Long Range Goals
|Although much can be accomplished with limited amounts of technology it is clear that the more access one has to state of the art technology the better. Most educators find that they do not have all of the technology that they would like in their classrooms but often feel that there is not much they can do about it. This could not be further from the truth. With a little knowledge and planning it is possible to assemble a state of the art computer facility in your own classroom. A good starting point is to develop a set of long range classroom technology goals which are tied directly into instructional applications. Once you have established these goals you can seek out funding opportunities, such as small grants for teachers, or approach your school district for more support. The goals will allow you to demonstrate that the grant funds or district support will have a direct impact on your students and the work you are doing in the classroom.|
A class using the Gulf
Stream Voyage is studying oceanography and accessing real
time data images of the ocean that show sea surface temperatures. The
temperature ranges are coordinated to color codes on the image. Looking at the
images on the computer is not a problem but there is only one computer in the
classroom and it is difficult for all students to see the image. Funding for a
color printer (approx. $250) would allow the teacher to print out multiple
copies of the image for cooperative groups to work with .
Consider these questions as you review your project.
|Use these resources to help you develop a set of long range goals.
Basic Technology Knowledge
Funding and Support for Technology
Software and Hardware
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