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Michael Gaitaniella

Duquesne University

June 19th, 2014

Potential Grant Funding Source

Submission of this proposal is intended for agencies that fund grants for public schools. Grant sources currently are under consideration. Selected schools are beneficiaries of Foundation support. Under consideration is Ed-Tech, Enhancing Education through Technology. Their main goal is to improve student academic achievement through the use of technology in schools. It is also designed to assist students in crossing the digital divide by ensuring that every student is technologically literate.

Justification of the Project

The school we plan on building thus proposed lab shares the vision of our district, which means preparing the students of today for the technological drive world of tomorrow. To ensure that the students of our school are prepared, exposure to effective technology0related instruction must be more accessible for students and teachers. Phenomenal district growth can present a need for an additional computer lab at this school. Students need to be exposed to inquiry based technology, stimulating software, along with internet access to enhance critical thinking through researching and analysis. Providing an additional computer lab with internet access to online databases along with effective software will insure students receive the technological advantage needed to equip them for the future.

Target Group

This project will benefit all the students in our school, as well as other local children in the district, as well as community members who frequent the school after school hours.

Lab Specifications

Technology is an integral component of educating our students in the 21st Century. The goal of creating this lab is to create a technology rich learning environment for our technology, content, and elective areas.

In an effort to create this proposed laboratory which serves grades 7-12, we are seeking a grant amount of $39,488.94 in order to purchase equipment for a new iMac lab. We are looking to multiple foundations to find this request. Grant funds will be used to purchase 30 Apple iMacs, and includes the necessary costs to get the lab up and running. Suitable iMac computers preloaded with the iLife suite of programs (iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes, and Garage Band) allows teachers to design more engaging lessons and allow students to create self-motivated projects. IMacs are equipped with the Operating System X Maverick which is the current extension of the OS X Server which includes features that make teaching, learning, and teamwork more engaging and dynamic. Accessories include a wireless magic mouse, a magic trackpad, apple keyboard, and the apple TV. The Apple TV will allow the teacher to use their iPad, tablet, or iphone devices to share their screens on the SMART board and projector. The computer lab will consist of an Airport Extreme Base System acting as a switch, and an access point. Since we are only creating one computer lab, additional access points are not needed unless we extend the lab to different places in the schools or different school computer labs. In that case, we would use the Airport Express acting as a wireless router or extending the Airport Extreme Base System range. The built in AirPort Utility software will take you through setting up a network name and a password. Airport Extreme can also be set up as an Access Point. This is achieved through switching to bridge mode and turning off router mode through the AirPort Utility option. The AirPort Extreme is taller than its predecessors, creating a higher platform for dispersing the signal. The AEBS has 802.11ac wireless technology, which is the fastest wireless currently out. This triples the previous 802.11n standard at 1300Mbps compared to 802.11n’s 450Mbps. The beam forming antenna array is smarter as it knows where to target its signal to that device. There is a built in firewall on Airport Extreme that allows you to control what is viewed on the network. For the student computers, you can set up a guest network, where you can sup up a separate Wi-Fi network just for students. This network allows access only to the internet, so your primary network, remains secure. There is a 1 year limited warranty in the US, and Canada.

For our server, we will be using the Mac Mini with OS X server. This features a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor that delivers incredible speed and performance. The Mac mini has two 1 TB540-rpm hard drives built in, so you can back up the data you need, as well as store just about anything. This also has flash storage, in either one or two 256GB solid state drives. The Mac Mini is 7.7 square inches and 1.4 inches thin, so storing it anywhere it very accessible. There is a 1 year limited warranty in the US, and Canada.

The OS X Server is added to the server through the Mac App Store for $19.99. Included in the OS X server is applications, services, advanced services, and languages.

  • Server App

  • Xsan Admin


  • Caching

  • Calander

  • Contacts

  • File Sharing

  • Mail

  • Messages

  • Profile Manager

  • Time Machine

  • VPN

  • Websites

  • Wiki

  • Xcode

This Mac lab will include 1 Epson 845 Wireless Printer/Scanner, as well as one Smart Board 685 with UF65 projector. To connect these to the AirPort Extreme, find the AirPort network. In the Printer setup utility, select your printer from the list. AirPort Utility might also be used to add the printer to the network. This will allow the printer/scanner, to be wirelessly connected to the AirPort Extreme. The Epson printer can print multiple pages with a 500 sheet paper capacity. This includes extra high capacity ink cartridges so there will be a 40% less printing cost. This ISO print speeds of 15 ISO ppm (Black and white) and 9.3 ISO ppm (Color). The automatic dual sided printing allows you to save up to 50% on paper. Additional features include wirelessly printing documents, photos, calendars, contacts and more. There is a 1 year limited warranty in the US, and Canada. The creation of an art portfolio class will give students the opportunity to create, catalogue and showcase their work. This class would incorporate the use of iPhoto, which would allow students to edit, collect and organize photos to present online. The students will create podcasts using Garage Band; as theses computers will open many doorways to fulfill the artistic potentials of our students.

The SMART Board 685 whiteboard features a projector that eliminates shadows, glare, and distracting projector light. This will create Exceptional teaching experience, Hands-on learning, and Blended learning capabilities. Lessons will be more engaging than ever before, as the Smart board brings lesson files, websites, videos, and images to life. There are wirelessly connected multimedia devices capabilities, to keep lessons more interactive and engaging. As far as touch goes, this is as hands on as you can get. You can write, erase, move objects, and control applications by touching our writing on the interactive whiteboard. You use the pen to write, erase with your palm and move objects with your finder without having tro press buttons, access on screen menus or replace tools in the Pen Tray.

iMovie, and Garage Band will allow for a Video Production class. Our students would have the opportunity to collaborate, edit, and mix music to produce video projects to be shared across the districts community. These computers will also allow for the creation of new music classes not previously offered such as sound engineering and music in business for those students who may not wish to be performing artists, but want to be n the music industry.

Due to the importance of technology skills for professional development, this computer lab does not face limited resources. The computers in the lab will be replaced on a 4-year cycle. This provides varying levels of performance to meet the different computer needs in the lab. The 30 iMac computers will be purchased with funds from grants, etc. These machines are the workhorses of the computer lab and used daily to process large data sets, produce and prepare images for presentations, and creating multimedia based projects. Replacing the machines will increase the efficiency of student time: alleviate congestion in the lab as students will avoid waiting lines for usage, and ensure optimal functionality for new software.

Filter Service Instructions

You can use parental controls to help prevent users from viewing inappropriate content on the Internet when they are using Safari. You can allow access only to specific websites, or the Mac can preview WebPages before they are displayed and to try to block content that is not suitable for kids.

  • Choose apple menus, system preferences, and then click parental controls.

  • Click the lock if it’s not unlocked, and enter an administrator name and password.

  • Selecta user in the list of users, and then click Web

  • In the Website Restrictions section, select the Internet restrictions you want for Safari.

CIPA Example

The Mac lab will also benefit students in classes outside of the Arts, Sketchpad is a software program designed for use in geometry, but it can be used for other areas of math as well. Sketchpad offers users the ability to manipulate shapes and figures. The Athletic Department will also benefit with video highlight films for student athletes looking into playing or obtaining athletic scholarships at the collegiate level. The internet and E-mail will be available to teachers and students via the Wi-Fi network in the school district. Recently the internet has been a virtual world that is a vast, diverse, and unique resource to both students and faculty. The technology protection measure shall protect against access by adults and minors to content that are abusive, obscene, profane, sexually explicit, threatening, illegal, or pertains to pornography.

The School District shall make every effort to restrict access to inappropriate materials and shall monitor the online activities of the end users; however, it is impossible to control all materials on a global network. Therefore, the district shall not be liable for the content or viewing of any materials not prepared by the district.
If the student is caught gaining access to said inappropriate material, the district has the right to restrict an individual child’s access to the internet, etc. Parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting the example and standards that their children should follow when using the internet or media during school hours.
A public hearing involving the School Board and all required staff will be held to address this proposed technology protection measure and Internet safety policy prior to going into action.

Computer device product

HP 19-20t All-in-one Desktop PC 

Inspiration 23 5000 Series Non-Touch



Intel Bay Trail-D Celeron j1800 Processor dual-core (2.41GHz, 1MB Shared Cache)

Intel Pentium Processor G3220

2.9 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 Processor



574x385.8x74.4mm Without Stand

17.7/20.8/6.9 In

Operating System

Windows 8.1 64

Windows 8.1 (64Bit) English


File System



1MB Shared Cache

3M Cache, 2.00 Ghz

6MB L3 Cache


4GB DDR3-1600MHz (1DIMM)

4GB Single Channel DDR3 1600MHz (4GBx1)

8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 Memory

Hard Disk

500GB 7200RPM SATA


1TB (5400-rpm) Hard-drive

USB 2.0

1 USB 3.0, 4 USB 2.0

5 USB 2.0 RJ-45

4 USB slots

Firewire IEEE 1394

McAfee LiveSafe 30 day trial offer

McAfee LiveSafe 30 Day Trial

IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible

6-pin port supporting 100-400 Mbps, 15 feet.

PCI slots

1 mini PCIe

Memory Slots/ 2 DIMM Slots

SDXC card slot

Two Thunderbolt Ports

Sound Card

Integrated Sound

HD Audio with Waves MaxxAudio

Built-in stereo speakers, built-in microphone, and headphone minijack.

Video/ Graphics Card

Intel HD Graphics

Intel Iris Pro Graphics


SuperMulti DVD Burner

Tray Load DVD Drive

Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive with 4x double-layer burning (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)

Floppy Disk Drive




Network Card

802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0

Dell Wireless N 1707 Bluetooth 4.0

802.11ac Wifi

Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Technology


Internal speakers

Internal speaker

Stereo Speakers


USB Optical Mouse

Mouse included with Keyboard

Magic Mouse

Keyboard (Multimedia)

HP USB Keyboard

US English Dell Wireless Keyboard w/Mouse

Full size Key-board with 78 or 79 keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys


1 year limited hardware warranty supported

1 Year Basic Support + 90 Days Premium Phone Support

90 days of free telephone support and a one-year limited warranty

Microsoft Office


Microsoft Office Trial


Other Software



Includes Mail, Address Book, iCal, the Mac App Store, iTunes, Time Machine, FaceTime, Photo Booth, Mission Control, Launchpad, AirDrop, Resume, Auto Save, Versions, Quick Look, Spotlight, QuickTime, and more.



19.45 HD LED-backlit (1600x900)

Non-Touch Screen


Touch Screen


12.5 lbs

21.5 Inch LED backlit glossy widescreen TFT display with support for millions of colors





Cost for 30 Machines





B/W Printer

HP564 Black Ink Cartridge


Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4530 All-in-One

Color Printer

HP 564 Color Ink Cartridge


Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4530 All-in-One

Printer Cables

-HP ePrint; HP wireless direct printing; Apple AirPrint

-1USB 2.0; WiFi 802 b/g/n

USB Cable, PowerCord

Power Cable

AirPrint , Ethernet, USB 2.0, Wireless

Cost for Printer





Flatbed, Resolution up to 1200x2400 dpi

Flatbet or ADF

1200x1200 dpi

Scanner resolution: 9600 by 9600 interpolated

Cost for Scanner

Included in printer

Included in printer

Included in printer


Server Type

HP Proliant DL580 Gen8 Server

PowerEdge T620

Mac Mini, OS X Server

Server Cost





HP WLAN 802.11 B/G/N Mcard (1x1)

Netgear Wireless Router Dual Band 300

AirPort Extreme


Switch & Access Point

Network Cost










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