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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).

Easy Fundraising Ideas for Schools, Churches, Sports and Non Profits Instructables - DIY How To Make Instructions 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?”

Recent | Make It @ Your Library 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. DonorsChoose.org: 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

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

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.

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 Makerspace.com has a directory of makerspaces. Hackerspaces

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:

Fundraising and Grant Resources for Tech Integration It's great to talk about integrating technology, but what if you're stuck in a classroom with little or no technology or in a school with limited resources? Seek out free money! Here are some great resources for getting technology into your students' hands. Digital Wish Create a profile for your school. WeAreTeachers Ongoing grants for anything from $200 to a flip cam. Donors Choose Create a teacher account and submit a project proposal like a set of books or a digital camera. ThinkQuest Create a student team to solve a real-world problem and win hardware and a cash prize for your school. Target Stores Sign up for a Target RedCard and get your families and teachers to do so as well. Other Grant Resources K12 Handhelds.com Technology Grant News eSchoolNews has a great article on grant writing if you're looking to write a larger grant. What's great about completing little projects is building up a formidable collection of technology over the course of a few years. see more see less

Ten grant-writing resolutions for the new year By Deborah Ward, CFRE Read more by Deborah Ward January 7th, 2011 Follow these 10 resolutions for 2011, and you'll find more grant-writing success. As one year ends and another begins, I always think it’s a good idea to go back and review the basics of grant writing and develop some resolutions around them. Through the course of the year, as deadlines pile up and grant writing reaches a fever pitch at times, don’t forget to sit back, relax, and remember these resolutions—and you’ll be sure to find more grant-writing success. (I promise, none of them have anything to do with losing weight or exercising!) 1. I have to admit that I don’t make it a habit of doing this (usually owing to a lack of time), but I bought a book at the end of last year and started to read it … and I realized there was some helpful information for me, so I’m going to finish reading it this year. There are several books available that deal with grant writing, so have fun choosing one! 2. 3.

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