3 Ways To Get iPads in Your Classroomhttp://www.k12mobilelearning.com/?p=1111
How can you get a classroom set of iPads in your classroom?
Although there are many options available, below are three methods that have succeeded in the past for educators who have sought to integrate new technology in their classrooms. Keep in mind that these methods don’t only apply to receiving iPads. They can be used to receive any type of desired technology; however, iPads are hot right now, and for good reasons.
If you’ve had success with other methods, please leave your ideas in the comments section at the end of this post.
Method 1: Create a Classroom Project at DonorsChoose.org
Public school teachers across America can post classroom requests on DonorsChoose.org. People from all walks of life can browse the directory of projects and may freely determine to fund a project. Typically, the projects that receive the most funding are the ones that are inspirational.
That being considered, you probably won’t receive funding for a classroom set of iPads by writing “I want iPads because they are cool and they can do neat things.” How can you appeal to the hearts of donors? This isn’t encouragement to be manipulative, but rather to make sure you express your intents with clarity.
Method 2: Submit Grant Proposals
Grant money is in circulation for projects like these; unfortunately, that funding is limited. Priorities for submitting grant proposals should be (1) meeting deadlines, (2) meeting grant criteria, and (3) ensuring quality submissions. The following links provide a directory of technology grants available to K-12 teachers:
As mentioned above, your grant proposals need to look good in order to be a considered recipient. Grant writing isn’t easy; fortunately, there’s help available. The following links will help you create the best grant application possible:
- Grant Guru Tips
- How to Write Grant Proposals from about.com
- How to Write Educational Grants from ehow.com
Method 3: Visit with Your Technology Coordinator About Budgeting for iPads
As it is in most facets in life, success hinges on positive relationships. What’s the status of the “relationship bank account” you share with your technology coordinator? Are you continually making deposits, or is the bank account overdrawn? Here is some recommended reading that will help ensure you’re making consistent deposits and not writing hot checks:
- How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- Relationships 101 by John Maxwell
- Enthusiasm Makes the Difference by Norman Vincent Peale
- Winning with People: Discover the People Principles that Work for You Every Time by John Maxwell
Certainly, the aforementioned methods aren’t just limited to receiving iPads, and there are definitely other options available for receiving technology in your classroom. However, these methods seem to have garnered success for educators seeking to fund technology projects in their classroom.
What other methods are you aware of? Feel free to leave your comments and questions below.
Thanks to Salvatore Vuono @ FreeDigitalPhotos.net for this post’s featured image.Johnny Kissko
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