Friday, October 16, 2009

Journal: Show Us the Money

"Show Us the Money! - Planning and Preparation Can Help You Get Ed Tech Stimulus Funding" written by: Davis H. Brock

There is often a disconnect between the usage of technology for students outside of school to that inside the classroom. Living in a period where technology is so advanced it is important to bring it into the classroom for current education. So how do we get it into our classrooms, without spending our entire income? Stimulus Funds - "with the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), we have the opportunity to make significant strides in bringing technology into the classroom in meaningful ways and ending the digital disconnect."

So, how do you get the funds?
  • Create a plan
  • Research results
  • Find success stories
  • Find out what's available (money-wise, within the district)
  • Create a spreadsheet
  • Include professional development
  • Make the presentation look good :)
  • Develop relationships
  • and Keep knocking at the door

These are all the things you need to consider when asking for stimulus funds and/or grants. There are so many ways to get out there and find money to improve technology in the classroom, so make sure you have all your ducks in a row when you are ready to present your request. This article basically walked you through the process in creating a successful request for funding for technology. Not only do these steps help for technology grants, but are good to keep in mind when asking for any other types of grant monies.

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