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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

iDon't have iPads: Writing iPad/Technology Grants


Many people have asked me how I ended up with 32 iPads in my classroom. Simple Answer: I wrote a grant (with the help of my good friend Amy Jarrett-Clancy!). So then you may ask - where can I get a grant to purchase iPads or other technology for my classroom? Hopefully this post will aid you in your quest to tech-nify your classrooms.

First, try contacting your district's technology education department. In my travels and work, I have heard that many school districts are allocating funding for technology - some specifically for iPads. If your district is not doing this, then consider these fundraising and grant opportunities:

- DonorsChoose.org
- Chicago teachers: Chicago Foundation for Education small grant
- Fundraisers in your school
- Appealing to your principal (showing him/her the benefits of technology integration, perhaps even visiting a school implementing iPad or other technology of interest)
- Michigan Teachers: You could apply for MACUL grants!
- Check out this site with an index of technology grants: Technology Grants News
- Also take a look at this other site with technology grant info
- Google "technology grants" and see what comes up!

Once you have chosen a grant source, begin to consider how you can integrate the technology into your daily instruction. Grant readers often want to know that the technology being provided will be used long-term - not simply for a one-quarter or even one-year unit. Take a step outside of the box and consider how the specific technology can support each subject in an effective way. Understand that this may mean a complete change in the way you teach - and it will be quite an adjustment for you and your colleagues. Expect a period of long nights, trial and error, more error, more trial, interspersed with moments of "Oh wow! That makes so much more sense!"

Some details that could be helpful to include in your technology grant:
  • Daily schedule including activities- How will the technology be used throughout your daily instruction? Be as detailed as possible - even including a rough lesson plan. Focus on sustainability of the activities - is this an activity that is a one-time deal, or can it be repeated throughout the year as a routine or an avenue to assess/learn/teach etc.?
    • Activities' alignment to standards - Both State/Common Core content standards as well as NETS technology standards 
    • Assessment of activity - How will you assess student progress in content objectives? Can you use the technology to assess? (Google Forms, E-Clicker, Edmodo, etc.)
    •  Apps / Programs you will use - Why are you using these apps / programs? How will they improve student progress?
  • Technology Assessments - How will you assess student progress in technology standards?
  • Collaboration - How will you share / disseminate your experience using iPads in your classroom with colleagues? (blog, school-wide PD, etc.)
  • Project evaluation - How will you evaluate the effectiveness of your grant? How will you track growth in student achievement with and without the iPads?
Here is a link to the iPad grant we wrote at my school: http://www.msmagiera.com/ipad-grant
Note that what we wrote and what has actually happened vary greatly. Since we were one of the first schools to try using iPads in the classroom, we didn't have a lot of resources from which to draw when researching how we would use this technology. As we learn from trial and error, and our colleagues at other iPad schools, we are evolving our practice and trying new and exciting teaching techniques, apps and technology applications.

Recently we wrote an expansion grant to acquire additional carts of iPads. This grant was even more detailed than the first (including NETS standards) and chronicled our progress thus far (much of which I've described on this blog). Happily, our expansion grant was approved and in the next month myself, our music teacher and middle school special education teacher will be receiving iPad carts - loaded with iPad2! Hopefully I can convince them to write a blog post here about their progress :)....

23 comments:

  1. Do you have a link to the newer grant you wrote? I'm working on a grant for a special project and would like to get iPads in my classroom as a high school social studies teacher.

    Thanks,

    Zack

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  2. Sure! Here you go. Please let me know if you have any other questions!

    http://www.msmagiera.com/ntas-ipad-expansion-grant

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  3. Google couldn't find the above link. Is the link correct? Thanks!

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  4. It should work. Here it is again!
    http://www.msmagiera.com/ntas-ipad-expansion-grant

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  5. Could I use your grant as a guide to writting a grant to get ipads at my childrens school? who would I sent this to when it is done?
    Ronda

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    1. Hi Jennie,

      I'm reading your blog.........thanks for sharing the information it's great. May I ask where (what foundation or organization) did you submit your grant to obtain the IPads? of can you point us in the right direction

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    2. Sadly it was only for last year and was for CPS only. :(

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  6. Sure! I'm not sure where you can submit it. You'd need to find a grant being offered in your area. Try the links I included above!

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  7. I am starting to write a small grant in order to purchase an ipad for each math teacher in our school. I am struggling with what direction I need to go in regards to effective use. Do you have nay suggestions?

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  8. Sure! I strongly suggest the flipped classroom model:
    http://teachinglikeits2999.blogspot.com/2011/04/cloning-teachers.html

    Also, using screencasting to enhance student math metacognition:
    http://teachinglikeits2999.blogspot.com/2011/08/screenchomping-math-metacognition.html
    AND
    http://teachinglikeits2999.blogspot.com/2011/09/showme-more-math-metacognition.html

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  9. I am looking to write a grant for our school for 1-to-1 ipads for at least one classroom. I'd like to read your entire blog to follow your story from the beginning. Where do you recommend I start? I really enjoy what I've read so far, but like to go in order so I feel like I've covered everything you've posted from the beginning to now.

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  10. Wow, thank you! I am quite flattered that you're interested in reading so much. If you want to start at the very beginning, you can begin at my first post on 3/30/2011: http://teachinglikeits2999.blogspot.com/2011/03/well-here-i-am.html

    If you'd like an abridged version to save time, here are my Top Ten Posts to give you a quick synopsis of our 1:1 program and my learning:
    http://teachinglikeits2999.blogspot.com/2011/03/dear-google-i-love-you-will-you-marry.html
    http://teachinglikeits2999.blogspot.com/2011/04/cloning-teachers.html
    http://teachinglikeits2999.blogspot.com/2011/05/speaking-loudly-with-virtual-voices.html
    http://teachinglikeits2999.blogspot.com/2011/07/reflecting-on-my-ipad-grant-thus-far.html
    http://teachinglikeits2999.blogspot.com/2011/08/whetting-your-appetite-vol8-not-all.html
    http://teachinglikeits2999.blogspot.com/2011/08/screenchomping-math-metacognition.html
    http://teachinglikeits2999.blogspot.com/2011/09/digitize-to-improve-not-because-you-can.html
    http://teachinglikeits2999.blogspot.com/2011/10/breaking-down-to-rebuild-redefining.html
    http://teachinglikeits2999.blogspot.com/2011/11/my-brave-and-amazing-colleagues.html
    http://teachinglikeits2999.blogspot.com/2012_01_01_archive.html

    Please let me know if you have any other questions!

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  11. Help!! I was just awarded 6 ipads from the Golden Apple Foundation. Does anyone have any experience with property purchased with grant money? Can I take these with me when I leave to another school. My principal says no, I say yes.

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  12. Items purchased with grant money usually become property of the school district and not personal property. I have written several grants for math items. I have had to leave all the items when I changed schools.

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  13. Flipped classrooms is the great modern technology and students have traditionally done in class and at home to learn.This technology shows the signs of success.

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  14. Has anyone out here had to outline their current infrastructure necessary to implement an iPad math programs. I just walked on to an aging network (no maintenance for 4-5 years)not much documentation on the current infrastructure yet was just asked to find-out everything within a couple of days to apply for a grant. I'm looking at how to find the readiness of our building's infrastructure and any areas that will need improvement prior to a successful implementation. And the costs we may incur without knowing what is needed.

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    1. Sorry, I personally have not! I am learning more about that now as we look to upgrade our network's wireless system, but am certainly not an IT expert.

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  15. How could you use iPads in an English classrooms and writing class?

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    1. Check out this blog for some ideas! http://literacyspark.wordpress.com/

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  16. Hello!! I teach 5th grade in a private parochial school where there is only one teacher per grade with limited class sizes. It is a wonderful environment to teach in but does have its disadvantages when it comes to funding. ALL of our funding comes from donations and churches (little to no money). Almost everything in my classroom, I have purchased myself. Over Christmas break, I bought an I Pad. I love it and use it so much! I would love to have one or more for my classroom. I know the only way to achieve this is through a grant. I am at a bit of a disadvantage because we do not have an IT/technology teacher, grant writer, or even a full-time principal on staff. Since Christmas, I have searched online for tips and tricks to grant writing & grant availability but we usually do not qualify b/c of our overall student population, low free/reduced lunch ratio, etc. I am getting a bit discouraged and more so....overwhelmed. Any help or insight you could provide would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!!

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    1. That's so tough... so many teachers are ready to redefine their classrooms but for lack of funding can't get the devices they need. I'd say don't wait for the big class-set grant. Instead keep going with Donor's Choose or other small grants and start amassing a small center set - once you have 3-6 iPads, you can run them in small groups. Keep building over time, like one might do with their classroom libraries. Hopefully along the way a bigger grant will become available.

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  17. In your grant, you refer to the use of Every Day Mathematics. Is this the McGraw-Hill book program? When I looked at it online, they don't mention much about technology.

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  18. One of school improvement goals is to close the achievement gap between our SWD and Highest performing students in Math (we are a Focus school in Georgia). Do you have any suggestions of what I should include in my Grant proposals that would address this issue?

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