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Putting Technology in the hands of teachers to prepare today's students for tomorrow

Putting Technology in the hands of teachers to prepare today's students for tomorrow
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50 Fundraising Ideas Creative and Easy Ways to Raise Money for Your Organization Often, the most challenging part of fundraising is coming up with a creative idea that will motivate the troops. Since the best idea is often found in having a lot of them, you’ll be off to a great start with your next fundraiser with these 50 easy fundraising ideas. 1. Coordinate volunteers for a fundraising event at SignUpGenius. 4. Collect pledge donations or money for meal orders with SignUpGenius Payments! 15. 17. Participants can sign up and pay to attend your fundraising event on SignUpGenius! 26. Ask attendees to sign up for their manis, pedis and massages in an online sign up created at SignUpGenius! 41. If you'd like to read about even more fundraising ideas, check out additional articles on the SignUpGenius Resource page. Posted by Angel Rutledge Posted by Nancee AT on Fri Apr 4, 2014 3:58 PM EST To Wendy: Love his slogan! Report Abuse Posted by Wendy Prather on Fri Apr 4, 2014 1:54 PM EST Report Abuse THX a lot 4 the ideas.

Creative Resources - Reuse Center - Creative Re-Sources Reuse Center Creative Resources is an awesome reuse “store” that provides donated reusable materials to Johnson County educators and not-for-profit groups within the community. To shop at Creative Re-Sources, individuals from Johnson County schools, churches, scout troops, home school families and not-for-profit groups pay $5.00 per shopper per shopping visit (one shopping visit per month – Cash or check only) to shop. The fees go toward offsetting the cost of shipping materials and staff time to stock inventory. All of the items available at Creative Re-Sources have been donated by area businesses, manufacturers, organizations, and individuals in an effort to keep the materials out of landfills. Shopping days are the second Thursday of each month or by appointment (See Shopping Calendar for specific dates).

The 2012 A-Z List Of Educational Twitter Hashtags We got so many additions and updates to our 2011 list we thought it was time to bring you the most up-to-date list for 2012. So, without further ado, here’s the 2012 A-Z list of educational Twitter hashtags. We went through all the comments on the 2011 version , wrote down all the Twitter and Facebook updates, and compiled this list over the course of several months. I’m sure we still missed some as new hashtags seemingly pop up every day. First, some background to get you up to speed on what the heck a hashtag is. First, What’s A Hashtag? Whether you’re a new or seasoned Twitter user, you likely come across confusing hashtags that probably look like a bunch of nonsense. The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keyword or topic in a Tweet. For example, the popular #edchat hashtag is used by thousands of users every Tuesday. How To Hide Your Hashtag Chat From Followers You don’t need to do this with all your chat tweets (though you could). Sources The Most Popular Hashtags Technology

Easy Fundraising Ideas for Schools, Churches, Sports and Non Profits Recent | Make It @ Your Library Classroom 2.0 Pilot program at New Carrollton middle school teaches teachers to integrate tech -- Gazette.Net Jamie Anfenson-Comeau/The Gazette Charles Carroll Middle School seventh-graders Genesis Ramos, Yoselin Garcia and Charlsy Nyam use their iPads and MacBooks to work on a project for their seventh-grade honors science class. The headline on this article was corrected on April 25, 2014. Charles Carroll Middle School students are learning about bodily systems’ internal balance via a theoretical “zombie apocalypse.” “If a person gets bitten by a zombie, it spreads,” said Yoselin Garcia, 13, of New Carrollton. To depict the effects of their “zombie apocalypse,” students are collaborating to integrate video, photos, lectures and other materials using their iPads and other mobile devices. The technology isn’t just an add-on to their education, it’s an intrinsic aspect, thanks in part to a pilot program aimed at teaching teachers how to integrate technology into the classroom. “We were sitting in a building with over 1,000 iPads, and we were like, now what do we do with them?”

25 Ways to Re-use Your Keurig's K-Cups A Keurig coffee machine is a wonderful thing. It’s convenient, fast and easy, and it brews the perfect cup of coffee every time, right? But the downside to the Keurig is all of those little, plastic k-cups piling up in the landfill. If you’ve wondered how to re-use your k-cups but weren’t quite sure what to do with them, you’re going to love this post! Together, my Facebook followers and I have come up with 25 crafty and creative ways for you to re-use Keurig K-cups in the home, garden, craft room, classroom and playroom! For your convenience, this post contains affiliate links 25 Ways to Re-use Keurig K-Cups 1. 2. 3. 4. make light work of chopping herbs) 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Turn your K-cups into homemade advent calendar for Christmas! Make K-cup Christmas bell ornaments. Make some festive K-cup snack holders or party favours. 10. More uses for K-cups: 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. And now it’s your turn! Looking for more ways to recycle? Recycled Wind Chimes

EasyTech - Interactive Online Technology Literacy Curriculum Practice PARCC and Smarter Balanced Skills in the Classroom One of the best ways to prepare students for online assessments is to integrate technology into core instruction. With EasyTech, teachers don’t have to stop or change what they plan to teach in order to integrate technology into their classroom routine. Features & Benefits Lessons reflect current representations of technology and software, including a ribbon interface Grade-appropriate, guided instruction with immediate feedback Detailed instruction for core technology skills: mouse basics, keyboarding, and word processing PARCC and Smarter Balanced prep sequence Aligned with ISTE Standards for Students Complete online safety instruction that exceeds E-Rate requirements Available in English and Spanish Content is web-delivered with no downloads or installs required EasyTech is Tablet-Ready The app provides students with access to EasyTech lessons on iPad® and Android® tablet devices. Sample Screens Exciting New Lessons

Five-Minute Film Festival: 9 Ways to Raise Money for Your Class Online Move over, bake sales. It's a brand new year, and time to start thinking big about how to use the Web to fund new projects or get gear for your classroom. Edutopia has just released an amazingly useful downloadable guide to crowdfunding, and to dovetail with that, I've collected nine ideas for how to raise money online and follow those classroom dreams. If, like many teachers, you have great ideas but no resources to carry them out, then this list will be a jackpot for you -- the season of giving and generosity might not be over yet! Video Playlist: Online Fundraising for Educators Watch the player below to see the whole playlist, or view it on YouTube. Our Mission to Transform Education (00:59) Donors Choose has been helping educators raise money for more than a decade. More Resources for Digital Fundraising for the Classroom

Makerspace Resources The resources below were compiled as part of my research while writing Makerspaces: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014). You might also be interested in the results from the Makerspaces in Libraries Survey I conducted in 2013. General Makerspace ResourcesMakerspace DirectoriesLibrary-Focused Maker ResourcesProject SitesMaker ProductsMakerspace Funding and Donation SourcesDiscussion ListsTwitter Hashtags and Folks to FollowFacebook GroupsGeneral Technology Sites and Blogs General Makerspace Resources Make:: The website for Make: magazine contains a blog, videos, project information, and links to the other Maker Media sites. The projects are sorted by category and rated for difficulty. Maker book lists: A series of maker book lists created by Meredith Nelson, Johnson County Public Library, organized by age and by type of making. Maker Movement Manifesto: Chapter 1 - Mark Hatch, 2014. Makerspace Directories has a directory of makerspaces. Hackerspaces

Top 14 Educational Technology Tweeters to Follow I don't think that there is a week that passes by without us posting a new article about Twitter here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. Given the importance of this social network in education, we have dedicated a whole section in this blog to cover only educational Twitter tools that teachers can use to promote their teaching and learning and also to grow professionally. In today's post, I am introducing you to some of the top educational technology accounts you can follow on Twitter.If you are a busy teacher who does not have time to sift through Twitter to look for guys whose tweets can trust and therefore follow then you can check the ones mentioned below. These educators are among the most prominent in the field of educational technology and their tweets will definitely save you time and energy especially when looking for updated and fresh news, resources and tips on technology integration in education. 1- @Jerry Blumengarten 2- @ isteconnects 3- @ Edudemic 4- @edutopia

10 Ways to Get Free Money & Classroom Supplies Every year teachers spend a lot of money out of their own pockets for classroom supplies and materials for the betterment of their students. The IRS allows you to deduct some of those expenditures, but that doesn't always cover your out-of-pocket expenses. To help you avoid having to spend too much out of your pocket this year, I've compiled a list of ten ways you can try to find free money and supplies for your classroom. As they have for the last few years, Target is again awarding 5,000 $700 grants for school field trips. Goldstar Registry is a free service for teachers to use to get school supplies. Giving Getting is a whose goal is to people exchange free material gifts. Grant Gopher is a service that helps registered users find grants for just about any non-profit organization. Donors Choose is an exciting program for teachers. Classwish is a service through which teachers can find people willing to help purchase supplies for their classrooms. Ask your local business owners.

Grants FAQs: Answers About Target Grants What is the focus of Target education grants? Arts, Culture & Design in Schools: Target funds in-school arts programs that enhance students' classroom curricula by bringing the arts and cultural experiences to schools, such as in-school performances, artist-in-residency programs and workshops in schools. Early Childhood Reading: Target funds programs that foster a love of reading and encourage young children, preschool through third grade, to read together with their families. Field Trips: Target funds programs that allow students and teachers to learn in all kinds of settings. Why is Target’s education grant program now placing an emphasis on arts education instead of arts accessibility? Our commitment to making the arts affordable and accessible for children and families remains unchanged. At the national level, we will continue to sponsor arts accessibility programs nationwide, including our sponsorship of free and reduced price access to arts and cultural events. Arts: Social Services: