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Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C

Appendix D

Appendix E


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Obtaining Resources for Technology in Education:
A How-to Guide for Writing Proposals, Forming Partnerships, and Raising Funds

Dr. Dave Moursund

Dear Funding Agency:

My students and school have huge needs. Please send us lots of money. We will do good things with it.


Naive (but ever hopeful) Proposal Writer

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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. This is a recently revised edition of a book first published in 1996 and 1997 by the International Society for Technology in Education.

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Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Computer-Related Technology in Education

Chapter 3: Four Important Ideas in Writing Proposals

Chapter 4: The Dollars and Cents of Proposal Writing

Chapter 5: The Proposal Business Is a Human Endeavor

Chapter 6: Types of Proposal-Writing Situations

Chapter 7: Evaluation of Formal Proposals

Chapter 8: Components of a Proposal

Chapter 9: Paying Attention to Details

Chapter 10: Partnerships With Businesses

Chapter 11: Entrepreneurship

Chapter 12: Fund-Raising

Chapter 13: Some Innovative Sources of Funds

Appendix A: Sample NSF Preliminary Proposal

Appendix B: Sample Private Foundation Proposal

Appendix C: Sample Proposal from a Science & Technology Museum

Appendix D: Sample Student-written Proposal Written as a Class Assignment

Appendix E: Sample Proposal to Apple, Inc.


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