Help KDP fund a Classroom Teacher Grant for “Integrating Technology”, a Classroom Manipulatives project by Katie Heath. She teaches Pre-K–4th grade and has 6 years of teaching experience.
Application for Funding:
This year my school has an initiative to expand the ways in which we integrate technology into our curriculum. My role over the last year has changed from the Elementary Librarian to the Elementary Media Specialist and Ed Tech Coach. A large part of this new role is to help classroom teachers integrate technology into their existing curriculum in meaningful ways. We understand and value the importance of STEAM concepts and are working to incorporate these ideas into what we are already teaching.
As my school is looking at ways in which we can enhance and integrate technology, we are in need of additional resources. As we have researched options for bringing engaging STEM and STEAM lessons into our classrooms, we often find that the additional resources will require outside funding other than what is allocated in our budget. Brad Currie’s article Transforming Lessons with Technology states, “The idea is that learning tools are available in abundance, and teachers can choose the ones they believe would work best with their students given their school policies and current resources” (Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2013). We agree with Currie’s statement and believe that this classroom teacher grant will allow us to provide another learning tool to our teachers.
If this classroom teacher grant is approved, the money would be used to purchase a Bee-Bot and two accompanying curriculum mats (Number Line and U.S. Coins mats). I was fortunate to receive a classroom teacher grant last year, which allowed my school to purchase a Dash and Dot robot. These robots were very well received and both our teachers and students were excited about using them. Bee-Bot is a similar resource but is geared much more towards younger students. The enrollment at my school has increased since last year and we are seeing the most growth in our early childhood program (preschool through first grade). We are hoping to purchase a Bee-Bot to allow us to integrate technology in a hands-on, tangible way just as we did with the Dash and Dot robots. The upper elementary classes have had great success using Dash and Dot and we are excited for a similar opportunity for our younger students.
According to the Bee-Bot website, “Bee-Bot is an exciting new robot designed for use by young children. This colorful, easy-to-operate, and friendly little robot is a perfect tool for teaching sequencing, estimation, and problem-solving and just have fun!” We have decided that in addition to the Bee-Bot robot itself, we would like to purchase at least two of the accompanying curriculum mats, the number line mat and the U.S. coins mat. By investing in these mats, I believe we will also be able to use the Bee-Bot robot with some of our upper elementary students to reinforce key math skills. Both mats would allow teachers to use technology to address state standards in some of the largest math concepts that are revisited year after year.
How the $150 would be spent:
The $150 will be spent to purchase one Bee-Bot robot ($89.95). We will also purchase one Number Line Mat ($29.95) and one U.S. Coins Mat ($29.95) to use in conjunction with the Bee-Bot. The robot and the two mats cost $149.85. With the estimated shipping cost of $11, the total expense for this project will be $160.85. I am prepared to cover the additional costs out of pocket.
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