Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Special May 2008 Edition

Hello All,
There are a few great resources I wanted to share with you.

All K-5 Schools - Smartboard/Student Response System Matching Grant
The Riordan Foundation is offering a matching grant opportunity to purchase Smartboards, Projectors and Student Response Systems. Please visit the website for more details and access to the grant applications and guidelines. The grant deadline is June 1st, so a quick response is necessary. Since this grant would pay for half of the equipment, it might be a great way to get some very useful equipment for K-5 classrooms.

Laptop Cart Management Presentation
At our May 2008 EdTech Leadership Cadre Meeting, David Billett, Technology Coordinator at Gage Middle School shared some very useful information with us in his presentation on laptop cart management. David manages many laptop carts at his school and had some great recommendations for us.
At the last minute, we decided to stream and record his presentation. I used the built-in camera and microphone from my computer and the free application, Ustream. Except for my head constantly popping into the corner, the recording is okay. If you missed David's presentation, you can see it here:

Part 1

Part 2

You can also watch both videos from the channel I created at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/laptop-cart-management

David has also shared the forms and documents he has created for managing laptops in a school. You can find these documents in our LD6 EdTech Cadre Group at http://groups.google.com/group/ld6edtech If you are not yet a member of this group, please request membership and you will be added to the group.

A Special Note:
Thanks to all of you who have come to our monthly meetings throughout the year. Your support, leadership, and dedication are so greatly appreciated. You all are the best! Thank you!

Grants and Funding
I recently received a correspondence from the president of GrantsAlert.com, Joseph B. Mizereck, letting me know about the resources at GrantsAlert.com He states, "My focus is on helping K12 teachers and administrators find funding for their schools. I would think your readers would appreciate learning about the site."
An educator can search through the various types of grants to find one that matches their needs. There are many resources on different types of grants and funding available . The top section of the front page lists recently posted grants. The bottom section has some useful resources, including a "Good Stuff for Teachers" section that lists funding specifically targeted for classroom teachers. I, too, think you might find this useful.

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