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Educational Technology Proposal for Saint David School Santiago, Dominican Republic The Educational authorities of the Dominican Republic recently announced an important change in the National Curriculum, to integrate technology into the content areas; Although the majority of the teachers use personal laptops for planning, the school has only one projector that teachers use for presentations, desktop computers are limited to the teacher’s lounge, and computer laboratory (for student’s use), library and offices. There are no computers for students use in the classrooms and with only one projector for a k-12 school the possibilities of integrating technology are severely limited. Economic limitations don’t allow the school to invest in computers for all students so this proposal suggests the option of Smart Boards for High School classrooms as an initial pilot project.

Group 1 – ETEC 602 UNICDA DR Jennifer Gardner de Díaz, Cesarina López, Glennys García, Jaime Ortiz & José Miguel Checo

11/20/2010


Assignment 4 – Educational Technology Proposal for Saint David School in Santiago, DR

By Group 1: Jennifer Gardner de Díaz Cesarina López Glennys García Jaime Ortiz Jose Miguel Checo ETEC 602 Technology and the School Curriculum

Nova Southeastern University November 20, 2010


Table of Contents Executive Summary ................................................................................................ 1 Introduction ............................................................................................................ 2 Educational and Curricular Needs .............................................................. 3 Goal and Objectives that can be obtained ........................................... 4 Implementation Plan ............................................................................................ 5 Budget considerations ....................................................................................... 5 Figure 1. Smart Board Technology Integration Budget .............. 7


Executive Summary The Educational authorities of the Dominican Republic recently announced an important change in the National Curriculum, to integrate technology into the content areas; Although the majority of the teachers use personal laptops for planning, the school has only one projector that teachers use for presentations, desktop computers are limited to the teacher’s lounge, and computer laboratory (for student’s use), library and offices.

There are no computers for students use in the

classrooms and with only one projector for a k-12 school the possibilities of integrating technology are severely limited. Economic limitations don’t allow the school to invest in computers for all students so this proposal suggests the option of Smart Boards for High School classrooms as an initial pilot project. The total cost of the project is US$ 9,528.26, and includes two Smart Boards with movable trays to be used in all four high school classrooms, also a power inverter is proposed to cover for power outages and fluctuations that normally happens in the Dominican republic.


Introduction This proposal has been designed for Saint David School (SDS), a bilingual school in Santiago, founded in 1989 and offering a dual-language program. The Educational authorities of the Dominican Republic recently announced an important change in the National Curriculum to integrate technology into the content areas; a policy that SDS had experimented with the American curriculum but not within the Dominican curriculum. The majority of the teachers in both curriculums use personal laptops for planning and the school has one projector that teachers use for presentations.

However desktop computers are limited to the

teacher’s lounge, computer laboratory (for student’s use), library and offices.

There are no computers for students use in

the classrooms and with only one projector for the eight levels of elementary school and four of high school the possibilities of integrating technology are severely limited. Students visit the computer laboratory twice a week but due to timetable restrictions only assigned teachers accompany their students on a regular basis. Economic limitations do not permit the school to invest in computers in all classrooms and so this proposal suggests the option of Smart Boards.

However, this is also too large an

investment for all twelve classes and so after careful analysis it concludes that the most effective use of the Smart Boards


would be within the four High School classrooms.

This proposal

is based on the following criteria: 1.

Elementary classrooms have two homeroom teachers for

each grade, one in each language curriculum.

These

teachers are responsible for all the core subjects and are allocated computer laboratory time on a weekly basis.

As

elementary school teachers work in different content areas technology can be integrated in all parts of the curriculum easily. 2.

Smart Boards would be a great asset to high school

classrooms.

High school teachers are compartmentalized and

so computer time is limited to certain subject areas. projector is shared between twelve classrooms.

The

As the

elementary classrooms out-number the high school classroom, reservation of the projector and the distance from one side of the school to another, makes it impractical. 3.

Additionally we propose that the multiple functions of

a smart board compared to the projector make it a highly motivational tool, conducive to a curriculum that prepares students for university. 4.

Finally, the majority of the students in High School

have laptops minimizing the need to visit the computer lab.

Educational and Curricular Needs By introducing the use of the Smart Board technology we intend to facilitate the process of learning and assimilation of


information by encouraging and motivating students to become more active in the use of interactive technology, thus encouraging group participation, and frequent virtual interaction and feedback. By integrating technology into classroom instruction our goal is to go beyond teaching basic computer skills in a regular computer lab class. Technological integration will be effective when it is done across the curriculum, by attracting the interest and attention of the student, and thus enhancing the learning process.

Goal and Objectives that can be obtained The main goal of this implementation is to offer students new interactive ways to experiment and observe phenomenon and to view results in graphic ways that aid in understanding. More specifically, by the use of these technological tools and a project-learning approach, the students will remain more engaged and on task, reducing behavioral problems in the classroom; it will also help develop new ways for teachers to teach students by offering educators effective ways to reach different types of learners and assess student understanding through multiple means. The use of this technology will help enhance the relationship between teacher and student by helping teachers become more integrated into subject areas, help them grow into roles of adviser, content expert, and coach.


The use of this technology will also help make teaching and learning more meaningful, creative and fun, especially to Second Language learners who are the majority of the school population.

Implementation Plan Step one: Teachers meeting to explain project reach and define the logistics around the installation and implementation. Step two: Provide teacher’s workshop training for the use of the Smart Board and related software. Step three: Prepare especial training for support personnel to ensure help is easily accessible. Step four: Coordination meeting with teachers to incrementally integrate subject and classroom content in the following order: a) b) c) d)

Math and science Language arts Social studies Art and music

Step five: Feedback meeting for evaluation purposes with each teacher. Step six: Student feedback/surveys to understand and measure impact on learning. Step six: Overall revision meeting of plan and experiences acquired to improve implementation plans for other schools.

Budget considerations


Smart Boards have become a very innovative tool to enhance students’ learning.

It is more than a simple technology; it is a

tool that develops creativity, approaches all learning styles and it is interactive and motivational. The Smart Board offers a variety of different primary games software and websites adequate for all levels.

These resources

inspire the modern learner, and include Smart Notebooks and the Microsoft package.

An innovative teacher may use pictures as a

stimulus for discussion, promoting brainstorming activities, organizational activities such as sorting, sequencing and converts whole class teaching into a shared experience. Characteristics of the Smart Board are hands-on, both for teachers and students alike.

Information posted on the board may

be used for modeling, demonstrating and annotation.

These

teaching tools include: drag-and-drop activities, annotations, shared reading, collaborative writing and problem solving and is an effective peer teaching device. For these reasons we suggest SDS school should consider the investment of Smart Boards as the obvious choice to fulfill their objective to integrate technology in all content areas of both the American and Dominican curriculums.


Figure 1. Smart Board Technology Integration Budget

Item

Description

Price

Quantity Total Amount

Features & Benefits: New system offers a larger 78” screen (in comparison to 60”) Same operation and annotation as the 9200IW PLUS Turn a dry erase board into an interactive solution

3M NEXWAL

Brighter 2400 lumen rating (in comparison to 2000 lumens) Flexible configurations so the solution can be matched to the meeting room needs

$4,091.63

2

$8,183.26

$1,345.00

1

$1,345.00

3

$9,528.26

Projector features improved optics Microsoft® NetMeeting® compatible Reduced shadows because the image is projected above and behind the presentor Audio is also improved and more powerful with 40 watt speakers with tweeters Inverter Trace w/ Backup inverter with instalation for all four four batteries classrooms Total


Reference Roblyer, M. D., & Doering, A. H. (2010). Educational Technology into Teaching. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.


Educational Technology Proposal for Saint David School