As a technology integrationist, I often write proposal to the senior administration team when there is a proposal regarding technology's role to enhance student learning. Below is a proposal that I recently submitted to try and convince the administration to refurbish some older laptops in order to get closer to a 1 to 1 ratio of devices in the upper elementary school. Many schools have old devices that are lost in a backroom. With a simple cleaning and cannibalizing of parts many can be re-purposed for use. It can also reduce a school's e-waste. Most applications are now web based and the besides a good Internet connection, they don't need a very powerful computer for most tasks. Hopefully the proposal example can assist you in your endeavors as well;)Currently AISD has ten laptops for each classroom in Grades 3 to 5. Both teachers and students find this limited access to technology to be challenging, particularly when technology integration is currently a school wide focus. Having 100% accessibility to a device per student will increase their learning (Zheng, Warschauer, Lin, & Chang, 2016). At AISD, the use of Google Apps is highly encouraged, which, in turn, requires individual student access to computers. 1 to 1 programs are used widely across NESA, ERCOS, and AASSA to help accomplish academic goals. To alleviate the issue of limited stock of device on hand, I propose that the additional devices come from out-of-service older Macbooks that are in storage. I have successfully refurbished older devices with Edubuntu in many school over the years. These 40 laptops can grant every student in upper ES a device, allowing them to have access to digital resources thereby enhancing their learning environments. The implementation of a 1 to 1 program can be accomplished with little to no cost, and with many gains to student learning. Plan of Action • The Technology Department currently has 40 serviceable laptops that can be used for Internet based applications. • The operating systems may not be uniform, but this can be dealt with a brief lesson to students and teachers. • Extra storage of devices will not be needed as the existing carts can be retrofitted to accommodate the additional laptops. Benefits • Integration of technology offers educators effective ways to reach different types of learners. • It empowers student’s intrinsic motivation for learning while allowing for multiple ways for assessment of understanding. • Technology enhances relationships and allows teachers to be the facilitators of learning while engaging students. • Data states that technology fosters 21st century skills, promotes participation, facilitates interaction and establishes connections to real world creativity. • Students who were engaged in 1:1 programs were less likely to have disciplinary problems than without 1:1. • Some proponents in one to one programs believe that there will be saving in other academic areas and reduced disciplinary issues. • Promote communication and collaboration amongst students and staff. Research • In regards to student achievement, more research is needed to the long term benefits and/or negative effects on 1:1 technology. • The benefits have outweighed the negatives in studies that have been conducted. • Students’ writing skills have developed more rapidly with the technology integration. • Utilizing technology resources in curriculum and instruction will enhance face-to-face learning and increase student engagement that will result in students developing a deeper intrinsic motivation for their learning. • Empowering students to be self-motivated learners and ensuring that curriculum and instruction are aligned with 21st Century skills and tools will lead to improved student academic and assessment performance. Learning Principles • Critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and creativity. • Students are given the access to information, applications and programs that will enhance expression and communication beyond the walls of the classroom. • Technology enables the access to information which in turn creates a student centered classroom which is project based. • Communication is improved and feedback can be formative or summative. • Students collaboration is heightened to by sharing on Google docs and engagement is prevalent through the usage of Activengage voting. • Devices can be used to share resources, multimedia clips, digital stories or online resources. • One to one programs provide teachers and students equal access to technology to be used in all content areas. • It can help teachers with curriculum instruction, assessment, as well as provide opportunities for diversity, a literate environment, and differentiation. • One to one programs give the teacher the ability to use UDL applications to assist student where needed. • It can also enable teachers to cross disciplines seamlessly. • Classroom networks facilitate learner-centered environments because they require every student to think actively during class. • Technology supports and fosters the four C’s: communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. Reference Zheng, B., Warschauer, M., Lin, C., & Chang, C. (2016). Learning in One-to-One Laptop Environments: A Meta-Analysis and Research Synthesis. Review Of Educational Research. http://dx.doi.org/10.3102/0034654316628645
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