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Integrating 21st Century Tools in Riverside Elementary SchoolGrant Proposal ProjectModule 5 - FRIT 7232 October 28, 2013Group Members:Laurie Bennett, Christopher Brist, Lisa WittemanAbstract The Lack of 21st century tools in urban schools can create a learning gap for inner-city children. Riverside Elementary School (RES) is no different with 93.3% of its student population at or below the poverty level. In an effort to bridge the technology gap, we are requesting funds to purchase the 21st century tools that will help these students be prepared to succeed in an ever-changing world (Dockett, Mason & Perry, 2006; Duggan, 2009) . The data gathered from a technology needs assessment shows that all of the classes at RES need to be equipped with Interactive White Boards (IWBs), slates, remote voting devices (clickers) and projection systems. The boards, slates, and projectors will be used to teach engaging lessons while the clickers will be used to gather student assessment data. These assessments provide teachers with real time data that will enable them to adjust instruction to meet the needs of their students while teaching a lesson. Multiple training sessions will be provided for the teachers throughout the year to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills for integrating these new technologies into their curriculum. The Instructional Technology Department, along with various school staff, will follow up with teachers throughout the year to assess their usage and comfort levels with the equipment. The success of this initiative will be based on the overall improvement of student scores on Standardized Tests and common assessments.Demonstrated Need: A needs survey, for technology tools availability and tools training, employing Google Docs was conducted through the Ocean County Schools Systems IT department at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. Twenty-four Riverside Elementary School Teachers (grades K-5) took part in the 10 question survey. The 10 questions related to: school site (1), technology that they have access to (4), and various trainings pertaining to teaching, tools, and collaboration (5). The teachers responses were collected and entered into a Word Document by the IT department (Appendix A). The results yielded a significant negative correlation between the classrooms without technology access and teachers who were not interested in training opportunities and a positive correlation between 21st century classrooms and teachers eagerness for training. The professional development need revealed through the data analysis was that; A - IWBs should be accessible to all teachers in every classroomB - Teachers training should be based on prior knowledge of technology, software familiarity, and tool familiarity. Extensive year round training and support increases teachers utilization of tools and classroom achievement (Duggan, 2009).

Goals and Objectives:Goal #1: 100% of Riverside Elementary School classrooms, in need, will be equipped with IWBs and accessories (Active Boards, ActivSlates , Projectors, and CPS) by June 2014.Objective 1.1: Starting in November 2013, the school system will budget $80,065.00to acquire 20 ActiveBoards ($1300 each) and accessories: 18 ActiveSlates ($300 each); 8 Projectors ($2000 each); and 17 - 28 Pad CPS clicker sets (6 @ $825 each & 11 @ $1,565each ) to fulfill the current need for classrooms lacking in 21st Century equipment by April 2014; allotting time for IT to set up, distribute and install by June 2014, to prepare for Professional Learning during the summer of 2014. Goal #2: 100% of identified Riverside Elementary School classroom teachers will be trained in the basic operation of IWBs and accessories.Objective 2.1: Starting August 2014, classroom teachers will attend and complete mandatory technology training on the basic operation of IWBs and accessories.Objective 2.2: Starting in the 2014 2015 school year, classroom teachers, who completed the 2014 summer workshop training; will be able to operate IWBs and accessories, and receive a 75.00 per day session stipend and 2 PLUS . Goal #3: Ongoing IWB and accessories training will be provided to the teachers by on site trainers (instructional technology staff members and media specialists who are experienced in interactive technology), during regular scheduled professional learning planning times. Objective 3.1: On the first day of pre planning, on site trainers will distribute and collect from teachers; a 29 question computer skills inventory checklist (Appendix B), to group staff by their prior knowledge of technology.Objective 3.2: At the first training, on site trainers will demonstrate how to locate and maneuver IWBs essential tools, techniques and resources employing stages: beginning, intermediate and advanced, to increase the usage rate of interactive technology. Objective 3.3: The next two trainings will provide demonstrations and information on connecting interactive technology and UbD, to ensure active learning and attentive engagement are being observed. Objective 3.4: The final two meetings will be to facilitate and observe the staff as they brainstorm and share their technologies with each other. On site trainers will distribute the same 29 question computer skills inventory checklist, to assess trainings and teachers confidence. Goal 4: Classrooms with new IWBs, will show a positive correlations between interactive technology, teacher training and student achievement utilizing benchmark testing scores.Objective 4.1: September benchmark scores will act as a beginning marker; starting at 0% with a 30% anticipated rate of growth. January benchmarks scores will provide a mid-year assessment marker, of 60% anticipated rate of growth. March benchmark scores will provide a post assessment marker of 90% anticipated growth.Plan of Operation: The projected timeline for this project takes place over a time period from November 2013 through March 2015. The project begins with the acquisition of necessary equipment for every teacher in the school as well as a time for all of the equipment and accessories to be installed in each classroom. During the week before pre-planning of the 2014-2015 school year, the teachers will attend a series of workshops that cover all of the essential knowledge needed to operate the equipment. At the end of this week, teachers will all have a basic working knowledge of the equipment in their classrooms and will be expected to use it in their lessons several times per week, if not daily. They will receive a stipend for this time, since it is outside of their contracted pay schedule. Throughout the school year, the teachers will attend on-going monthly trainings that are meant to enhance their use of their equipment. This training will focus more on the curriculum aspects of lesson planning and will serve as an opportunity for them to exchange ideas among peers. Sample lessons for various topics at each grade level will be suggested that can be used as-is or changed to suit the needs of each class. Differentiation strategies for various learning styles can be discussed so that the equipment can also be used as a means of modifying lessons for special education students in a collaborative classroom setting. Teachers will be encouraged to share lessons with each other. Administrators will periodically observe lessons in each classroom and will expect to see the equipment being implemented in these lessons. As a means to evaluate the effectiveness of using the equipment, the teachers will fill out pre-and post- surveys to compare their level of experience with the equipment as well as their attitudes and willingness to use it in the future (Appendix B). To evaluate student achievement, we will use the benchmarks that are already in place and compare achievements from September 2014, January 2014, and March 2014. The increase in achievement is expected to be higher than those same results from the previous year.Time FrameActivitiesGoals and Objectives

Nov 2013-April 2014Order and purchase all IWB equipment and accessoriesGoal #1Cost: $71,065.00

April 2014-June 2014IWB equipment will be installed into every classroom by company techniciansGoal #1Cost: 0

Summer 2014 1 week prior to pre-planning

Monday two half day hands-on sessions - Teachers select morning or afternoon sessionIntroduction to Activclassroom tools Part 1 (board, slate & software) participants will create Promethean Planet accounts, learn to navigate and search for pre-made filpcharts participants will also learn to use the basic ActivInspire tools (text, colors, undo/redo, shapes, lines)Goal #1Goal #2, Objective #1

Tuesday two half day hands-on sessions - Teachers select morning or afternoon sessionIntroduction to Activclassroom tools Part 2 Review basic tools - navigate and use ActivInspire Browsers to modify pre-made flipcharts to fit class/curricular needsGoal #1Goal #2, Objective #1

Wednesday two half day hands-on sessions - Teachers select morning or afternoon sessionHow do I _______________? Question and answer day - Continue to modify pre-made flipcharts or build from scratch (modify will be easiest)Goal #1Goal #2, Objective #1

Thursday two half day hands-on sessions - Teachers select morning or afternoon sessionCPS/ExamView Basics Import class roster from online gradebook Engage verbal questions - on the fly questions to check student learning (formative) Create and Engage Fast Grade lesson to review assignments (formative) Create an assessment (formative & summative) using ExamView assessment suite. Engage assessment with CPSGoal #1Goal #2, Objective #1

Friday two half day hands-on sessions - Teachers select morning or afternoon sessionDesign common assessments to meet curricular frameworks using ExamView/Learning Series View reports for assessmentsGoal #1Goal #2, Objective #1Cost: $9000.00