When Your School Can't Afford It
Not all schools can afford to purchase the most up-to-date technology. In fact, some schools are lucky to have a small number of computers. Students and teachers at these schools lose out on a number of highly effective programs and devices to aid in learning. Without having to dig deep into your own pockets, how can you bring this technology into your school?
Government and Private Grants
Government agencies and private industries often advertise technology grants available to teachers and schools. Grant writing is a special art that requires patience, so it is a good idea to do some research into effective grant-writing techniques before you start applying for these types of grants.
Remember, when you apply for a grant, you include a proposal for how the award will be used. If you are awarded the grant, you must show your progress toward your stated goal, which requires record keeping and further effort on your part.
You can also try a more grassroots effort for buying technology. Why not organize a fundraiser to buy software programs or computers? If you are teaching in a high school, you could have service organizations at your school participate and win awards for the most money raised.
Visit local businesses and try to get them to sponsor classrooms. They may be willing to aid in the purchase of computers or programs. Then you could have the school newspaper recognize their contribution. If you can get the community behind your effort, then technology can become an integral part of your educational strategy.