Part 5 Proposal
Project title: Bridging the Generation Gap with 21st Century Skills
Name: Melanie Lewis, Instructional Technology Teacher
School: Amherst County Public Schools
The community will be invited to participate once a month in a BiGG technology education night where they will be taught everyday technology usage skills that may include, but not be limited to, digital cameras and camcorders, mp3 players, DVD devices, word processing skills, internet access, and email. In order to take part in the technology workshops, persons must put in two hours of volunteer service prior to the evening of the workshops. The workshops will be taught by fourth and fifth grade Madison Heights students and staffed by teacher and parent volunteers who will oversee the students. Teacher and parent volunteers will also offer assistance to students as needed. Students will be paired up one on one with a workshop participant or will work with small groups of no more than three workshop participants. The times of the technology workshops will be from 6:00-7:30 at Madison Heights Elementary School. The
workshops will be opened to any person in the community willing to volunteer but special attention will be made to publicize in ways which will attract senior citizens.
Amherst County High School Students and/or Alumni will be invited to hold workshops for fourth and fifth graders on current usage of technology in their school or professional careers. Special attention will be given to securing persons to hold student workshops that are themselves using assistive technology. The workshops for the students will be held from 5:30-6:00 on the evening of the BiGG technology education night.
Local Businesses, which already have existing partnerships with the school will be contacted to provide monthly dinner for the student, parent, and teacher volunteers.
Monthly technology related door prize to be given away at a drawing to one of the BiGG workshop participants.
Current business partnerships will be publicized at the workshops.
Each year the Amherst County Education Foundation offers grant monies for up to $2500. A grant proposal will be sent to the foundation requesting assistance in purchasing 1-2 desktop computers to be given away in a drawing at the end of the year to students participating in the BiGG technology education program.
Madison Heights Elementary will collaborate with its Extend Teachers (gifted education), instructional technology resource teachers, and county instructional specialists to provide training to the fourth and fifth grade students who wish to serve as workshop presenters in order to provide them with communication and technology skills.
High School, college students, parents, and teachers will be recruited to keep the gym opened from 4:00 to 5:00 in order to provide students who may not have transportation a safe place to stay until the workshops begin.
Recognizing that some students may wish to take part in the BiGG technology education program but will not be able to remain or return to school for an evening activity, students will apply to serve as technology mentors to younger students once a week for no more than 30 minutes each week.. They will be allowed to assist K-3 grade teachers in the computer lab. Thier duties will be dictated by the teacher who may ask them to stay by the side of one student or work with a group of 3-4 students. These students will be eligible for the end of the year drawing.
STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS FOR PARTICIPATION
1. Being in the fourth or fifth grade
2. Maintaining a C grade average
3. Not having more than one excused absence a month
4. Having no discipline referrals in a one month period
WORKING WITH THE MEDIA
WSET will be notified of the event and invited to attend and film the student led workshops.
OTHER WAYS OF PUBLICIZING THE EVENT
The Ruitan Club
The American Legion
Current Business Partners
Community food Stores and food chains
Community shopping places
TIE TO RESEARCH (Demographics and Needs Assessment)
Amherst County, along with Madison Heights has an aging population.
The community of Madison Heights has a large number of low income residents.
Students in the school need more experience with using technology.
There is a low percentage of the Amherst population which have completed college degrees.
Parents wish for their students to receive more one on one tutoring in general academic areas.
Teachers felt more parent education was needed
STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES TO BE INVOLVED WITH COMMUNITY (Including those with conflicting perspectives)
division as they do not have children in the schools. Too there may be bias or mistrust on the part of seniors concerning those that are minorities or low income. Madison Heights students will need to "sell" the school. They will also need to know how to react if anyone makes a negative comment.
CAPITALIZATION ON DIVERSITY
EVIDENCE OF MULTIPLE PROGRAMS SERVING STUDENTS WITH EXCEPTONAL AND SPECIAL NEEDS
Students will have an opportunity to work with extend teachers and county ITRTs
Students will have an opportunity to network with community
Students will have an opportunity to work with younger children
Students will be provided technology training
Students will be exposed to assistive technologies
Students will have an opportunity to meet Alumni who attained higher education degrees
October: Students will hold their first BiGG technology education night
November-April: BiGG technology education nights will continue
May: Drawing for the student computer
Possible Funding Sources
door prizes for workshop participants
dinner for students, parents and teachers taking part in BiGG
paper for posters and volunteer certificates
computer for student drawing at the end of the year.
current business partners
Educational Foundation Grant
Educational Foundation Grant
Part 6 References
Amherst County Board of Supervisors
EPoDunk: County Profiles
WikiPedia: wiki encyclopedia
School Demographic Data obtained from building principal, Mrs. Darlene Mack.
Amherst County Public Schools' Website has contact information for the School Board.