Technology Integration is a four part series on essential questions, technology integration resources, web page design, and multimedia in projects. Sections contain relevant opening essays and resources.
Part 1: Essential Questions
Part 2: Technology Integration Resources
Tech Resources (Page 1): Best Practices for Teaching and Learning with Technology
Tech Resources (Page 2) : Building Internet, Search and Citation Skills has subsections:
Tech Resources (Page 3): Online Student and Computer Safety (with software suggestions)
Tech Resources (Page 4): Grants, Other Funding, Grant Writing, and Free Resources; Low-Cost School Computer Resources
Part 3: Web Page Design
Part 4: Multimedia in Projects
HOT: Get the scoop on the Stimulus ARRA monies, the 2010 FCC National Broadband Plan and updates, and Modernizing the E-Rate.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 was signed into law by President Barack Obama on February 17, 2009. As of September 30, 2010, the Department of Education's entire $97.4 billion in Recovery Act appropriation had been awarded. Read about the Recovery Act Highlights at the U.S. Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov/recovery
Find out about funding your state received under Recovery Act education programs (U.S. Dept. of Ed., Overview of the Recovery Act section): http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/leg/recovery/state-fact-sheets/index.html
Read the following reports on Race to the Top:
Howell, W. G. (2015). Results of President Obama's Race to the Top. Education Next, 15(4), 58-66. Retrieved from http://educationnext.org/results-president-obama-race-to-the-top-reform/ Per William Howell, "This study examined the effects of this initiative around the country on education policymaking" (p. 58).
Dragoset, L., Thomas, J., Herrmann, M., Deke, J., James-Burdumy, S., Graczewski, C., Boyle, A., Tanenbaum, C., Giffin, J., & Upton, R. (2016). Race to the Top: Implementation and Relationship to Student Outcomes (NCEE 2017-4001). Washington, DC: National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved from https://mathematica-mpr.com/our-publications-and-findings/publications/race-to-the-top-implementation-and-relationship-to-student-outcomes Per Mathematica Policy Research, "This report describes the Race to the Top (RTT) policies and practices states reported using in spring 2013 and examines the relationship between RTT and student achievement. The evaluation compares outcomes for the 12 early RTT states that received Round 1 or Round 2 grants in 2010, 7 later RTT states that received Round 3 grants in 2011, and 32 non-RTT states that did not receive grants" (online para. 2). There are 267 pages.
Read the 2010 FCC National Broadband Plan: Connecting America for its impact on education and the E-rate. For example, the "FCC's plan recommends changes to E-rate to allow wireless educational solutions that serve students on and off campus" (Education Highlights section).
The FCC continues to monitor the E-rate program and broadband progress. For example:
E-Rate Central provides e-rate consulting, compliance, and forms processing services for e-rate applicants. You'll also find information pertaining to CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act) and E-rate funding in Internet Safety Policies and CIPA: An E-Rate Primer for Schools and Libraries, which was prepared by E-Rate Central (n.d.). For example, "CIPA compliance is required for any school or library receiving E-rate funds for three of the four eligible service categories – Internet Access, Internal Connections, and Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections. Applicants for Telecommunications services only, are exempt" (Introduction to CIPA Compliance section, p. 1).
Most questions about additional funding are best answered by contacting your state education technology agency. The U.S. Department of Education provides contact information: http://www.ed.gov/programs/edtech/contacts.html. However, the following resources might benefit you.
American Association of School Administrators Use the search tool for resources for grants and funding.
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity to help students in need. "[P]ublic school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class" (About section). Project requests have included for technology products.
eSchool News Funding is a comprehensive section on Grants and Funding. You can also subscribe to their Grants and Funding ALERT, which will include an e-mail newsletter twice a month. You'll get:
Edutopia.org from the George Lucas Foundation maintains a list of corporate, nonprofit, and government grant-making institutions, periodicals with grant information, and more.
Foundation Center "is the most authoritative source of information on private philanthropy in the United States. [They] help grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public better understand the field of philanthropy. [Their] web site is designed to guide you quickly to the information you are looking for—instruction on funding research, help with proposal writing, tools for locating prospective funders, news and research on the field, or a library or training class near you" (sec: New Visitors).
Fund for Teachers offers grants for preK-12th grade educators to support learning experiences locally or world-wide. Applicants can design their own fellowships to "develop skills, knowledge and confidence that impact student achievement" (About Us section). Individuals may be awarded up to $5000 and teams up to $10,000. To be eligible, an applicant must also have at least three years teaching experience, be employed full-time with "at least 50% of their work week in direct instruction with students in a classroom or classroom-like setting" and intend to continue teaching in the consecutive school year.
Funds for Learning is an educational technology consulting firm specializing in the federal E-rate program. FFL helps K-12 schools, libraries and businesses benefit from this and other ed-tech funding opportunities designed to get them connected to the Internet. There is also a blog to boost understanding of the E-rate program.
GetEdFunding.com is a free service for registered users. It is a database with details on current grants available for preK-12 and higher education. You can search by state, focus (e.g., assessment, mathematics, technology, STEM), content area, 21st century themes and skills, grade level, and institution eligibility. Grants details are then provided, including deadlines for application. You can also save grants to your wish list. The site is sponsored by CDW-G.
Grants.gov helps to find and apply for Federal government grants.
Mathematics Education Trust (MET), established by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, provides funds to support classroom teachers in the areas of improving classroom practices and increasing teachers' mathematical knowledge. "MET supports the improvement of mathematics teaching and learning at the classroom level through the funding of grants, awards, honors, and other projects by channeling the generosity of contributors into classroom-based efforts that benefit all students." See NCTM: Grants & Awards.
Technology Grant News is a subscription based service published 4 times a year, which also includes a grant index of your choice to also keep you abreast of new technology funding. Schools would be particularly interested in the grant index options for educational technology, K-12, and higher education.
Techlearning.com Grants Directory and Calendar. Scroll down the list of resources to the grants directory and calendar. In the section for TIPS, you will also find the Grant Guru, a blog with the valuable tips on all phases of grant writing, from a highly experienced grant writer.
T.H.E. Journal maintains a list of K-12 grants available for classrooms, schools, and districts.
The School Funding Center contains a school grants database. It claims to list "every federal, state, foundation, and corporate grant available in the United States" (About Us section). It is updated daily. There is also a section for grant writing help. The site is subscription based, but there is a free trial to see how the system works.
Toshiba America Foundation offers grants for use in projects designed by classroom teachers to improve science and mathematics education for students in grades K-12.
The U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology has a list of technology grant programs, and includes sections for its involvement in projects and initiatives, and research and reports.
Does your school need computers and technology products and help with decision making?
If you are considering purchasing refurbished computers, consider the following 5 Questions to Ask When Buying Used Hardware (Meyer, 2014):
CDI, Computer Dealers Inc., sells refurbished, brand name computers to the educational market for a fraction of what it costs for new. The product range includes "brand name refurbished computers manufactured by Tier 1 manufacturers (Dell, HP/Compaq & IBM)" and others. CDI also has a "focus on the units and models preferred by Technical Coordinators." You'll find "corporate-grade PC's, notebooks and LCD's in stock as well as Mobile Cart solutions and Electronic Whiteboards." Warranties are included with your purchase.
Computers for Learning transfers excess Federal computers to nonprofit educational organizations and public, private, parochial, or home schools serving pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students within the U.S. or its territories. Special consideration is given to those with greatest need.
GovConnection is "dedicated to fulfilling the unique, specialized IT needs of federal, state, and local governments and academic institutions (K-12 and higher education) throughout the United States" (About Us section). Technology specialists will help professionals make informed decisions and reduce costs.
Are you starting a one-to-one laptop initiative? Do you need policies to go with it?
If so, then your district might be interested in the Laptop Policy, Procedures, and Information Handbook of Skoglund Middle School and Center High School in Colorado.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. (2009, February 17). Retrieved from http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=204335,00.html
ASCD. (2009). Planning the possible: How schools can use stimulus dollars for lasting impact. Alexandria, VA: Author. Retrieved from http://stimulus.ascd.org/ascd/2009#pg1
E-Rate Central (n.d.). Internet safety policies and CIPA: An e-rate primer for schools and libraries. Retrieved from http://e-ratecentral.com/CIPA/default.asp
Federal Communications Commission. (2010, March 16). National broadband plan: Connecting America. Retrieved from http://www.broadband.gov/
Mead, S. (2009, May). Building a solid foundation: How states and school districts can use federal stimulus funds to support proficiency by third grade. New America Foundation. Retrieved from http://newamerica.net/files/Building_A_Solid_Foundation.pdf
Meyer, L. (2014, February 19). 5 questions to ask before buying used hardware. T.H.E. Journal. Retrieved from http://thejournal.com/Articles/2014/02/19/5-Questions-To-Ask-Before-Buying-Used-Hardware.aspx
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