SchoolArts Magazine

MAR 2014

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t e c h n o L o g y Getting the Gear your grant is not completed within the designated time frame, you get nothing. Edbacker campaigns offer you the option of an "every little bit counts" choice dur- ing your time limit. This means that you get to keep the funds you raise towards your goal, even if you don't fund it completely. They send you a check, which you can use in accordance with your school's purchasing policy. artsonia One of the DonorsChoose. org projects for which we were funded was for a digital camera. We used this to help build a better online digital art gallery via Since Artsonia gives back 20% of each item purchased through their gift shop (fea- turing a child's artwork on a product) to the art program, it became a fundraiser as well. The more participation I was able to generate from my school community, the more funds we raised. grants I have also written and received dozens of grants over the years through our district foundation and other organizations (example here: The easiest grant to obtain for technology that I know of is through After about three minutes and one paragraph, you may be one of the thousands of teachers each month to receive an iPEVO product such as a USB Document Camera. It's good to put in your request at the beginning of the month before supplies run out. social networking to solicit support, and rally your school community to raise funding within a set time frame. provides a list of vendors to "shop" from for your technology products. It calculates your costs and ships the products to your school directly after you com- plete your grant. However, it operates with an all or nothing policy, so if T eaching art with tech- nology for instruction and art production is no longer an excep- tion; it's an expectation in many schools. However, the tools for implementing technology integration in the artroom may not be included in your district's budget. So, what is a proactive, energetic, technology integrationist wannabe to do? Aim for grant writing, fundraising, and con- tests, all the while educating your school community about the positive impact these tools can have on students. One of the first attempts I made at gaining technology tools for my classroom was through an online student video contest called 21st Century Connections. My class entered a student-made animated video that featured a student-written song about wanting technology. The song was written to the tune of a song from the show My Fair Lady by Lerner and Loewe. (view the movie at vimeo. com/1055415). Our movie won first place in its age cat- egory and started us on our journey of creatively obtain- ing funding for technology. crowd Funding sites I've also had some success raising funds for technology through crowd- funding websites like DonorsChoose. org and These sites allow teachers to create projects or campaigns that attract donations from education supporters. You are encour- aged to tell a compelling story, use Tricia Fuglestad When the art teacher obtains technology tools, every child wins. 14 March 2014 SchoolArts Continued on page 58. 11_20_3_14.indd 14 1/23/14 11:47 AM

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