduation Award is given to a student with SEA equipment who has demonstrated leadership and success in their personal and educational career. 

Award is ONLY open to students currently in Grade 12 with SEA technology AND whose anticipated graduation is June 2018.

  • $1000 in discretionary funds will be awarded in January 2018 and will be put towards the purchase of personal technology to assist the graduating student in their post-secondary goals

  • Given to a to-be-graduating student who has demonstrated leadership and success while using SEA technology throughout their educational career

Notes: 

  • Video, Audio, and other multimedia formats maybe used.  To ensure confidentiality of student images and information, multi-media files should be uploaded to YRDSB Google Apps and a link to the file or a shared folder included in the application. 

  • Teacher and/or parent involvement is encouraged. 

 

Criteria and Application Process

 

The Elementary and Secondary Award application is open to an individual and/or group of students with SEA equipment to create an educational and awareness building event and/or educational technology training event for their school/community.

Criteria

All submissions will be judged based upon how creative and innovative the idea(s) and applications are.
Submissions will need to include:
- goal/purpose/intent of event
- target audience and estimated number of attendees
- details - date/location/format etc.
- details about how the discretionary funds will be used

Application Process:

Application will be submitted in a multi-media format (e.g. video, presentation etc.) or written format(max. 500 words).
  • Video applications are limited to 2 minutes in length.
  • Submissions will need to include:
    • goal/purpose/intent of event
    • target audience and estimated number of attendees
    • details - date/location/format etc.what will you purchase with the discretionary funds?
All submissions will be reviewed and applicants may be contacted by judging panel if further information is requested.
 
**Only 1 submission is necessary if the application is for a group of students.

Criteria

The application must explain your:

  • leadership and advocacy in the area of SEA technology in school and/or community
  • use of SEA and/or other technology throughout educational career and personal use
  • plan for using the award (e.g. what type of technology do you hope to purchase with the $1000 award?)
  • vision and hope for the future (e.g. how will this technology support you in your education and personal life after high school​?)

Upon receiving the Graduation Award, the student will be expected to complete various leadership and advocacy opportunities throughout their graduating year including:

  • Create a short documentary video (through YRDSB Learning Design and Development) of the student’s story to:
    • document their experience in school (e.g. what it was like using technology - pros - cons - struggles - successes etc.)
    • give a message - what they would say to teachers and/or students to make a difference for all students with an exceptionality and SEA technology still in school
  • Award recipient's name will be shared with SEAC, LDAYR and YRDSB schools to offer opportunities for guest speaking and/or other leadership opportunities speak at conferences and/or school events.

Application Process:

  • Application will be submitted in a multi-media format (e.g. video, presentation etc.) or written format(max 750 words)
    • Video applications are limited to 3 minutes in length
    • All submissions will be reviewed and applicants may be contacted by judging panel if further information is requested
  • Need to include 2 to 3 teacher and/or community member reference letters.
 

 

Submit Application​

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