Technology at your Fingertips

Group Members
Ashley Barnard
Shanna Floyd
Joy Flynn
Hassan Kariem
Alice Lasseter

By: Alice Lasseter
FRIT 7232
Module 3
Spring 2014

Abstract
The Savannah Chatam School District is seeking a grant to revolutionize each and every
classroom by integrating smart boards and providing instructors with the training needed
in order to be tech savvy leaders of education. The objective is that by the end of the
training teachers will be able to transform their lesson plans so that they utilize the
interactive, multimedia, and web 2.0 capabilities of the Smartboard . Research has found
smart boards to be essential tools in the modern classroom for their dynamic capabilities
and their effectiveness at catering to different learning and teaching styles. One smart
board converges the capabilities of numerous teaching tools. Funding in the amount of
_____ is requested for the purchase of the hardware and the training that will be needed
in order to familiarize staff with the device and accompanying software.
Proposal Text
(This section consists of three subsections: Demonstrated need, Goals and Objectives,
Plan of Operation.)
• Demonstrated need: (A demonstrated need for the professional development you are
proposing must be supported through the collection of data through surveys, interviews,
or focus groups. Describe the process used to collect the data, summarize the data, and
describe the professional development need revealed through data analysis. Raw data
must be included in an appendix of the proposal.)
Need: At a Savannah Chatham county school a survey was given about types of training
that teachers would need in order to incorporate more technology into the classroom.
After talking with a technology professional for the district, she provided a list of the
most requested trainings and information dealing with certain technologies. Once we had
a list of technology trainings, then we talked with elementary classroom teachers and
collecting data to input into a teacher survey. See Appendix A for survey details.
After analyzing the data, we discovered that there is an immediate need for technology
trainings dealing with interactive whiteboards, IPads, and IPods. There were 19 out of 26
(73%) elementary classroom teachers that requested an immediate need for this particular
type of technology training. As we compared the data from the teacher survey, we
concluded that training on interactive whiteboards, IPads, and IPods would greatly
benefit teachers and students in the classroom environment.
Professional Development Framework
In order to meet the demands of 21st century learners in this digital age, it is vital that
educators are trained in technologies that will help advance the skills, knowledge, and
critical thinking of their students. Technology is an effective tool that can be utilized
within all classrooms by all teachers, both novice and seasoned teachers, to enhance
students’ learning. Student motivation to learn will increase as teachers employ

strategies using technology to engage and inspire young minds. The addition of smart
boards, Ipads, and Ipods along with the needed training in use of these devices will be
effective in accomplishing increased student learning. The proposed professional
development program described in this section will be completed within the meeting of
three goals and their corresponding objectives discovered in the needs assessment.
Goal 1: Incorporate smart boards into the school district classrooms in each school of
the school district.
Goal 2: Teachers will be provided with training and guidance on how to integrate smart
boards, IPads, and Ipods into their daily routines.
Objectives:
1st: Purchase smart boards for each school of the district.
2nd: Provide training for teachers on how to use the smart boards effectively and
create lesson plans utilizing smart boards.
3rd: Provide teacher training for the effective classroom use of IPads in student
instruction.
4th: Provide BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) teacher training specifically for
Ipods as educational learning devices.

Plan of Operation
Objective 1: Provide smart boards in each school.
Dates of Implementation

Activity Description

Alignment with Goals

Objective 1: Provide smart boards in each school.
Five year initiative to
Smart boards will be
purchase 10 smart boards per installed within schools each
school beginning the 2014- year between academic
2015 school year.
school years within the five
year plan until each
classroom has a smart board
to aid in curriculum
instruction.

Goal 1: Acquisition of smart
boards for all classrooms
within Savannah Chatham
School District.

Objective 2: Provide teacher training in classroom use of smart boards.
Dates of Implementation

Activity Description

Alignment with Goals

Objective 2: Provide teacher training in classroom use of smart boards.
Five year plan to coincide
with installation of smart
boards in classrooms
beginning the 2014-2015
school year.

Smart-Ed Technologies,
LLC instructor led school
workshops each school
year.
Fall training: A 2-hour
novice workshop for
teachers starting to use
smart boards to provide a
solid foundation in
creating lessons.
Winter training: A 2-hour
intermediate workshop to
review materials covered
in novice workshop and
require more training to
enhance lesson building.
Spring training: A 2-hour
advanced workshop that
review previously learned
materials.

Goal 2: Training in the
effective use of smart
boards, Ipads, and Ipods.

Objective 3: Provide training for effective classroom use of IPads
Dates of Implementation
2014-2015 school year
2015-2016 school year
2016-2017 school year

Activity Description

Alignment with Goals

Beyond Technology
Goal 2: Training in the
Education instructor led effective use of smart
15 hour workshop.
boards, Ipads, and Ipods.
Training includes
selecting and reviewing
apps for personal
productivity and
educational applications,
addressing classroom
management challenges,
exploring various uses in
creating content, and
planning sound
instructional activities.

Objective 4: Provide training in using Ipods as educational learning devices.
Dates of Implementation

Activity Description

Alignment with Goals

Evaluation Plan: (You must include an evaluation plan for your project. It must include
pre- and post- measurements of participants’ skills or knowledge, participant evaluations
of the experience, and a plan for follow-up evaluation to determine if participants are
using their new skills or knowledge in their professional practice. Survey instruments,
questionnaires, etc. should be included in an appendix to the grant proposal.)
Budget: (Develop a budget for your proposed activities. Provide an itemized budget for
the proposal and a budget narrative, which justifies each budget item.)
References: (In this section, include references to accompany external resources that you
cite in your proposal. Use current APA style to format your references.)
https://sites.google.com/site/strategicplan10/majors-goals-and-objectives
Appendices: (Appendices can be used to include survey instruments, raw data, and any
other supporting documentation for your proposal. If you have more than appendix, label
them with letters (i.e. “Appendix A”) and refer to them in your proposal by the
corresponding label.)

Teacher Survey at a Savannah Chatham County School (Appendix A)

Technology
Training Needs

Pre-K-K

1st-2nd

3rd-4th

5th

(out of 8
teachers)

(out of 9
teachers)

(out of 6
teachers)

(out of 3
teachers)

Interactive IN- 5
Whiteboards,
IPads, IPods with SN-2
Students
NN-1

Google Drive, IN-4
Google Apps
SN-3
NN-1
Chrome books in IN-1
classroom
SN-5
NN-2
BYOT
IN-0
implementation
SN-0
NN-8
Communication IN-2
through Teacher
Websites
SN-4
NN-2
Online Content IN-1
through
Symballoo SN-4
NN-3

IN-6

IN-5

IN-3

SN-3

SN-1

SN-0

NN-0

NN-0

NN-0

IN-5

IN-4

IN-2

SN-3

SN-2

SN-1

NN-1

NN-0

NN-0

IN-3

IN-4

IN-2

SN-3

SN-1

SN-1

NN-3

NN-1

NN-0

IN-2

IN-4

IN-3

SN-5

SN-2

SN-0

NN-1

NN-0

NN-0

IN-3

IN-4

IN-2

SN-4

SN-2

SN-1

NN-2

NN-0

NN-0

IN-3

IN-4

IN-2

SN-3

SN-1

SN-1

NN-3

NN-1

NN-0

Social Media in IN-0
ClassroomEdmodo
SN-0
NN-8
Student Video IN-0
Projects
SN-1
NN-7
Online
IN-0
PresentationsPrezi, Glogster, SN-0
Web 2.0 tools
NN-8

IN-3

IN-3

IN-3

SN-3

SN-3

SN-0

NN-3

NN-0

NN-0

IN-2

IN-3

IN-3

SN-4

SN-2

SN-0

NN-3

NN-1

NN-0

IN-2

IN-4

IN-3

SN-4

SN-1

SN-0

NN-3

NN-1

NN-0

Key
IN- Immediate Need for Training
SN- Somewhat Need for Training
NN- No Need for Training
Number of Teachers Surveyed
Pre-K- 3 teachers
K- 5 teachers
1st- 5 teachers
2nd- 4 teachers
3rd- 3 teachers
4th- 3 teachers
th
5 - 3 teachers