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Emerging Technology Early Adopter Program: Apply for ETEAP

A Few Tips Before You Apply


A. Create a plan

Your well-conceived plan can take place for a defined period or during the entire cohort program (Jun.-Nov. 2018). In other words, you can create a well-conceived plan that engages a partner or partners for just a few weeks and then move on with other informal programs/trial/experimentation for the remainder of the cohort period. One of the things we are trying to ascertain are correlations between specific content in a virtual reality experience as an enrichment to formal classroom or formal training instruction (during any lesson plan) and improved student achievement.

Things to consider:

  • Create a project title

  • Describe one or more local goals (from your library’s local planning documents) that this project meets.

  • Describe one or more goals you are meeting from other statewide or national planning documents.

  • Describe the primary audience/targeted group. Include a statement of need for primary audience/targeted group (if more than one, please define each separately). Remember the audience must be 13 years or older to participate.

B. Develop a purpose

What is your plan's purpose? Craft short statements that tell why, by integrating VR into your programming.

Questions to consider:

  • What will your program look like?

  • Who is your target audience?

  • What is the expected learning outcome?

C. Consider outputs & outcomes

Anticipated outputs: What kind of program will you deploy?

  • Is it formal interaction?

  • What is the expected user engagement?

  • What is the mode of presentation?

  • Will the program be formal, informal, or drop-in?

  • all of the above?

  • some of the above?

As a reminder, please integrate into your plan connections to data points, as well as the required survey questions of program participants. These must be asked, tracked, and reported. Feel free to add to these, but at a minimum these must be integrated.

Regarding each instruction output/program the following data must be tracked:

  • Session length

  • Number of sessions in program

  • Average attendance

  • Number of times program administered

  • Presentation/program length

Outcomes: Forumlate goals for participants in your well-conceived plan.

  1. I learned something by participating in this library program

  2. I am confident about using what I have learned

  3. I am likely to apply what I have learned

  4. I am more likely to participate in a similar library activity

  5. I am more likely to use other library services and resources

  6. I am currently a middle school student

  7. I am currently a high school student

  8. I am currently a college student

  9. I am currently a high school graduate and engaged in career exploration at my library

  10. I am currently considering a new learning pathway to either gain an industry credential or certificate, OR enroll in a college or university program and getting this help at my library

D. Show us, don't tell us

Describe your space: You must be able to provide a play area that is at least 7 x 5 feet (preferable, but not strictly necessary, as head gear can be provided that can be set up in a computer area for a seated or standing experience).

Describe your library's bandwidth: Remember, robust bandwidth is preferable but not strictly necessary.

Describe your communication plan: How will you strategically lead the dialog (among those you are working with, as well as audiences at large like your governing bodies, other patrons, elected officials, funders) about everything you are trying to do as in your plan?

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