Lesson Eight: School Technology
                         Planning and Grantwriting

                National Center for School Technology Planning

              Key Internet resources for educational technology grantwriters

              Key tips for winning grants.


Lesson 8 Required Assignments:

1. Send a half-page abstract for a viable grant which includes scope, scale, timeframe, budget and impact/dissemination plan. (Use suggestions at http://lone-eagles.com/mira2.htm.) Include
three URLs for educational technology Internet resources not included in the handbook or lessons. (Search for "Educational Technology Grants")

2. Share with your instructor which of the resources for this lesson you found most applicable to your situation and your thoughts on at least one of the provided grant templates.
(one hour)

Lesson Goals

To identify the best grantwriting support resources and funding sources for technology in schools.

To identify the basic structure of a grant proposal and quality tutorials on proposal writing.

To recognize that more and more grantwriting resources are appearing on the Internet, making the whole grant-getting process easier than its ever been!

A. Visit the National Center for School Technology Planning at http://www.nctp.com. Review the other technology planning resources
listed at 
(One hour)

B. Explore the grantwriting tips and resources at   
        http://lone-eagles.com/granthelp.htm Be sure to carefully review the first
        two links listed, the Grantgetter's Guide and the short course on proposal

        Try some samples searches for funders in topic areas you're interested in  
        using the foundation.org database listed at the granthelp URL above.

        For federal educational funding review  
        http://www.ed.gov/Technology and  

        (One hour)

C. Explore the Community Bootstrap Initiative grant and the Seventh Generation Community Initiative concept paper at http://lone-eagles.com/articles/articles.htm    You're welcome to use any text you like from these documents, or the others listed, for your own grants. (One hour)

Existing Grant Proposals you can draw from:

Three recent listings of my best grant templates are, for Alaskan Native villages, http://lone-eagles.com/amep1.htm  and for rural communities http://lone-eagles.com/rural-grant-templates.htm and for youth projects http://lone-eagles.com/youth.htm

Seventh Generation Community Initiative: A Model for Native American Sovereignty http://lone-eagles.com/7gc.htm

The Community Bootstrap Initiative "Doing for Ourselves- Together"

Culture Club – Community content and self-publishing to address the global need for culturally appropriate Internet training visions and resources. Includes a Lone Eagles Apprenticeship Ecommerce program. http://lone-eagles.com/cultureclub.htm
For similar themes to seed your brainstorming - See also http://lone-eagles.com/capacity.htm   and http://lone-eagles.com/trainers.htm  

Youth-Driven Community Internet Awareness initiatives are described in Chapter Seven of the "Good Neighbor’s Guide to Community Networking" http://lone-eagles.com/cnguide.htm http://lone-eagles.com/chap7.htm

Creating a Community Self-help Internet Empowerment Model
http://lone-eagles.com/taosvisions.htm     A concept paper with many fundable ideas written
for the Taos, NM Kellogg MIRA project participants, complete with grant template URLS.
For more on the MIRA project see http://lone-eagles.com/miramodel.htm
And here's a very recent grant draft for Youth-driven Cultural Community Building: http://lone-eagles.com/bartsgrant.htm

The following very recent concept papers are recommended reading: "The New Gold Rush: Mining Raw Human Potential with Free Web Tools." http://lone-eagles.com/goldrush.htm http://lone-eagles.com/mining.htm

Requests for proposals are being listed online more and more commonly, and grant proposals are being accepted online. Listservs are frequently used to disseminate requests for proposals (RFP's.) Using your browser and email program, you have the potential for bringing large amounts of funding to your school and your own special projects of your own invention. Grant-writing is a skill to be developed and it gets dramatically easier with practice. Each grant you write serves as a resource for boilerplate text and ideas for the next grant.

D. You might find the proposal-writing handouts at http://lone-eagles.com/mira2.htm useful with your students as a writing/planning/thinking project.

REMINDER: A final special project will complete your work for this course as detailed in the 'Welcome to the Class' bulletin on the course homepage: http://lone-eagles.com/asdn1.htm

It is up to you whether you wish to unsubscribe to the class listserv, or continue to remain subscribed to continue to receive resources and updates. To unsubscribe go to http://netpals.lsoft.com/archives/   and
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Lastly, my recommendation for your next course is "Designing K12 Internet Instruction"
offered by Alaska Pacific University. All lesson are previewable at

Lesson Feedback: Optional, but much appreciated.

You're invited to privately email your instructor:

       1. What areas, if any, did you have trouble with during this lesson?

       2. What questions remain now that you've finished this lesson?

       3. Approximately how much time did you devote to this lesson?

       4. What improvements would you like to suggest?

PS: I wrote many grants to sustain Big Sky Telegraph from 1988-1998, $1.4 million in total. US West was the main funder, and in 1993 US West and Annenberg's Math and Science project co-funded $880,000 for a "Reach for the Sky" project where 20 rural teachers received laptops and 3 online courses which enabled them to mentor teachers in a five state area using the courses I'd developed and which they were required to complete before they mentored others in taking the same courses. I found grantwriting got easier and easier - with practice!