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Loyola educational technology student receives grant for classroom innovation

Ann Prizzi, a student in Loyola’s educational technology program, received The Education Foundation of BCPS, Inc. 21st Century Instructional Initiative Grant that will fund student-made documentaries highlighting the students’ journey in creating monologues on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) topics. 

Prizzi’s middle school students will create original monologues using their own experiences and themes found in SEL such as managing emotions, setting and achieving goals, having empathy for others, and establishing and maintaining positive relationships. The grant will fund 25 video cameras for the students to document their progress in the creation of the monologues. The monologues and documentaries will be used in the classroom and school community as teaching tools to help with students’ SEL. 

Ann wrote this grant as a class project in the ET660 Innovative Digital Schools course, a class that explores deeper learning and digital innovation in K-12 schools. “Through theater and monologues, my students will explore difficult topics and convey their emotions in a supportive community. They will also explore their own cultural values and morals and will act and think creatively, developing critical and deeper learning skills that can be applied in all areas of life,” said Prizzi.

The educational technology program at Loyola provides multiple opportunities for students to submit grants and conference proposals, publish blogs and publications, and grow in their professional practice. “Irene Bal, educational technology faculty member and instructor of ET660, was a key component for me receiving this grant. She helped me in writing clear and concise information that was needed for the grant proposal. She was also available to answer my questions and willing to review my proposal as many times as I wanted prior to submission,” said Prizzi. “I would like to thank the educational technology faculty at Loyola for their knowledge and guided support in my studies at Loyola. Their encouragement and passion for education and educational technology allow me to dream big and take chances for the students in my classroom.”

Want to know more about the Loyola’s educational technology program? Visit the educational technology website and follow the program on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok - @LoyolaET

Ann E. Prizzi is a graduate student in Loyola University Maryland’s School of Education educational technology program and a music and dance content leader and performing arts magnet leader at Loch Raven Technical Academy in Baltimore County Public Schools.  Ann’s Twitter: