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Assignment 1: Project Proposal
Due Week 4 and worth 200 points

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For this assignment, pretend you are a middle school teacher for an inner city school with a high population of students with a low socioeconomic background. The school currently uses noncomputer-based technologies in the classroom. However, school administrators just received an educational grant and are evaluating how the funds can best be used. You are excited about what you have learned in the class and want to make a proposal for use of the grant funds.

Create a proposal to present to the principal to encourage the adoption and integration of technology in the classroom. The proposal must be persuasive and demonstrate how integrating technology in the classroom or training program will improve overall student engagement.

Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you:

1.      Summarize the elements of the current teaching environment and the potential impact on the students.

2.      Specify your readiness and rationale for recommending integration of technology into teaching and learning in schools.

3.      Explain the barriers that block teachers from using technology and suggest ways to overcome them.

4.      Write a plan for the types of technological tools you recommend integrating into the classroom; include supportive links from the internet. Describe how the tools can be used. Include examples.

5.      Describe four (4) benefits afforded to learners based on the introduction of new technology into the classroom. 

6.      Identify three (3) specific issues that could affect student participation should technology be integrated in the classroom and suggest three (3) ways to address or resolve the participation gap.

7.      Summarize your proposal to include technology needs, benefits to teachers and students, and specific recommendations for professional development for teachers as a next step.


Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

·        Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

·        Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.


The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

·        Examine personal attitudes and goals about key issues in educational technology.

·        Explore ways in which technology can enhance teaching and learning.

·        Practice learning using new technology tools.

·        Create change strategies for the effective use of technology in schools.

·        Use technology and information resources to research issues in educational technology.

·        Write clearly and concisely about educational technology using proper writing mechanics.

 

 

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

 

Points: 200

Assignment 1: Project Proposal

Criteria

Unacceptable

Below 70% F

Fair

70-79% C

Proficient

80-89% B

Exemplary

90-100% A

1. Summarize the elements of the current teaching environment and the potential impact on the students.

Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely summarized the elements of the current teaching environment and the potential impact on the students.

Partially summarized the elements of the current teaching environment and the potential impact on the students.

Satisfactorily summarized the elements of the current teaching environment and the potential impact on the students.

Thoroughly summarized the elements of the current teaching environment and the potential impact on the students.

2. Specify your readiness and rationale for recommending integration of technology into teaching and learning in schools.
Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely specified your readiness and rationale for recommending integration of technology into teaching and learning in schools.

Partially specified your readiness and rationale for recommending integration of technology into teaching and learning in schools.

Satisfactorily specified your readiness and rationale for recommending integration of technology into teaching and learning in schools.

Thoroughly specified your readiness and rationale for recommending integration of technology into teaching and learning in schools.

3. Explain the barriers that block teachers from using technology and suggest ways to overcome them.

Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely explained the barriers that block teachers from using technology and did not submit or incompletely suggested ways to overcome them.

Partially explained the barriers that block teachers from using technology and partially suggested ways to overcome them.

Satisfactorily explained the barriers that block teachers from using technology and satisfactorily suggested ways to overcome them.

Thoroughly explained the barriers that block teachers from using technology and thoroughly suggested ways to overcome them.

4. Write a plan for the types of technological tools you recommend integrating into the classroom; include supportive links from the Internet. Describe how the tools can be used. Include examples.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely wrote a plan for the types of technological tools you recommend integrating into the classroom; did not submit or incompletely included supportive links from the Internet. Did not submit or incompletely described how the tools could be used. Did not submit or incompletely included examples.

Partially wrote a plan for types of technological tools your recommend integrating into the classroom; partially included supportive links from the Internet. Partially described how the tools could be used. Partially included examples.

Satisfactorily wrote a plan for types of technological tools your recommend integrating into the classroom; satisfactorily included supportive links from the Internet. Satisfactorily described how the tools could be used. Satisfactorily included examples.

Thoroughly wrote a plan for types of technological tools your recommend integrating into the classroom; thoroughly included supportive links from the Internet. Thoroughly described how the tools could be used. Thoroughly included examples.

5. Describe four (4) benefits afforded to learners based on the introduction of new technology into the classroom.

Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely described four (4) benefits afforded to learners based on the introduction of new technology into the classroom.

Partially described four (4) benefits afforded to learners based on the introduction of new technology into the classroom.

Satisfactorily described four (4) benefits afforded to learners based on the introduction of new technology into the classroom.

Thoroughly described four (4) benefits afforded to learners based on the introduction of new technology into the classroom.

6. Identify three (3) specific issues that could affect student participation should technology be integrated in the classroom and suggest three (3) ways to address or resolve the participation gap.

Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely identified three (3) specific issues that could affect student participation should technology be integrated in the classroom and did not submit or incompletely suggested three (3) ways to address or resolve the participation gap.

Partially identified three (3) specific issues that could affect student participation should technology be integrated in the classroom and partially suggested three (3) ways to address or resolve the participation gap.

Satisfactorily identified three (3) specific issues that could affect student participation should technology be integrated in the classroom and satisfactorily suggested three (3) ways to address or resolve the participation gap.

Thoroughly identified three (3) specific issues that could affect student participation should technology be integrated in the classroom and thoroughly suggested three (3) ways to address or resolve the participation gap.

7. Summarize your proposal to include technology needs, benefits to teachers and students, and specific recommendations for professional development for teachers as a next step.

Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely summarized your proposal to include technology needs, benefits to teachers and students, and specific recommendations for professional development for teachers as a next step.

Partially summarized your proposal to include technology needs, benefits to teachers and students, and specific recommendations for professional development for teachers as a next step.

Satisfactorily summarized your proposal to include technology needs, benefits to teachers and students, and specific recommendations for professional development for teachers as a next step.

Thoroughly summarized your proposal to include technology needs, benefits to teachers and students, and specific recommendations for professional development for teachers as a next step.

8. 3 references

Weight: 5%

No references provided

Does not meet the required number of references; some or all references poor quality choices.

Meets number of required references; all references high quality choices.

Exceeds number of required references; all references high quality choices.

9. Writing Mechanics, Grammar, and Formatting

Weight: 5%

Serious and persistent errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, or formatting.

Partially free of errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, or formatting.

Mostly free of errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, or formatting.

Error free or almost error free grammar, spelling, punctuation, or formatting.

10. Appropriate use of APA in-text citations and reference section

Weight: 5%

Lack of in-text citations and / or lack of reference section.

In-text citations and references are provided, but they are only partially formatted correctly in APA style.

Most in-text citations and references are provided, and they are generally formatted correctly in APA style.

In-text citations and references are error free or almost error free and consistently formatted correctly in APA style.

11. Information Literacy / Integration of Sources

Weight: 5%

Serious errors in the integration of sources, such as intentional or accidental plagiarism, or failure to use in-text citations.

Sources are partially integrated using effective techniques of quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing.

Sources are mostly integrated using effective techniques of quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing.

Sources are consistently integrated using effective techniques of quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing.

12. Clarity and Coherence of Writing

Weight: 5%

Information is confusing to the reader and fails to include reasons and evidence that logically support ideas.

Information is partially clear with minimal reasons and evidence that logically support ideas.

Information is mostly clear and generally supported with reasons and evidence that logically support ideas.

Information is provided in a clear, coherent, and consistent manner with reasons and evidence that logically support ideas.

 

 

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