February 19, 2014
The mission of Orchard place Elementary School is to equip students with the skills necessary
for their success as responsible citizens, productive workers, and lifelong learners. To achieve
this a partnership with parents and the community is vital in order to provide the best
educational climate, curriculum, and staff.
Technology plays and increasingly important role in the school’s mission. Technology is
fundamental to student achievement and the ability of staff to deliver up to date educational
opportunities. Title 1 funds have granted Orchard Place Elementary a variety of technological
tools that are now readily available for students and staff. All certified staff at Orchard Place
Elementary has been given a personal MacBook Pro computer. Also, classrooms in each grade
level are equipped with 6 MacBook Pros, 5 iPad Minis, 1 Epson projector, and 1 document camera.
Each grade level shares 1 Smart Board. In addition, the school has 2 TILE rooms equipped with
35 Mac Books each. Resource classrooms only have 1 iPad available, but they have unlimited
access to the TILE rooms.
A survey was sent to Orchard Place classroom teachers to find information about specific
software and hardware used in the classrooms. The survey indicated the following:
Microsoft Word – 95%
Microsoft Excel – 26%
Keynote/Microsoft PowerPoint – 48%
Smart Board – 40%
LCD Projector – 56%
iPads – 73%
Document Camera – 100%
The same survey was given to the SPED and ESL staff that pulls out students into resource
classroom. The survey indicated the following:
Microsoft Word – 23%
Microsoft Excel – 0%
Keynote/Microsoft PowerPoint – 33%
Smart Board – 0%
LCD Projector – 0%
iPads – 12%
Document Camera – 0%
The information in both surveys shows that there is a need to buy more Smart Boards to fully
equip all grade level classrooms. A Smart Board should also be bought for each TILE room and
the library. This will allow the ELL and SPED resource staff to use them at their convenience.
More professional development should be used to train teachers that haven’t gotten a chance to
teach using a Smart Board.
Classrooms that have Smart Boards do not need LCD projectors. Therefore, the leftover LCD
projectors should be placed in resource classrooms. These classrooms already have a pull down
screen, which will make the usage of the projector possible. In addition, each resource
classroom should be equipped with a document camera that can be used in unison with the LCD
To increase the usage of iPads it is important to equip each grade level classroom with at least
10 iPads. This also applies to resource classrooms that only have 1 iPad available. Professional
development in this arena will also be necessary to allow certified staff and support personnel
to use them proactively.
I decided to purchase iPad minis for the classrooms due to their cheaper price. iPad minis have
the same tools as a regular iPad but they are available for a third of the price. In addition, iPad
minis can be easily stored in the classroom and they supports the apps teachers are currently
using at Orchard Place classrooms (iMovie, Ask 3, Screen Chomp, etc…). In addition, a set of 30
iPads2 and a printer will be purchased to keep in an iPad cart in the TILE room. This cart will be
available for all certified staff to check out at their convenience.
The Smart Boards will be purchase from Smart Technologies, so there is not much flexibility in
this purchase. However, there are a plethora of document cameras available in the web to pick
from. I decided to buy Aver because this is the brand that is commonly used in Orchard Place
Item Cost of One Item # of Items Total Amount
Apple iPad Minis 16GB $275 80 $22,000.00
Apple iPad 2 $399.00 30 $11,970.00
iPad Cart: Bredford
Power Sync Cart
$2,599.95 1 $2,599.95
Cannon PIXMA MG3520
$54.00 1 $54.00
Smart Board SBM 680 $2,199 10 $21,990.00
AVer™ Vision U15
Document Camera; 8x
5% of total cost $2,976.95
*Some items come with free shipping. However, 5% will be added to the total cost just in
case payment for shipping is necessary.
Total Equipment Purchase Price plus shipping: $62,515.85
There are certified staff members at Orchard Place Elementary that are proficient users of
iPads and Smart Boards. Therefore, it will be proposed to those teachers to create a workshop
to teach others how to use the Smart Board and iPads. Smart Technologies also offers free
professional development with the purchase of their products.
Item Hours Cost per Hour Total
iPad Training* 20 $34 $680
Smart Board Training* 20 $34 $680
10 $100 per hour $1,000
*A total of 10 hours were added as planning time for teachers.
Total Staff Training Purchase Price: $2,360
Total Proposed Budget: $64,875.85
Surplus: $35, 124.15 (– 5%) = $33,675.95
Results and Conclusions
82% of students that attend Orchard Place Elementary come from low-income households. 58%
are English Language Learners and 18% are part of the Special Education program. My purchase
recommendation targets resource classrooms because SPED and ELL personnel rarely get the
opportunity to teach using iPads and Smart Boards. In my opinion this population, which is at
risk at Orchard Place, should be exposed to state of the art technology. This plan will equip
each classroom with a Smart Board and at least 10 iPads. Resource staff will have the
opportunity to use the Smart Boards in the TILE rooms and the library. They will also have LCD
projectors, document cameras, and at least 5 ipads to use in their classrooms.