It was ten minutes to 1 in the afternoon on a Wednesday afternoon in deep SE Portland at Open School East. There were students in and out of the building, going up and down the stairs, most of them attempting to remember where their next class was. Mr. Ross (principal) was on the microphone directing students and reminding them to make choices that would be beneficial to them. Almost 45 minutes later, we finally had the chance to sit down with Mr. Ross to discuss the ever growing need of technology in Open School East. Mr. Ross explained with the growing job market in the tech field, their immediate need of acquiring iPads for students to begin to feel more comfortable with coding, technology, and at the same time providing opportunities for new career paths. Open School already has a teacher lined up to teach the class, they have the students who are interested and the only thing missing is the ipads. This is where our PIC group comes into action.
The school needs 22 iPads for a coding class. They need to get the funding for the iPads, totaling about $11,000. We planned on getting the iPads this term, little did we know that we were going to run into so many obstacles along the way.
Work (Tim): Since we discovered we more than likely weren’t going to fully accomplish what we started, we set out looking for ways to raise the money needed for the iPads. We put together a list of scholarships, technology funds, and other educational foundations that help teachers and schools that are need of additional assistance. We also researched costs and sellers across multiple options, that way when the school is ready to purchase the iPads, they’ll have what their options are in terms of costs and sellers. We also created a video and blog explaining our missions and what the Open School is about. Our ultimate plan is to pass on everything we’ve done and collected, to the school itself, and to the next Capstone students so that the work for the school can continue and goal reached.
Conclusion (Cassie): In conclusion our goal is to provide the following terms capstone students a solid head start with a smooth transition to get Open School the iPads they need. Our work this term was bumpy, but I’m confident next terms capstone students have the resources and ability to finish the job! Good luck! 🙂