Update: Classroom Tech funding & a couple other things

posted May 14, 2015, 9:36 AM by Dan Stay   [ updated May 14, 2015, 10:05 AM ]
I just gave an update to Sunderland FSO last night and I wanted to share that and a couple other notes for teachers.

First, DonorsChoose.org is in the news a lot lately and lots of famous people with money seem to like it.  Steven Colbert just funded a bunch of projects in South Carolina.  Google stepped in and funded every project in target areas including Calvert County last year.  DonorsChoose is an online charity which collects needs from teachers and offers the public a way to fund those needs.  You never know when someone may want to fund classroom needs in our area and for that reason EVERY TEACHER YOU KNOW should have at least a small project request posted on DonorsChoose at all times.  It could be supplies, technology, books, maybe a set of printer ink cartridges.  You can check out the site and see what others are asking for.  It's free but it takes a bit of doing to get setup on DonorsChoose.org, but you'll want to get on there so you can share in the donation buffet.  Here's a post I found with tips on how to get the most from DonorsChoose.

Google Apps for Education is available to all the classrooms I support, if you're reading this that probably means you.  The system is ready for you to roll it out to your students and if you contact me, we can try to make sure everything is ready for next school year.  Over the past year Google has taken a beating for their Classroom product because it did not allow multiple instructors in a team teaching setting.  I'm happy to report they have recently added this much requested functionality and Classroom is available on our system.

Margaret is up for re-certification this year.  As part of that process, we will produce a "Twitter for Teachers" video this Summer.  We are hoping to not only show how to setup an account but demonstrate some ways to use it to enhance classroom/parent communication and raise your professional profile.  Keep an eye out for it here.