Project Citizen

The Classrooms of the Future


 


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Summary: The future of classrooms is closer than most might think. With prices of computers going down and advancement in computers going up, we are at a great time to consider putting a plan in effect to make all classrooms based on computers. The way this would work is every student would get their own computer for all of their classes. This would not only organize the kids, it would also save paper. For example, one kind of computer that we could all get would be the apple iPad. If every kid in the school had one of the new apple iPad’s, they would all carry a one and a half pound device that would serve as a notebook for writing, something to use to surf the web, and also something to use to read books and textbooks, plus a device that has over 150,000 revolutionary applications that the students could use for education. The best part about this plan is that this would only cost about $500 for each computer, which is a lot cheaper than any other computer that we can get all of the applications that this device can have. We would like to do this because we use to much paper. If we used computers instead of paper we would be saving trees therefore saving oxygen. Twenty-two acres of trees produces enough oxygen for eighteen people.

Proposal: At Elm Place, every student would have a device like this to help keep organized and do their school work. Since these computers would probably drop in price after a few months for next year, we could include it in the tuition, and instead of buying a new computer every year, all students could use it for all of their years of school. This would save us money because of all the school supplies that we would not have to but every year. All students would just need to buy one computer and by doing so, they would be done buying school supplies for the rest of their three years at Elm Place.

Steps:
1. Buying Computers- The first step in this process is buying the computers. For Elm Place it would cost about $250,000 to buy all of the computers, but some or all of the cost could be from the tuition of the parents. This is also possible because parents would not have to buy almost any of the normal supplies that we need for school right now.
2. Distributing Computers- Computers would either be handed out to each student or mailed before the first day of school to be more orderly, and so that all of the students would already have their computers.
3. Loading Books- It would probably be a better idea to load the books the students need for classes. That way it is not done all by a few people and it would be much faster.

Cost Analysis:
This project would cost around $300,000 after buying the computers getting them to everyone.

Is It Constitutional? It is constitutional because it does not go against the constitution in any way.

Assessment: 
The final outcome of this project would be good because it would save paper, money, and make everybody a lot more organized.



Motion Sensor Lights


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Summary: This plan will include having motion sensor lights in all of the classrooms. This will waste less energy by turning off the lights when there is no motion or, in other words, when you do not need it. Getting these lights will make us have no need for light switches, so we would not need to remember to turn off the lights and waste more energy. All in all, this plan will cut down on energy we use from the lights by turning them off when there is no motion in the classroom. One disadvantage to this plan would be not being able to turn off the lights on our own. A better way to do this would be to say on the announcements or remind everyone just to turn off the lights when you do not need them on.

Proposal: This policy will let the lights turn themselves off so Elm Place will not waste energy by leaving them on or forgetting to turn them off.

Steps: 
1. Get the motion sensor lights- We would have to find a place to get the lights. We would also have to make sure that they are not too expensive for us to get.
2. Get them installed- We will either have to get some workers to come in and put in the lights or we would have to do it ourselves. If we get the workers to put them in, they would cost more, but they would do a better and faster job. 

Cost: The cost of motion sensor lights would be a lot of money. They cost a lot on their own and then we would either have to pay to get them installed or put them in by ourselves. One motion sensor light alone would be around fifteen to seventy dollars, and if we get them for each room with the installation, they would cost about nine-hundred dollars to about thirteen-thousand dollars.

Is It Constitutional? This plan is completely constitutional and there is no law against getting new lights.

Assessment: The final outcome at Elm Place would have motion sensor lights in all of the classrooms. This is how we would know that we accomplished our goal of getting them. We would also know that we accomplished our goal because when we walk into a room, it would light up before our eyes.