Grant: Computer Furniture

Access Granted: Technology Literacy for All! I wrote 3 grants in 2019, and I will be sharing each grant with you in entirety. Please peruse the grant below and feel free to adapt any information that you may find useful.

Title
Access Granted: Technology Literacy for All

Brief Project Summary 

Our students and teachers have nowhere to go to learn, create, collaborate, and share with an emphasis on educational technology. We have a room. We have the technology. But we do not have computer furniture or seating. This funding request will provide a space for (1) student technology ambassador trainings, (2) student trainings conducted by student technology ambassadors, (3) student educational technology activities, and (4) teacher technology professional development. “There is nowhere at school for someone to show me how to use technology. I have to go to the Apple Store or Microsoft Store,” – student.

Purpose (statement of what grant project will do and accomplish) 

“There is nowhere at school for someone to show me how to use technology. I have to go to the Apple Store or Microsoft Store,” – student.

The requested funds will purchase standing height computer tables and seating designed to comfortably provide a working surface and house technology equipment for academic and professional use in a dedicated educational technology center on campus. We already have a room and access to the technology. The requested furnishings are the missing pieces hindering educational technology training and support.

“When we ask students to research, the students can go to the library. Librarians can assist students with databases and best research practices. But on the other hand, when we expect students to use software that has already been purchased by the district, we don’t have a place for them to go for the expert assistance to work on their skills,” – teacher.

“There really needs to be a dedicated campus facility for edtech trainings other than a computer lab because on weekly training days classes cannot use that lab,” – teacher.

In addition to addressing the student and teacher concerns above, an education technology center would allow for the creation of a Student Technology Ambassador program allowing students to serve as peer helpers in regards to technology literacy.

SMART Objective (list the goals you intend to accomplish with this project and how you will measure these objectives to determine the impact of the project)

Goals:

1. Create and maintain a physical environment that fosters technology literacy including standing height computer tables and seating designed to comfortably provide a working surface and house technology equipment for academic and professional use.

2. Provide expert assistance and instruction responsive to the technology needs of students and teachers.

SMART Objectives to meet Goals:

100% of students will have access to the educational technology center before school and during lunch until full or by scheduled appointment by September 2019.

Acquire at least 50 additional students utilizing the educational technology center each month beginning September 2019 by teacher referrals, student referrals, school announcements, and a social media marketing campaign via campus social media.

Increase student technology proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 and Canvas Learning Management System by 80% by one-on-one sessions conducted by the Educational Technology Specialist. Proficiency will be self-measured by the student via a survey indicated the help requested and proficiency level after assistance.

100% of teachers will have access to the educational technology center during conference periods by September 2019.

Increase teacher technology professional development training 2018-2019 attendance by 25% by offering weekly training sessions with Educational Technology Specialist.

90 – 100% of Student Technology Ambassadors will demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office 365. Proficiency will be measured by their ability to conduct a mock training by October 2019.

90 – 100% of Student Technology Ambassadors will demonstrate proficiency in Canvas Learning Management System. Proficiency will be measured by their ability to conduct a mock training by October 2019.

90 – 100% of Student Technology Ambassadors will conduct at least 2 student trainings per month beginning November 2019.

Project Description (specifically, how will your project improve, advance or enrich student learning? How does this project support the district’s mission and/or your campus plan? Include research as support for why you want to implement this project. Be sure to include strategies to achieve the goals and objectives listed and research to support why you choose to use this plan of action over another)

This grant will allow us to create an area where we can develop a Student Technology Ambassador Program. Student Technology Ambassadors will work directly with the campus educational technology specialist on technology skills empowering them to serve as peer helpers in the classroom and to conduct technology trainings for other students in the space. Research suggests that student technology ambassador programs serve as a way to spread technology skills throughout the school community and cultivate a student environment of exploration, experimentation, and learning.

This grant will allow us to provide a space for students to receive technology assistance before school and during their hour-long lunch. Use of the space includes but is not limited to: one-on-one assistance, group assistance, students trainings led by ambassadors, individual projects, group projects, educational technology enrichment and extension activities, and opportunities to expand technology interest and expertise.

This grant will allow us to provide a space for professional development which will eliminate our current need to remove a computer lab from student use on professional development days. Teachers may use the space during conference period and after school. Use of the space includes but is not limited to: professional development training, one-on-one assistance, group assistance, team meetings that require technology access, and department meetings that require technology access.

The educational technology center will mimic the Apple Store in order to encourage learner attention and retention. Educational learning spaces expert Ryan Bretag: “Look at Apple Stores. These are magnetic learning spaces that we as educators should take note of. Most people in the Apple Store aren’t making a purchase. What draws people in? It’s this feeling of wanting to be a part of whatever is happening in there. The Apple Store is a learning experience. There’s hands-on exploration with the products. There’s guided support and trouble-shooting with the Genius Bar. And there are even classes! Yes, the middle of the Apple Store is always packed because people are engaged in a training. Collaboration and creation are going on inside of the store. If this is how people are learning outside of schools, why are we not bridging the gap to design learning spaces in our school the same way?”

This project will help support the district’s mission of preparing students to perform at their highest potential and producing global citizens of tomorrow because the educational technology center will promote the 21st century learning framework, equip students with technology skills needed for higher education and careers, and train teachers on how technology integration allows students to apply technology skills to learning and problem-solving.

Project Evaluation (explain how you will measure the success of this project. How do you plan to share the results with your campus, district and Education Foundation?)

The success of this project will be measured by:

1. A log of student use of the educational technology center;

2. Surveying students receiving assistance in the educational technology center (self-measurement indicating the help requested and proficiency level after assistance);

3. Surveying students attending trainings conducted by Student Technology Ambassadors (evaluation of training session and self-measurement of proficiency level at the end of training);

4. Log of teacher attendance at technology professional development trainings (expected increase of at least 25% from 2018-2019);

5. Surveying teachers receiving assistance and attending trainings in the educational technology center.

These results will be shared with the campus, district, and Pearland ISD Education Foundation.

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