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EDTECH 551 - Final Grant Proposal

EDTECH 551 - Final Grant Proposal

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Using Technology to Promote Content Learning
Brian Wetzel
The following is a grant proposal that would fund the purchase of two mobile laboratories of tablet computers, along with necessary accessories and teacher professional development. These tablets would be used to enhance technology skills and promote content learning with increased focus on raising proficiency rates on state testing in middle school students.

Boise State University EDTECH 551 Technical and Grant Writing 5/4/2012

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Using Technology to Promote Content Learning
Brian Wetzel
The following is a grant proposal that would fund the purchase of two mobile laboratories of tablet computers, along with necessary accessories and teacher professional development. These tablets would be used to enhance technology skills and promote content learning with increased focus on raising proficiency rates on state testing in middle school students.

Boise State University EDTECH 551 Technical and Grant Writing 5/4/2012

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Boise State UniversityEDTECH 551Technical and GrantWriting5/4/2012
Brian Wetzel
The following is a grant proposal that would fund thepurchase of two mobile laboratories of tablet computers,along with necessary accessories and teacher professionaldevelopment. These tablets would be used to enhancetechnology skills and promote content learning withincreased focus on raising proficiency rates on state testingin middle school students.
Using Technologyto PromoteContent Learning
 
 
Table of ContentsNeeds Assessment............................................................. 3Goals and Objectives........................................................ 5Budget ................................................................................ 8Evaluation....................................................................... 10
 
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Needs Assessment
Technology skills are becoming increasingly more important in daily life. Without basictechnology skills, people will begin to find themselves at a disadvantage in many situations. Ineducational settings, a lack of technology skills can present numerous problems. Utilizingtechnology, students can communicate with teachers and fellow students easier, access gradereports, submit assignments, and do various forms of research with little effort; and this is notnearly an exhaustive list. With basic technology skills, students can explore productivitysoftware and learn much on their own; however, to properly use the software to its fullestpotential, students should be allowed access to the technology for these educational purposes ona consistent basis. Additionally, teachers should be encouraged to create technology-enrichedlessons to build the technology skills of their students.At Licking Heights Central Middle School, in Pataskala, Ohio, access to technology is verylimited. Without more access, many students miss out on the consistent interactions that arenecessary to build a foundation of technology skills and how they can be utilized across thecurriculum. The biggest issue Licking Heights faces is the amount of resources they have toprovide a technology-enriched education. In 2010, the Columbus Dispatch reported that LickingHeights Local Schools was the second fastest growing school district in the entire state of Ohio.According to the most current building report card, Licking Heights Central, servicing sixth,seventh, and eighth grade students, had an average daily enrollment of 757 students. Thisnumber will likely be higher when reported for the current school year, since the sixth gradeclass entering the building was larger than the eighth grade class that transitioned to the highschool. Early estimations of the population are approximately 800 students enrolled at LickingHeights Central. Each classroom in the building is equipped with one computer designated forteacher use. While many classrooms have two or three computers for student use, several othersare limited to the one teacher computer. Within Licking Heights Central, there are only tworooms that are designated as computer labs, each equipped with 25 computers. When it comes towhole-class use of computers, the teachers are forced to sign up and share one of the computerlabs, as the other is limited to computer application classes which are offered as an electivecourse to sixth and seventh grade students. While this is obviously not an ideal situation, itbecomes even less than ideal for classes that are larger than 25 students. Thus, students often getlittle class time to work with computers under the guidance of their teachers.However, available computers are not the only resource Licking Heights Central lacks. If Licking Heights Central plans to purchase more computers for student use in the building, thereare no rooms in the building that can be used for another permanent computer lab. Anyadditional technology purchased for the building would have to be mobile. Mobile technologywould allow the teachers to transform their own classrooms into computer labs to provide theirtechnology-enriched lessons.Mobile computing devices would also alleviate another issue Licking Heights Central faces.While the intended use of the devices is to allow more opportunities for students to learn throughtechnology during the school day, there would also be the capabilities to provide technologyresources to disadvantaged students at home. Licking Heights Central has been designated as aLow-Income School by the United States Department of Education since the 2008/2009 schoolyear. According to the local report card, 44.2% of the Licking Heights Central student body is

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