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Grant Proposal Signature Assignment Erik Stevens Arizona State University

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Abstract In this grant proposal, the first thing that will be addressed is my clinical experience sight. The school demographics will be discussed as well as the current technology they have. The area surrounding the location of the school will be researched as well. From there a project idea will be pitched and described including the purpose of the topic, the end goal for the project, effect of the project on the community, community involvement, and different activates that will be conducted during the project as well as assessments being conducted during the project. When reading this proposal, the objective is to ask for additional funds that the school district cannot afford to make sure this project can be completed.

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School Environment Narrative

Technology is a major part of everyone’s lives in today’s society with the inventions of smartphones, social media applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and so many more. Children in today’s world are exposed to technology at a very young age and it effects them dramatically. Teachers and schools are taking notice of this and are integrating technology into their lessons and using it as a tool. Some schools however have more technology available to them than other schools due to district funding. After reading this paper, a greater awareness will be developed of technology needed in Desert Meadows Elementary School. Classrooms at Desert Meadows Elementary School really depend on the type of classroom it is. There are two different types of classrooms, a science classroom and the basic, standard classroom. The science classrooms are typically bigger than the normal classroom. They have long horizontal lab tables instead of the typical classroom desk that sit two students per table. Tile floors and installed instead of the basic carpet and include more sinks instead of the standard one sink per classroom. An eye wash station is also included in case of an emergency involving chemicals in the eye. The standard classroom can sit anywhere between 25 and 30 students, but the average class size is about 22 to 24 students. The design of the classroom varies depending on the teacher’s layout, but in this particular situation my classroom will be described. The desks are laid out in 5 rows with 6 desks in each row. The desks are connected to the chair to prevent the students from leaning the chairs back and breaking the legs on them. The desks are facing in the direction of the white board. On this white board, a smart board is also placed in the middle of the whiteboard. Expo markers for the whiteboard and smart board stylists are provided. A Macintosh projector is also provided for the use of the smart board. The smart board allows the

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user to navigate a web browser or Microsoft office application using the board and specific stylists. The board also works like a white board providing a blank space to be able to write on as well. On the opposite side of the whiteboard and smart board, is a cart of Google Chromebooks (laptops) containing 32 of them. The students use these laptops for many things, primarily to access their Google Classroom. Google Classroom is a digital classroom that is created by the teacher that allows him or her to post notes, quizzes, assignments, assessments, and announcements for the students to see. Along with the students, the teachers are provided a Google Chromebook of their own along with a Macintosh IPad. Desert Meadows Elementary School is a K-8 school that is in the Laveen Elementary School District. As of January 27, 2017, Desert Meadows has a total of 755 students. Of the 755 students, 440 of those students are Hispanic, 139 of them are African American, 92 are Caucasian, 35 identify themselves as mixed, 25 are Native American, 16 are Asian and 8 are Pacific Island. Out of the 755 students that are enrolled in Desert Meadows, there are 78 resource students or special education and 42 of them are in a self-contained classroom. Also of the 755 students, 49 of those students are ELL students or English Language Learners. Lunch at Desert Meadows Elementary costs $2.10 and students have a lunch account that they can place money into. However, of the 755 students that are enrolled in the school, 62 percent of the students receive free lunch and 12 percent of the students receive their lunches at a reduced price. Desert Meadows as a school has four main goals that are listed on their brochure, the improvement of math success, the improvement of language arts success, more involvement from the parents and to provide a safe environment. They have 5 athletic teams, flag football, basketball, volleyball, soccer and softball. As for technology goes at the school, every student has a student user account that can be both accessed at school and home. The campus has a 2:1

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student to device ratio when it comes to technology, whether that be a IPad or a Chromebook for the student. Laveen Elementary School District has been around since the year of 1908. Originally the name of the district was the Harovitz District. The first school was to be built on 51st avenue and Dobbins road because the land was donated by a man named Walter Laveen. The first school was built on September 30th, 1913 and was named Laveen Elementary School in honor of Walter Laveen who donated the land. Since then the district has grown to 8 schools. The schools are listed on the LESD home page along with the school boundaries. “In November of 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education implemented a new test called the Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching” (laveeneld.org). As a community, Laveen is a very nice area. From personal drives in Laveen, the area is very rural. The west side of Laveen has a dairy farm as well as an Indian reservation. As you work your way east into Laveen, you will find that a river runs through Laveen as well as neighborhoods and housing developments. In a nutshell, as you work your way to the middle of

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Laveen, the more you will find homes, businesses and stores, you will find less on the outskirts of Laveen. When you look at the demographics of Laveen, you will find that the average household makes a substantial amount of money per year. According to point2homes.com, the average household brings in about $72,289. Along with the average amount a household makes, just below 100,000 people live in Laveen. Crime however in Laveen is a little above average with increased murder risk and automotive theft risk. On the other hand, there is a lower risk of of getting assaulted and being the victim of larceny. Even though the school also has several IPads available to their students, more of them are always needed. As mentioned earlier in this paper, Desert Meadows Elementary School has a 2:1 ratio when it comes to their technology. The school provides Google Chromebooks and IPads to their students but if they had even more IPads, they could do so much more, not just in my classroom, but the entire school as well. The school uses the Google Chromebooks almost every day in the classroom, but I have never seen the 8th grade use the IPads. The reason why the 8th grade uses the Chromebooks is due to the use of Google Classroom, it makes it easier for not only the students, but the teacher to keep tabs on the student due to the google symmetry. The IPads are in a cart that are in the library. The way that the teachers get ahold of the IPads are by checking them out with the librarian, but they just collect dust in the cart. With an IPad, it has a camera to its disposal, so pictures can be taken. The IPad has internet access, so these pictures that the students take in class can be emailed to them or even saved to their google drive. Not only could the pictures be useful to the students, but there are apps that help with learning geography as well as world history quizzes. Some students like to work hands on, and with the IPad being a touchscreen, they may prefer to use IPads over a Chromebook. IPads also have

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access to a microphone and a video recorder which can be very helpful in the future for certain projects that can be done.

Applicant Bio

Erik Stevens is currently a first term junior at Arizona State University who is currently working to become a future teacher. He is enrolled in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College program. He also wants to find new ways to educate students instead of just using the text book

and the standard curriculum.

Goals and Objectives

Students will complete two parts to a project. The first step will be for the students to complete a presentation as a group of an American war of their choosing. All the wars that involve America from World War 2 (due to 8th grade standards) to modern day Iraqi war can be chosen. As a group, the students can get as creative as they want to, whether that be a PowerPoint presentation, skit, Prezi, whatever the students come up with as long as the presentation lasts at least 15 minutes. In the presentation, students must address how the war got started, how America got involved, 2-3 major battles, the end of the war, and the results of the war. The Cold War can be chosen, but instead of 2-3 major battles, 2-3 major conflicts can be chosen.

The Second part of the project will consist of a interview. The interview will be conducted with either a veteran of the armed services, military expert, or historian. If the student is interviewing a veteran, the students must obtain the person’s name, war they served, branch of service (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, etc.), their rank and division they served. The students will then proceed to ask about the veteran’s experience during the war (Information may vary due to how much the veteran is willing to share, DO NOT push for information). Once the

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interview is finish, the students will obtain an email address or form on contact information for future use. Once the interview is finished, the students will create a presentation of the veteran they interviewed, obtaining information they have gathered. The contact information that the students gathered during their interviewed will be used to invite the veterans to a fundraising event that will be held at the school to help raise funds for veterans. If the student interviews someone other than a veteran, the interview will be conducted in a different manner. Personal experiences during the war will not be shared due to lack of war experience.

Essential Questions

When it comes to what questions come up when discussing this project some of them may be “How will this help the students?” “What will this accomplish?” The answers to this are not simple, but can be explained. When the students are conducting this interview, the students must come up with questions to ask the veterans that are appropriate to ask. Not only will this help the students with the interview, but it will help them in the future. For example, students in the 8th grade tend to have no mental filter when it comes to asking personal questions, so having the students think about what questions to ask will help them in their everyday lives. This project also helps the students open their eyes to how war is. Not all war experiences are how they are in the movies. Some veterans will not have even seen combat. So, having the veterans tell their stories will have an eye-opening experience to the students.

Standards

Common Core

Concept 1: Research Skills for History

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PO 4.

Formulate questions that can be answered by historical study and research.

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PO 7. Analyze cause and effect relationships between and among individuals and/or historical events. Concept 4: Revolution and New Nation

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PO 1. Analyze the following events which led to the American Revolution:

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Tea Act

b.

Stamp Act

c.

Boston Massacre

d.

Intolerable Acts

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Declaration of Independence

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PO 2. Describe the significance of key events of the Revolutionary War:

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major battles (e.g., Lexington, Saratoga, Trenton)

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aid from France

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surrender at Yorktown

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PO 3. Describe the impact of the following key individuals on the Revolutionary War:

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Benjamin Franklin

b.

Thomas Jefferson

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George Washington

d.

Patrick Henry

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Thomas Paine

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King George III

Concept 8: Great Depression and World War II PO 6. Summarize the United States’ role in the following events:

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D-day invasion

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battles of the Pacific

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development and use of the atomic bomb

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V-E Day / V-J Day

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PO 7. Analyze the following individuals’ significance to World War II:

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Franklin D. Roosevelt

b.

Dwight Eisenhower

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George Patton

d.

Douglas MacArthur

e.

Harry Truman

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Concept 9: Postwar United States

 

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PO 3. Identify the role of the United States in the Korean War:

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Communist containment

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military involvement

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resolution of conflict

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PO 4. Identify the role of the United States in the Vietnam Conflict:

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containment of Communism – Domino Theory

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Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

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Tet Offensive

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anti-war protests

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Vietnam Peace Accords

ISTE for Students

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2b- engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including

social interactions online or when using networked devices 3b- evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information, media,

data or other resources. 3c- curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.

3d-build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions. 4a- know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems. 4b- select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks. 7b- use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints. AZCCRS Standard for 8th grade would be American History, Concept 1, P.O. 4

Need for the Project

When you take a deeper look at the project, it is not only an eye opener for the students, but it helps the veterans that the students interview. Veterans tend to not have anyone to reach out and talk to about the experiences they go through during their service, so having the students reach out to the veterans and have them share the experiences helps the veterans talk about it. Having the veterans talk about their experiences can help them deal with any problems that they may have when it comes to thinking back to the war. This is also a way for the students to realize what these veterans had to go through. Some of the students may have the idea of wanting to join

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the military in their future, so talking with a veteran of the United States military could give the student some advice on what to expect when joining the service. For the teachers, this gives them the opportunity to get the community and the staff involved in supporting not only veterans of the military, but for current men and women serving as well. It will give the staff the chance to give their appreciation to the veterans for their service as well as others.

Project Impact

This project that the students will be completing will result in an event at the very end, inviting the veterans that the students interviewed to a veteran appreciation event at the campus. The students will also be in attendance and will share a presentation that they created of the veteran they interviewed to the people in attendance. Not only will this event be for veteran appreciation, but other events will be available like carnival games, food trucks, and other events and all proceeds will go to help all veterans in need in the city of phoenix. This also gives the

community a chance to get involved with the event as well, by pulling together resources to help make sure that the event has a variety of events to do. Some of the student’s family may have resources they may be able to donate or make available for the event. Spreading the word will be very crucial to make sure this event is a success, so social media posts about the event will be necessary, emails to parents as well. With this event being open to the public as well, this will also raise awareness to how important supporting the veterans is.

Activities

When it comes to activities that will be completed for this project, there can be many of them. For the first part of the project, obviously, knowledge of the wars must be known. So, review lessons of the wars can be completed, or research lessons can be taught. In the research lessons, the instructor would have to teach the students how to search the web for creditable

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sources that can be used for the presentation. Now when it comes to the veteran interview, teaching the students on how to correctly create respectful questions to ask a veteran. One creative lesson that could help the students is having a skype call with a friend of mine who is a veteran for class. During this time the students would be able to take the time to ask my friend on the skype call how respectful the questions are. Or I could conduct an example interview with my friend showing the students what questions are acceptable to ask, and at the end the students could ask my friend questions as well. The students can also be given class time to ask their classmates if their questions are up to par.

Assessments

With the project that the students will complete, they still must be assessed during the multiple steps they will complete during the process. For starters, the students will construct an interview to conduct with a veteran, or war expert. Assessing the questions that the students will create to make sure they master knowing what answers are acceptable. Another assessment the students will be assessed on will be their presentations as well. With the presentation, simple assessments will be made during the process to create it. Prior knowledge of the content needed to complete the presentation will be needed as well. Simple exit tickets can be used as an assessment. However, these assessments are just summative assessments. Formative assessments would be things such as evaluating the group presentation, providing feedback to a practice interview that they create. Another example of the formative assessment would be an individual assignment they will complete being a research paper. Grading the paper on the accuracy of the historical facts and the number of sources provided. The students will be able to show their mastery by being able to teach the class or others they want to teach about their war of choice.

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Being able to teach others about a subject or topic is a great form of showing mastery of a subject and one that will help students in the future in possible future jobs as well.

Tools

When it comes to what kind of tools that will be used when completing this process, multiple can be used. Rubrics will be the most common and the most used during the project. With the group presentation that the students will be completing, a rubric will be used to grade them. The number of slides will not be a factor on the rubric. From personal beliefs, making the students have a required number of slides will force them to drag out information and effect the presentation. The number of battles of the war will be a requirement, along with the significant people, turning point of the war, start, conclusion and impact of the war will be required. Requiring a specific number of sources for an 8th grade presentation is nice because it allows them to practice siting sources and prepares them for high school as well. Rubrics can be used for the individual research paper as well following the same rubric as the presentation. For the interview questions, a checklist can be used. Before the students complete their practice interviews, the students would exchange their questions with the students first. The students would evaluate their classmate’s questions using a checklist the teacher created as a guide. The students would follow the guidelines of the classmate before the questions are submitted to the teacher.

Technology Support

With technology, basic tools will be used such as laptops, desktops and IPads. With IPads being asked for, it will provide all the students with the technology to record the interview as well as provide the student with an audio copy of the interview to listen to. I will be in charge of

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handling the technology when it will be provided, but if another teacher is partnered with me in this project, we will both share responsibility of the technology. With how to manage the technology, a checkout system will be implicated. Each student will be assigned a IPad number and will be responsible for the IPad throughout the project. When it comes to setting up the Wi- Fi or providing support with technology issues of the IPads, the plan is to partner with either tech support at our campus, or the librarian. Both partnerships would be ideal to have but if things don’t work out, one or the other will do.

Sustaining the Project

It would be easy to sustain this project. Gaining the support from the community is the first step to sustaining the project. Having this project support military veterans in the vet center but student’s family as well if they have a veteran. Gaining the support from the community will also provide the project to easily be sustainable because they will expect a second annual veteran appreciation event, third and so on and so forth. Innovation of the Project From the first time this project will be assigned, Changes can be made throughout the whole process making it better for the next time the project is assigned. Innovations can be changed from having to conduct an interview to having to complete a service learning assignment instead if the interviews do not go as well as expected. Topics can be changed from just researching a war to any controversial issue going on in current events, whether that be civil

rights or anything else. An individual assignment can be altered as well to accommodate the students. Give the students a choice on how they want to conduct their individual evidence of mastery with a research paper, skit, journal etc.

Budget Table

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Item and Quality

Individual Item Cost

Item Cost

Apple iPad 2 Black Learning Lab w/ AppleCare Protection Plan - Auto Enroll for each iPad (1)

$7,859

$7,859

iPad Wi-Fi 16GB Black

$499

$2,495

     
   

Total Cost= $10,354

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Works Cited

Laveen Demographics & Statistics Employment, Education, Income Averages, Crime in Laveen

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State Assessment - AzMERIT - Laveen. (n.d.). Retrieved from