Assignment #4 The grant proposal
Group #4 Juan Fco. De La Rosa P. Eddy Rodríguez Josefa Rosario Domingo De La Rosa Cédieu Saint-Juste
Nova Southeastern University
October, 2010 The use of technological equipment such as data projectors, laptops, cell phones, smart boards and others are on the increase in today’s world. The world is immersed in constant communication through the use of the internet and our students are not the exception. That is why it is extremely important to incorporate all of these tools that are out there in order to catch the students’ attention and make the teaching and learning process more effective, meaningful and attracting to students. If we as educators ignore this current trend, we will be outdated and our students will not be able to acquire the ability or skills that are necessary to survive in today’s technological world. Today’s educational system can not function properly without technology, especially the internet that has become a very important tool to enrich and develop the students’ knowledge about the world that surrounds them. School will never have the budgets for technology that they want or need (Soloman, 2001). Strategies for optimizing available funds include requiring competitive bids, scheduling hardware and software upgrades, using donated equipment, and using broken computer for spare parts. Taking into consideration what has been said, the authors have decided to make a proposal that is intended to provide a school with the technological equipment necessary to enhance the
teaching and learning process. We have to facilitate and collaborate in the selection, installation and maintenance of the technology infrastructure of the school. Setting The school is located in Cambita Garabitos, San Crist贸bal, Dominican Republic. It is a small school with eight classrooms and a computer lab. Most of the computers are outdated. The systems they have are too slow and the storage devices are too limited which makes it difficult to install new software that is intended to improve the teaching and learning process. When we have new hardware and software, the students are more motivated to learn. The authors have been awarded a budget of $20,000 dollars. $12,000 will be spent on hardware and $8,000 will be spent on software. General purpose: Start phasing out of old hardware equipment to maximize instruction. Objectives: Improve the quality of technology instruction through the use of updated technological equipment. Integrate new software in order to improve the teaching and learning process.
Motivate students to use educational software so that the teaching and learning process is more interesting and meaningful.
Grant proposal Budget: $20,000 Hardware: $12,000 Software: $8,000 Description: Hardware 15 desktop computers ($10,500) 1 laptop ($800) 60 loudspeakers ($500) Extension cords and plugs ($200) Total: $12,000 Software Instructional software: 1-Tom Snider’s Operation frog (simulation) 2-ExploreLearning’s Mouse Genetics (simulation) 3-Key Curriculum Press’s Geometer’s Sketchpad (problem-solving) 4-Sunburst’s The Factory Deluxe (problem-solving) 5-Sunburst’s How the west was one+threeXfour (problem-solving) 6-Byki Deluxe (drill and practice) 7-Odyssey k-5 (tutorial) 8-Microsoft Office 2010
Total: $3000 Maintenance: $3000 Staff $2000 The proposal is intended to phase out the old computers in the lab at Santa Maria school. The proposal will be carried out in two phases. The first phase will replace 15 computers and the old software will be replaced for new ones. The budget for this proposal is listed in the previous page. The second phase will require the same amount of money. Each desktop computer costs $7500. Software programs cost $300 each. The instructional software are intended to help students replace or supplement hands-on dissections to teach anatomy, to explore basic principles of genetics and heredity, to let students explore geometric principles and proofs, to practice the correct mathematical order of operations when solving math problems, to learn how to use geospatial technologies to learn geography, to let students practice foreign language vocabulary and phrase translation and give students detailed reviews of basic math or science topics or let advanced students surge ahead. Three thousand dollars will be allocated to pay trained personnel to install and have the equipment operate properly as well as two thousand dollars to pay staff to give a workshop to
teachers on how to manipulate the new software that is going to be installed in the school.
References Doering, A.H. & Roblyer, M.D. (2010). Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching. Pearson Education INC. USA. Soloman, G. (2001). Deconstructing a grant. Technology and Learning 21(11), 44-52.