Funding Innovation


Providing students with access to innovative learning tools and resources is a right, not a privilege. It is up to educators to help students gain access to resource that will help them learn, consume, and produce content. In some schools you will find that students already own and have access to a number of personal learning devices. It is the job of the educator to support students in harnessing the power of their personal learning devices at and away from school. If districts and schools allow, teachers should be incorporating student-owned devices into instruction and supplementing that with purchased devices. Today you can get a highly functional low-cost laptop for about $300. You can read a comparison of brands here.

Just as we wouldn't allow a hearing impaired student to be without a hearing aid and/or other assisstive technology, or a visually impaired student to be without glasses, schools must do whatever they can to provide their students with innovative technologies that will support their learning. The next column provides ideas about affordable ways to fund innovation at your school.

The Innovative Educator's overview on funding innovation with DonorsChoose.org


Further Reading

COST EFFECTIVE WAYS TO PREPARE YOUR SCHOOL OR CLASSROOM FOR 21ST CENTURY LEARNING

No Time, No Funds by Tom Whitby

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A tremendous resource for funding innovation.
A tremendous resource for funding innovation.


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Exploring the "Funding Opportunities" section on the bottom right side of the page.