This book is specifically written for
people with little or no experience in writing
Moursund, D.G. (2002). Obtaining resources for
technology in education: A how-to guide for writing
proposals, forming partnerships, and raising funds.
Copyright (c) David Moursund, 2002.
Contents of Preface
This book is specifically written for people with little
or no experience in writing grant proposals. However, no
matter what your experience level, this book will help you
get better at obtaining resources. The definition of the
term resources includes money, but it also includes
hardware, software, staff development, curriculum materials,
consulting, and so on. It is essential that you think more
broadly than just equating resources with money.
This is a "how-to" book focusing on methods for securing
resources for educational technology. The term educational
technology represents all of the computer-related
This book looks at six major sources of resources:
A number of people are competing for a limited pool of
money or other resources. This may occur at a local,
regional, or national level. The resources may be from a
government agency or nonprofit foundation.
There is no open competition for the money or other
resources. The number of such noncompetitive situations is
nearly unlimited. Seeking resources in a noncompetitive
situation may be as mundane as asking your school principal
for an extra professional leave day so that you can attend a
computer conference or asking your library media person to
subscribe to some technology-oriented periodicals for
A school&endash;business partnership is mutually
advantageous to the school and business. Nonprofit
organizations such as science museums can also forge
partnerships with businesses.
A fund-raising activity or event can be conducted to
raise money for quite specific or rather general purposes.
This may be a one-time activity, or it may occur
You and others--perhaps you and a group of
students--might want to start a business designed to
generate funds to support projects in the field of
educational technology. You might want to start a business
all by yourself. Many people have found that there are
significant tax advantages to doing so.
There are many other sources of support for educational
technology. For example, many schools have equipment in
their computer labs that is not used in the evenings and on
weekends. This is a resource that can be used in teacher
training and in generating money. Many software companies
are willing to donate software to well-organized and
effective software preview centers. Almost every school
district has funds available for staff development--money
that could potentially be spent on preparing teachers to
work effectively with technology.
Much of this book focuses on writing proposals directed
toward the first two sources of resources. Sometimes the
dividing line between these two sources is blurred. Many
ideas useful in writing proposals in competitive situations
can be applied with equal success in noncompetitive
situations. In addition, many of the ideas for obtaining
resources in competitive and noncompetitive situations carry
over to other situations.
Six Major Sections
This book is divided into six main sections.
- The first section provides some general background
information on educational technology. If you are going
to write educational technology proposals, you need to
know quite a bit about educational technology.
- The second section examines the proposal business,
including five key ideas, budgetary concerns, and the
- The third section focuses on proposal writing, with
an emphasis on writing grant proposals in competitive
situations. However, many of the ideas are also
applicable to noncompetitive proposal writing
- The fourth section focuses on other sources of
resources, such as fund-raising, school&endash;business
partnerships, and entrepreneurship.
- The final section offers several appendices that
include a sample preliminary proposal and three sample
proposals, and identify many sources of proposal-related
- Annotated Bibliography. Most of the references are
Websites. The reader should be aware that Website
references have a tendency to "disappear" over time, as
the specific Website is no longer maintained by its
This revised edition contains a number of changes from
the original print edition. Out of date materials have been
brought up to date. A substantial number of new Web sites
and bibliographic references have been added.
However, the basic essence of the book remains unchanged. Suggestions for future changes can be send to the author to his email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional materials written by Moursund can be located at http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~moursund/dave/Free.html.
This Website is Copywrght (C) 2002 David Moursund. It is
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