Technology Equipment Purchase Simulation

Introduction
Welcome to the new school year. As the principal of NIU elementary school I am very delighted to start off the new school year with such enthusiastic and highly qualified staff. I have a very important announcement to make. With the state budget determined at the last minute before the school year began, I have just been notified that we have $3,000 dollars that can be used for technology equipment.

Task
In your proposal you need to demonstrate that your team can use the purchased equipment in an educationally sound manner that will assist student learning. Therefore, in your proposals I would like you to describe what type of activities students would be engaged in with the equipment you request to purchase.

Remember that each teacher room is already equipped with 1 teacher station that includes: a computer with a Pentium 4 processor, flat screen monitor, keyboard, mouse, 1 color inkjet printer, 2 USB ports, 1 CD/CDRW/DVD burner, Windows XP system, and Microsoft Office, 1 data projection unit, and T1 connection to the Internet. Additionally, our school has a web server where you and your students can host a class website. Please remember that the average class size this year at your elementary school is 22 students per class.

Process

I understand that this is a very short notice; therefore, I have set aside some time from today's scheduled professional development activity for you to work in your teams to prepare your proposals. Please submit your proposals to my office in print and electronically. The proposal ought to include the following materials:

A word processed statement no more than a full page single spaced that include the following:
  • Project title
  • Project team member names
  • Course number and section number
  • Requested amount of funding
  • Equipment requested for purchase
  • Student activities that this equipment will support
  • Expected outcomes: How would your project assist student learning? What specifically would students learn?
*Note: Your written statement should be in full sentences.

An electronic spreadsheet with a detailed budget including the following information:
  • Equipment name
  • Manufacturer name
  • Manufacturer web address
  • Unit price
  • Quantity requested
  • Subtotal (unit price multiplied by quantity requested)
  • Grand total (provide the sum of the cost for the total equipment purchase you are requesting)
*Note: The grand total estimated expenditures in your spreadsheet must be calculated by an equation
An electronic presentation of your proposal that you will present to a panel of teachers. All proposal components should be included in this presentation. I will expect that your presentation will last 5 minutes. Therefore, you need to be succinct yet to the point.

Resources

Project Ideas Resources
"Buyers Guide 2004" http://www.scsite.com/tdc3/index.cfm?action=buyers&chapter=2
Visit the following websites. You will find lesson plans that may give you ideas on what type of equipment you would need in your future teaching:
Time management and division of roles within team
As there is very limited time for your teams to work on this proposal, I suggest that you use your time wisely and assign specific tasks for each member. Decide how much time you are going to work together as a group to develop the outline of your proposal and how much time individuals are going to be given for completing their assigned task and sharing what they did with the team. Then assign specific roles and tasks (such as a person in charge of the proposal, a person in charge of the spreadsheet, a person in charge of creating the presentation, and a person in charge of researching on the Internet)

Evaluation
The rubric that I will use for prioritizing which projects will be funded is on a 5 point scale as follows:

5 points
The proposed equipment purchase and promised technology integration activities will be beneficial to a wide range of students (multiple grade level), or students with critical needs. Students will be engaged in multidisciplinary learning activities, and will be given the opportunity to actively participate in the learning process. Additionally, teacher teams are cooperative, highly effective, and demonstrates the skills for using online resources to support student learning.
4 points
The proposed equipment purchase and promised technology integration activities will be beneficial for one of our grade levels. Students will be engaged in multidisciplinary learning activities, and will be given the opportunity to actively participate in the learning process. Additionally, teacher teams are cooperative, highly effective, and demonstrates the skills for using online resources to support student learning.
3 points
The proposed equipment purchase and promised technology integration activities will be beneficial to a limited number of students in a single classroom. Students will be engaged in learning activities that are not necessarily multidisciplinary, and may not be given the opportunity to actively participate in the learning process. Additionally, teacher teams are cooperative, highly effective, and demonstrates the skills for using online resources to support student learning.
2 points
The proposed equipment purchase and promised technology integration activities will not be beneficial for the majority of the students in our school. Additionally, teacher teams are cooperative, highly effective, and demonstrates the skills for using online resources to support student learning.
1 point
The proposed equipment purchase and promised technology integration activities will not bring any benefits to students in our school

Conclusion
This activity was designed for you to engage in the following course objectives:

  • Identify and evaluate technology resources to support diverse learners and to develop engaged learning environments.
Reflect on the following questions and be prepared to share your ideas with your class in whole group discussion format:
  • What went well in this activity?
  • What did you learn from this activity?
  • Did this activty address the above course objectives?
  • What did not go well?
  • What would you do differently when engaged in future class projects?
  • What would you do differently when engaged in future team projects?
Last Updated January 6, 2011
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