Writing a DonorsChoose.org Project
Type of technology: Website
SAMR Model Rating: Possibilities are endless
Grade level: All
Subject area: All
Do you wish there was a website that would send you the exact materials you want for your classroom at no cost to you? This place exists, it is donorschoose.org! You can use this technology to get what you need or even to get the technology you need!
First a little about the website, Donors Choose is a website that facilitates donations to public school classroom all over the United States. Simply put, teachers ask for what they want, people who want to donate provide the funds and Donors Choose buys the materials and sends them to you. If you want in on this, here is what you need to do:
Create an account at donorschoose.org it is as easy and self explanatory as creating an account for any online system can be.
Next, create a project. Donor’s Choose gives a lot of support here.
First you will need to choose a project type. To make sure all teachers follow through with thanking their donors, the website uses a point system. You are given points to begin with and spend them by making projects. You gain more points by completing project requirements. Different types of projects cost different amounts of points. I would recommend starting with a project that costs 1 or 2 points and involves shopping through Donors Choose’s vendors.
Once you have chosen the type of project, it is time to shop! You will be directly linked from donorschoose.org to your shopping experience with vendors such as Best Buy, Lakeshore, Amazon and many others!
When you have decided everything you want to request you summarize your cart which just means write in words what you are requesting. For example, My students need 2 mini iPads to help them learn technology skills.
Now the fun part where you get to tell your story. The website gives a lot of guidance about how to write this part. Mostly you just brag about your students and tell how much they would benefit from and deserve what you are asking for.
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The last thing is to make a snappy title so people will click on your project, some examples I have used are:
- Learning with Ease when I requested a teaching easel
- Teach-nology in the Classroom when I requested a mini iPad and netbook
- Computer Mice are Nice when I requested computer mice for a computer lab.
You can get as creative as you want.
And that’s pretty much it! After you submit your project a volunteer will look it over and ask you for anything else they need, then it will be posted on the site. You can share about your project on Facebook or email your friends and family, but often times strangers will donate to projects as well.
Once your project is funded, the materials are shipped directly to your school and then you get to write thank you notes to all the amazing people who donated to you and your students.
This is truly one of the easiest and most fun ways to get amazing materials for your students, I hope you try it out!