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The following is a grant proposal that would fund the purchase of 4 Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7" 16GB tablet computers, along with necessary accessories. These tablets would be used to enhance technology skills and promote science content learning with increased focus on raising science proficiency rates on classroom pre- and post- test assessment data in seventh grade students, as documented as Deliberate Practice on Baseline Edge website.

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Promoting Successful Science Learning via Tablet Technology

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School:
Paxton School 
Subject:
STEM Education 
Teacher:
Maryllyn Zessin 
Students Impacted:
  
Grade:
6-8 
Date:
October 28, 2016

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

CHELCO - $828.88

 

Goal

The following is a grant proposal that would fund the purchase of 4 Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7" 16GB tablet computers, along with necessary accessories. These tablets would be used to enhance technology skills and promote science content learning with increased focus on raising science proficiency rates on classroom pre- and post- test assessment data in seventh grade students, as documented as Deliberate Practice on Baseline Edge website.  

 

What will be done with my students

The focus of this grant proposal is to increase seventh grade student achievement through the integration of technology into the science curriculum in the classroom. Technology has shown to produce a more meaningful learning experience for students by providing interactive activities that promote higher order thinking. Integrating and utilizing technology is one of several ways to achieve increased seventh grade science curriculum proficiency rates. With limited technological resources available in my middle school science classroom, many students miss out on valuable opportunities to learn content through the rich experiences that technology can provide. Grant funds would be used to purchase tablet computers that could be used to provide these rich experiences on a more regular basis.  

 

Benefits to my students

With the purchase of tablets, I would aim to increase seventh grade student science based proficiency rates in the classroom through the following methods.
1. Provide more options for whole classroom instruction through technology.
Currently, my classroom is equipped with only two desktop computers that are available for technology integration. These computers experience some type of malfunction throughout the year because of their age or the occasional instance of student abuse. This poses classroom technology availability issues, where my class sizes are close to, or exceeding, 20 students. With the addition of four tablets in my classroom, the available resources for whole-classroom, technology-guided instruction would be more than tripled.
Perceived lack of motivation to incorporate technology-based instruction is due to the popularity of our two computer labs as an educational environment. Long-term planning is required in most cases because of how often, and how far out, teachers schedule time in the computer lab to ensure lab availability. Increased accessibility of technology resources in my classroom (tablets), would substantially increase my willingness to create more technologically rich activities to promote student learning of the science curriculum.
2. Provide additional instructional time for technology-related learning activities.
The amount of time left for instructional activities when using the computer lab is significantly less than that of performing computer based activities in the classroom. The need for additional tasks such as: walking to the computer lab with my classes, extra time for attendance, long login procedures, and long shut down procedures, have a significant impact on the amount of time left for the actual instructional activity.
Tablets alleviate many of these factors. Since the computers would already in the classroom, there would be no travelling time between different classrooms nor longer than usual attendance procedures. Also, the startup and shutoff time for a tablet is only a few seconds which is substantially less than the startup and shutdown times for a desktop/laptop computer. Finally, the need for logging into different profiles from student to student is eliminated since user profiles are not currently used on tablet computers.
3. Obtain professional development for teachers on best practices for tablet use in the classroom.
I would attend free professional development trainings, thus no portion of grant funds would be allocated to provide myself with professional development on best educational practices for tablet use. Training would further promote proper incorporation of tablets in my lessons. Professional development would be specific to the tablet selected for implementation. I would also, if given the opportunity, demonstrate the knowledge learned during this workshop to other faculty members so that every teacher would feel more at ease with tablet implementation.

Evaluation:
To determine whether the maximum learning potential of the tablets has been achieved, seventh grade students will complete a variety of surveys, as well as perform and undergo observations. Additionally, to examine possible increase in student proficiency rates, there will be a variety of data collection and analysis on practice and actual pre- and post- test assessment data.

Student Testing Data
Testing trends will be closely monitored throughout the school year using teacher created pre- and post- test assessments. Trends in the data will be examined to verify growth of knowledge over the course of the year. Growth will be quantified and determined via Deliberate Practice on the Baseline Edge website. 

 

Budget Narrative

This grant proposal aims to increase the opportunity to utilize technology to promote science content learning in my classroom at Paxton School to increase proficiency rates on the state administered examinations: FCAT Science, administered in the eighth grade.
In order to increase the science learning potential, proposed funds would be used to purchase four Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7" Tablets 16GB and, to increase longevity of each device lifespan, four JETech Gold Slim-Fit Smart Case Covers for Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7" Tablets for a final cost of $828.88.
The Galaxy Tab and Case Cover were each priced through walmart.com.
The tablets would be the main component of the proposed elevated learning environment created through this grant.

 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7" Tablet 16GB $199.00
2 Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7" Tablet 16GB $199.00
3 Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7" Tablet 16GB $199.00
4 Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7" Tablet 16GB $199.00
5 JETech Gold Slim-Fit Smart Case Cover for Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7" Tablet $8.22
6 JETech Gold Slim-Fit Smart Case Cover for Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7" Tablet $8.22
7 JETech Gold Slim-Fit Smart Case Cover for Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7" Tablet $8.22
8 JETech Gold Slim-Fit Smart Case Cover for Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7" Tablet $8.22
  Total: $828.88

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