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Finding money for classroom technology, for special projects, or for your own professional development can be tough with today's shrinking school budgets. TeachersFirst is committed to helping teachers use technology effectively as a teaching tool. We offer these listings as possible grant sources for your educational technology and other projects. Be sure to read the details carefully when submitting grant proposals to improve your chances of success.

TeachersFirst has no affiliation with or interest in any of the grant sources or competitions listed below. We offer this information strictly to assist teachers and educational groups in locating funding sources. If you have questions about any of these listings, please contact the organizations directly.

If you are successful in obtaining a grant that you find on our site, let us know! We will gladly share your tips for success with other teachers.

If you are a foundation or business offering grants to innovative educators using technology effectively as a teaching tool, please contact TeachersFirst so we may include your grant information on this page.

 

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First Book - Kyle Zimmer

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K to 12
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Studies show that owning a book increases interest in reading. First Book supplies free reading materials to children in need (at least 70% of the group come from low-income families)....more
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Studies show that owning a book increases interest in reading. First Book supplies free reading materials to children in need (at least 70% of the group come from low-income families). Register the recipient group such as a school, early childhood program, or after-school program to access free books and book grant opportunities.
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tag(s): grants (19), preK (281)

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Register with First Book to view available free materials if you teach in a low-income setting. Share with youth groups and other organizations that can benefit from this service. Share First Book with students, then organize a book drive to help families and groups in your community.

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ARKive - Wildscreen

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ARKive is a spectacular digital library with over 100,000 images and photographs showcasing a record of life on Earth. The focus of ARKive's content is to raise awareness of the ...more
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ARKive is a spectacular digital library with over 100,000 images and photographs showcasing a record of life on Earth. The focus of ARKive's content is to raise awareness of the world's endangered species. Browse through the site using links to species, places, or topics and use filters to narrow down content as desired. Find lesson plans and more for educators sorted by age levels under the Educate tab. Make sure you visit the Fun section to discover the world's favorite species, play games, take quizzes, and much more!

tag(s): animal homes (41), animals (276), endangered species (38), forests (29), habitats (84), oceans (148), plants (145)

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Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. The site grants permission for educational download and use of the images (NOT on a web page), provided you include the copyright information with each image. Have students create sets of images to illustrate a report or make graphic organizers illustrating families of animals from your area and their classifications into kingdom, phylum, etc. By letting students choose their own animals and examples, the task will have more meaning to them. Individuals can set up memberships (click My ARKive) to make "scrapbooks" of images and information. Membership requires a valid email address (info about your registration is sent there), so a whole-class or teacher account may be the easiest way to use it. Create a link on classroom computers for students to explore on their own. If your students are creating an online poster or digital story to present their research, this is an excellent opportunity to point out the copyright on this site and challenge students to find the same information on a website they can use with proper citation.
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GetEdFunding - CDW-G

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GetEdFunding curates and collects an up to date database of grant and award opportunities for school systems. Create a free account using your email to search and view available grants....more
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GetEdFunding curates and collects an up to date database of grant and award opportunities for school systems. Create a free account using your email to search and view available grants. Once you have an account, save items of interest and stay up to date on upcoming deadlines. In addition to the site's very large database, be sure to check out the Resources link for articles, videos, a glossary, and access to the online community forum. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): grants (19)

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Create your account and explore GetEdFunding to find many grant opportunities. Apply for a grant using the tips provided in the Resources link. Be sure to share with your colleagues as an excellent resource for all grade levels and subjects. Consider creating a committee of interested teachers to divide up grant writing and win money for your school.
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H & R Block Budget Challenge - H & R Block

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Give real-world, relevant lessons in personal finance with H and R Block's help. Two educational online games, Beyond the Mission, and Murktide Invasion feature missions with the main...more
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Give real-world, relevant lessons in personal finance with H and R Block's help. Two educational online games, Beyond the Mission, and Murktide Invasion feature missions with the main characters facing financial dilemmas. Students must develop ways to solve the challenge. Budget Challenge lesson plans include Budgeting, Reading a Paycheck and Understanding Challenges, 401K, Insurance, Savings, and Credit Scores and Loans. Thirty-minute workshops include budgeting, credit cards, and student loans. Teacher submitted lesson plans feature portfolios, cost of living, and checking accounts. Two annual scholarship opportunities continue from September through April and involve classes and individual students. The Video Vaults contains past winners of the Challenges. Keep up with the blog for further articles and ideas. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): financial literacy (80), grants (19)

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Put relevant, real-world opportunities into content area subjects by using a problem based financial literacy lesson plans, challenges, or online games. Use the lesson plans or choose the parts that are relevant to your curriculum. For younger students, offer in a gifted or enrichment class. In middle or high schools, make this part of your regular curriculum. Use as a reference for a problem-based learning situation involving raising money or spending money carefully and effectively. The Budget Challenge is available at multiple times from September through April. Challenge your students to participate nightly to earn points. At the midway point and the conclusion; the top classroom will win grants. Have students make a checklist using a tool such as Strike, reviewed here, to keep up with information during the game. Have students journal their daily progress in your class blog. Be sure to keep a page on your website for students to record any challenges they face. Review these periodically as needed.

Continue this study with a well hooked next step, careers! Students can find opportunities to explore their career interests preparing for the next step, colleges and universities! All of the work completed with financial literacy, career planning, and college preparation can go into a multimedia portfolio. Create a multimedia presentation using one of many TeachersFirst Edge tools, reviewed here.

Start a Personal Finance Night and invite banks, businesses, colleges, and universities to present relevant information. Students can also start small companies, decide upon a product, make plans, discover the capital needed, produce the product, and sell at an Economy Fair. Be sure to have students interview successful business leaders in your community and present these in a multimedia presentation. Tie in relevant literature; biographies, investment stories and financial books such as Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell. Make a difference to change the lives of your students forever.
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Educator Innovator - MacArthur Foundation

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Always challenging your students to the highest level of Bloom's taxonomy, creating? The time has come for you as a teacher to jump into creativity in teaching. Join the blog ...more
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Always challenging your students to the highest level of Bloom's taxonomy, creating? The time has come for you as a teacher to jump into creativity in teaching. Join the blog and growing community of educators and organizations who support you, to change education. Get inspired with webinars, podcasts, and videos by educators who have found new ways of meeting and challenging students. Grant opportunities and webinars of successful, innovative teachers challenge you to look for more. Some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): grants (19), professional development (123)

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Dare to be different and engage your students in learning that is unique and meets their needs, designed by you! Share this site with a colleague and let your imaginations run wild. Do what teachers do best, engage, motivate and inspire students to love learning.
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Doing What Works - US Department of Education

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Looking for best practices and ways to provide evidence for current practices? Discover Doing What Works! Find research and resources in the subject areas of reading, math, science,...more
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Looking for best practices and ways to provide evidence for current practices? Discover Doing What Works! Find research and resources in the subject areas of reading, math, science, English fluency, and how to teach effectively for teachers and administrators. Current national reports reflect recent trends in education. Information is also geared to educating parents.

tag(s): grants (19), parents (56), professional development (123)

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Use Doing What Works to increase your knowledge of best practices and have research backing up your educational decisions. Need information and evidence for grants? Doing What Works is the go-to site! This site is a great site to recommend to eager parents to help them understand current educational practices, and also parent resources.
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Made By Milk Carton Construction Contest - Evergreen Packaging

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Enter the Made By Milk Contest (a design and building challenge) for a chance to win up to $5,000 for your school or simply to learn. Offered each spring and ...more
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Enter the Made By Milk Contest (a design and building challenge) for a chance to win up to $5,000 for your school or simply to learn. Offered each spring and fall, this contest is sure to inspire creativity in all participants. Simple rules make it easy to participate. Create a design using 100 or more milk cartons. Take pictures of the completed project, and include a short essay explaining why your school should win. Be sure to check out the Past Winners page for ideas on what it takes to create a winning entry. (Hint: earn extra points if reward money is to be used for green projects.) Even if you do not want to join in the contest, the challenges offer wonderful STEM projects to try within your school or at home.

tag(s): architecture (83), counting (119), grants (19), STEM (134), structures (24)

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This project is perfect for individual classroom participation, Art Clubs, or after school clubs. Incorporate this project into your math class and have students count the number of cartons used, estimate how many cartons needed, or calculate how long it will take to gather the number of needed cartons. Join in the challenge in conjunction with a science unit on structures or a physics unit at much higher levels. Include as part of your nutrition unit to help students understand the importance of dairy in a healthy diet. Share this information with your PTO/PTA as a possible "makers movement" idea for an evening of fun and learning, even if you never enter the official contest. Let your gifted students (or a school service club) organize and plan a mini-version of the contest within your school, perhaps using the smaller milk cartons from the cafeteria. Make re-using milk cartons a creative event for Earth Day.

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Kids Gardening - National Gardening Association

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Get involved with gardening throughout the community using ideas from Kids Gardening! Explore news articles discussing different types of gardening, gardens in schools, and new ideas...more
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Get involved with gardening throughout the community using ideas from Kids Gardening! Explore news articles discussing different types of gardening, gardens in schools, and new ideas for successful gardening. Choose from the Family Gardening or School Gardening sections for how-to guides, lessons, projects. Learn how to make the most of "gardening moments." Be sure to take some time to explore this site for many useful ideas for indoor and outdoor gardening projects.
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tag(s): grants (19), nutrition (154), plants (145)

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If you aren't lucky enough to have outdoor gardening space, take advantage of ideas offered for indoor gardens such as terrariums and container gardening. Be sure to check out the extensive lesson library to search by theme, standards, season, and more. Use the Growing Poems ideas from the site as part of your poetry or plant unit. After starting your garden project, have students create an annotated image of their plants including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Photocat, reviewed here. Be sure to check out the Grants & Fundraising link for information on raising money for your classroom or school garden!

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PledgeCents - pledgecents.com

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K to 12
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Do you need funds for a classroom project or equipment? PledgeCents is a quick and easy solution to classroom and school fundraising. Begin with a fundraising idea and a goal. ...more
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Do you need funds for a classroom project or equipment? PledgeCents is a quick and easy solution to classroom and school fundraising. Begin with a fundraising idea and a goal. Create your class page with a project description, pictures, videos, and other relevant information. Share your page through social media links to Facebook, Twitter, and more. More simply, share the link on your class web page. Donors click to "invest" in your cause and are guided through a simple process to donate either by name or anonymously. After the project deadline, collect funds easily and safely for use with your project.

tag(s): grants (19), service projects (25)

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Use this site as a potential funding source or make a donation. Join the site (free). Then take the time to write up a clearly-worded project proposal along with pictures and video. You can even make the project a challenge to your school community, if you wish. If you are a student council or Key Club adviser, make one or more of the projects on this site your targeted service project for the year. Or use this venue to collect funds to purchase materials for your own school or club service projects. Encourage philanthropy to support good causes: kids helping kids! Share with your school's Parent Teacher Organization as a fundraising tool for any and all projects. Don't forget to send the project descriptions with local media such as small town newspapers, local TV, or service groups who might make a donation.

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Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program - Scholarship America.

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K to 12
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With over 5 million dollars granted, Voya Unsung Heroes has supported teachers through grants provided by its Unsung Heroes Program. Each year grants are provided to K-12 educators...more
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With over 5 million dollars granted, Voya Unsung Heroes has supported teachers through grants provided by its Unsung Heroes Program. Each year grants are provided to K-12 educators utilizing new teaching techniques and methods that improve learning. Applications are judged on three criteria: innovative method, creativity, and ability to positively influence students. 100 Finalists are chosen yearly to receive $2,000 grants with at least one award going to each of the 50 states. Three top awards of $25,000, $10,000 and $5,000 are given to the top three recipients. Follow links provided on the site to apply for the grant. The deadline is generally the end of April each year.

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Applications are accepted annually generally with a deadline of April each year. Nominate yourself or a colleague.

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Shell Science Lab Challenge - NSTA and Shell

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NSTA and Shell sponsor this annual grant program to support science inquiry in schools, especially those with urban areas or with underrepresented populations. If you make innovative...more
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NSTA and Shell sponsor this annual grant program to support science inquiry in schools, especially those with urban areas or with underrepresented populations. If you make innovative use of limited facilities, use your ideas as part of an entry for a generous package of lab equipment, funds, and professional development support (NSTA membership and conference). The annual deadline is during November. Read details, criteria, and tips on the site. There is an archived video with tips for developing a strong application.

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Take the time to earn a reward for "doing more with less." You and your students can share the many ways you manage science inquiry with limited facilities. Don't be afraid to include some student brainstorming and comments to explain your creative use of limited resources to make science real for your classes.

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Technology and Reading Ebooks in Education - Drs.Cavanaugh

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Find a comprehensive list of sources for eBooks and ways to use them. Dr. Terry Cavanaugh has a wide variety of information dedicated to using eBooks in the classroom. Find ...more
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Find a comprehensive list of sources for eBooks and ways to use them. Dr. Terry Cavanaugh has a wide variety of information dedicated to using eBooks in the classroom. Find links for online libraries, news, blogs, history, platforms, features, accommodations, samples, and borrowing guidelines. A section entitled educational applications, features creating eBooks with PowerPoint, digital Big Books, and eBooks in higher education. Classroom lesson ideas along with reading strategies help you incorporate eBooks into your curriculum. A link to the Florida recommended eBook list is also given. Find advice on video book talks, Book trading with eBooks, and an online Book cataloging library resource tool. A section for books promoting eBooks use in the classrooms lists resources to make you proficient. Find samples for creating eBooks to fit into your own classroom needs.

tag(s): audio books (32), ebooks (42)

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Capture your student's interest in technology and reading with eBooks. Join the latest craze to promote life long reading. Join blogs to see what other teachers are doing. Use as a parent resource to help promote interest. Use as background information while writing grants or proposals for technology grants. Be sure to investigate the variety of classroom ideas for using technology and eBooks.

Consider incorporating technology into your literature circles. You might want to start with a whole class novel, having students listen to certain chapters using an eBook. Have the "discussion director" for the group post questions on Edmodo reviewed here with the understanding that they may answer the questions on Edmodo, but these are "discussion starters" for the circle meeting in class.

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Elmer's & Kids In Need Foundation Teacher Tool Kit Grants - Elmer's

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Apply for one of these school supply grants offered annually by Elmer's so they can do one or more of the projects in the "catalog" of ideas Elmer's offers. All ...more
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Apply for one of these school supply grants offered annually by Elmer's so they can do one or more of the projects in the "catalog" of ideas Elmer's offers. All certified K-12 teachers are eligible, though priority is given to first year teachers. Read the criteria and click to download the grant application. The application cycle appears to open in Feb-April for funding the following school year. The catalog of ideas offers downloadable pdfs for many subjects and grades.

tag(s): crafts (40), grants (19)

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Explore the many crafts, center, and curriculum project ideas for many subjects. Many are offered for grades K-8 and a few for high school. Then apply for a grant for the coming school year. You might also enjoy simply browsing for good craft and curriculum project ideas, even if you do not seek a grant.
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Fuel Up To Play 60 - U.S. Dept. Agriculture, National Football League

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Encourage students to get sixty minutes of exercise daily by partnering school workers with this site's two sponsors: the Department of Agriculture and the National Football League....more
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Encourage students to get sixty minutes of exercise daily by partnering school workers with this site's two sponsors: the Department of Agriculture and the National Football League. You can join the program for free and see if your school qualifies to receive grants to help educate your students about exercise, nutrition, and healthy eating and also to increase student access to more physical education programs and better foods. Check with your school administrators to be sure it is acceptable to have your school join and to allow your students to individually register. "Quick Start Resources" help you learn how to use the program and set up their class as a team.

tag(s): fitness (49), nutrition (154)

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Participate in the healthy eating challenge by creating your own class video entry for the Cooking Show Challenge! Share the videos using a tool such as Teachers.TV reviewed here. Help your class members to apply to be student ambassadors. Help your students to sign up and start graphing their physical activity and nutritional changes, receive badges and prizes, see how their classmates are doing and encourage them by giving rewards, and finally, by viewing what other classes are doing. Share the information on this site with parents so they can support the lifestyle changes encouraged here at home.
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ClassWish - ClassWish.org

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Just as the name implies, this site offers the opportunity for teachers to post a wish list of items wanted for the classroom. The list can be shared with others ...more
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Just as the name implies, this site offers the opportunity for teachers to post a wish list of items wanted for the classroom. The list can be shared with others in the community, providing a way for people to donate and receive a tax deduction. Sign up is easy, search the site for your school, click teachers, then create your wish list. Be sure to visit the wish list tool kit that offers suggestions for publicizing your list. When donations are received, the teacher is notified and can order items to be sent directly to school. Donors can recommend what they want to be purchased; however, it is up to the teacher how to spend the money. Administrators and school PTO/PTA's can also create their own wish lists.

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Use this site as a potential funding source or make a donation. Join the site (free). Then take the time to write up a clearly-worded wish list for potential donors to view. Share the site with parents and others in the community using the tips on the site. If you have a sister school in a needy area, this is a great way for them to list their needs and for your own school to organize the donations. Instead of holiday teacher gifts (another coffee cup?!), why not use this tool to request items you really need for your classroom or school?

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iPod user group Wiki - Joe Morelock

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If considering writing a grant for iPods or iPads, then this is a site not to miss. View examples of grant proposals, learn how to develop a management system for ...more
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If considering writing a grant for iPods or iPads, then this is a site not to miss. View examples of grant proposals, learn how to develop a management system for your new acquisition, integrate the iPod or iPad into curriculum, and examine the results others schools have had. There are many resources to explore at this site! The resources here explain how to set-up multiple iPods or iPads, provide syncing tips, directions on how to create meta-playlists, manage school-wide podcast files, create digital portfolios, and practices that will enhance reading fluency. Much of the content may apply to other brands of tablets, as well. Impressive presentations and teacher reflections are free for download. View the hard data of previous school grant results in the form of bar graphs, pie charts, and line graphs. These all clearly demonstrate the positive effect iPods/tablets can have on reading fluency, state standardized tests and ENGAGEMENT! This is also an excellent resource to use when creating dynamic presentations meant to bolster support for innovative programming.

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This blog provides examples of grants that serve as wonderful models when writing your own. Most of the examples on this blog are for the iPod touch, but many of the same concepts pertain to iPad use or other tablets as well. Librarians or IT directors will want to access this site for valuable background information on how to manage the maintenance and circulation of e-readers, iPods, iPads, or other tablets. If outside funding or school support is an issue, look beyond the tool and examine their instructional practices. Much of the grant success is due to incorporation of voice recording. Consider having students record their reading or writing by using some of the free web resources TeacherFirst suggests such as PodOmatic reviewed here or Audio Pal reviewed here. Examine how these grants use multitasking in the classroom. Consider using audio books while students engage in less cognitively demanding tasks. ESL/ELL instructors will find the lesson examples and results valuable.
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Sumo Paint 3.0 - Lauri Koutaniemi and Aaro Vaananen

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6 to 12
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Sumo Paint is a free, web-based painting and photo editing application. Without even having to create an account, users can edit images from a URL or personal desktop file. Simply ...more
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Sumo Paint is a free, web-based painting and photo editing application. Without even having to create an account, users can edit images from a URL or personal desktop file. Simply go directly to the site and begin editing images or creating work directly from a web browser (Firefox and Google Chrome only, at the time of this review), or download the app to your desktop. The painting tools included are layering, cloning, blur effects, a magic wand, shape tools, paint bucket, lasso selecting, filters, and the ability to add text. The photo editing tools allow for the adjusting contrast, hue saturation, and color balance. The application works with JPGs, GIFs and PNGs and saves work as a JPG and PNG format. The support tutorials provide tips on how to use these various features. Sumo Paint also serves as a global network of artists and is available in over fifty different languages. Without an account, users can view work but cannot share or post comments. Signing up for a free account will provide artists an opportunity to share their work, comment, view, and rate the work others artists. A free account also grants access to features such as the ability save the layer data incomplete artwork, back up files, and participate in collaborative image creation.

tag(s): design (83), painting (66), photography (160)

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Previous experience with layer-based design software editing such as Photoshop is extremely beneficial. The "Sumo Paint Help" page provides helpful tutorials but individuals without previous training may need additional support.

Challenge students to learn about the tools professional designers use today. Select and then project video help tutorials to the whole class. Before sending students off for independent practice, demonstrate how to use the image editing and painting tools on an interactive whiteboard or projector. The videos in this section link to YouTube, so systems that block YouTube access may not be able to access this without a work-around. If your school blocks YouTube, consider accessing this site and previewing the video at home, using a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube to bring it in "on a stick" for class use. Rather than a traditional report, challenge students to write articles and create magazine covers for biographies, history or science reports using Magazine Cover Maker reviewed here. Have students create icons for logos for websites. Have students create artwork for CD labels for portfolios or multimedia projects using CD Cover Maker reviewed here. Post a link to Sumo Paint on your class website for student access outside of school. The beauty of this free cloud based software it that students can start a project in school, collaborate on a single image, and continue to work on it after school hours.

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Clorox Classrooms - The Clorox Company

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K to 5
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Clorox Classrooms is designed to help teachers or parents explain good hygiene practices and the importance of protecting yourself against "germs" and bacteria as well as where to find...more
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Clorox Classrooms is designed to help teachers or parents explain good hygiene practices and the importance of protecting yourself against "germs" and bacteria as well as where to find them in school and at home. Lesson plans, whiteboard interactives, and take home activities are all included here. Links lead to grants to be applied for by classroom teachers and coupons for Clorox products.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): bacteria (30), diseases (66), hygiene (10)

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Find great lesson plans that would be great in a health and science cross curricular unit. Students use simple tools such as thermometers and more to collect data and compare results. For a creative extension and informational writing activity, have students create their own "germ" profiles by using a paint program to draw a picture of an imaginary germ, its f vorite environment, and the things humans can do to keep it under control. Use a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to upload student-drawn images and have students narrate about them.
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School Video News - John Churchman

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6 to 12
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School Video News provides valuable resources and on-going professional guidance for educators developing technical expertise in video production. Their free monthly magazine is full...more
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School Video News provides valuable resources and on-going professional guidance for educators developing technical expertise in video production. Their free monthly magazine is full of technical articles written by industry professionals. The web site posts examples of student projects, production tips, school profiles, and product reviews. The teacher page contains articles that focus on issues common to educators, provides legal tips on copyright laws, book suggestions, video tutorials, information about grants and competitions. An especially good feature is the excellent lesson plans and activities that come complete with an email contact for questions or feedback. Subscribe to their monthly magazine or follow their twitter posts @schoolvideonews.

This site is a fantastic professional development resource to enhance educator's technical expertise in video production. There are articles and a wealth of information about possible grants and competitions. Those who have grant money to spend will find the informative product reviews helpful for making equipment decisions. The discussion board is great way to reach out to other professionals and develop a personal learning network. Facilitators of school television productions or broadcast journalism will find not only informative technical advice but also guidance about ethical decision-making and how to handle controversial subject matter. It is worth it to subscribe to this site, everything is here.

tag(s): journalism (46)

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Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have student's jigsaw various articles from the "Production" page and research the stages in production and the responsibility of each team member's role. After assigning positions to student, ask them to do more in-depth research about the expectations of their particular job. Have students create multimedia presentations about their job, such as having students create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here.

Recommend video tutorials or articles on subjects such as how to build dollies, create green screens, lighting, design backdrops, shoot angles or how to monitor a sound track. Help students take incentive for their own learning by merely directing them to informative on-line resources.
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Kidlandia - Kidlandia, Inc.

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K to 4
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Imagine a land that your students can claim as their own. Kidlandia grants that wish--for free. With a simple sign-in, your students chose a landform, type in their own names, ...more
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Imagine a land that your students can claim as their own. Kidlandia grants that wish--for free. With a simple sign-in, your students chose a landform, type in their own names, enter their birth date, then enter the names of 20+ other people (parents, grandparents, whomever you wish). The map is magically created with their personal names, such as "Melissa Island" and "Brady Sea." If sharing email addresses is allowed, students may share their map with others. If you plan to have students register individually, you may want to create your own Gmail account with up to 20 subaccounts for each group of students (by code name or number) within your classes. Here is a blog post that tells how to set up GMail subaccounts to use for any online membership service.

Although much of this site is free, there are links to purchase the maps and other "extras." So be sure to warn students NOT to click on those options. Flash is required at this site. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): creativity (108), maps (287)

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Use this site to reinforce map skills using students' own personalized maps! If you have a classroom wiki page, link the student maps to share with viewers. Challenge students to write stories to go along with the maps and email them to grandparents and parents along with the map link. Print the maps for a creative bulletin board on map making skills.
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