Top 3 (or 4) Crowdfunding Tools for Teachers


adoptaclassroomlogoThe average teacher spends up to $1,000 of their own money on supplies for students every year. Adopt A Classroom allows crowdfunders to partner with a teacher to ensure students have what they need to succeed. Here’s how it works:

  1. Donors find and fund a classroom by searching for a teacher they know, a school they have a connection with, or a subject they’re passionate about. 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes to the classroom.
  2. Teachers purchase supplies online. Since every classroom is different, our partners provide a wide selection of everything from pencils and paper to iPads and projectors.
  3. Students have the supplies they need to succeed. It’s amazing what teachers and students can accomplish together when they have the proper resources.
  4. Donors receive updates on their impact. When you donate through, you’ll receive reports on what your donation was used for and how it helped students.

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incitedlogoCreated by two English teachers at Oregon’s Clackamas Community College, IncitED is a crowdfunding community created for anyone with an education project that is in need of money. Whether you want to create an after-school program, develop new educational technology, help disadvantaged learners, establish a scholarship fund, or acquire classroom supplies, the possibilities for great education projects are virtually limitless. IncitED has a basic design and goal: to become the Kickstarter equivalent for education. So far they are accomplishing just that:

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 5.33.28 PM Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 5.33.45 PMKickstarter and IndieGoGo are the two most popular crowdfunding sites on the internet, however, none focus specifically on education. We’ve heard mixed reviews from teachers using these tools and the one thing they all have in common is this: both crowdfunding tools draw far more out-of-network (possible donors who you did not invite, who found you because they were searching for similar projects or stumbled across you on the home page) traffic than education-specific pages. The main difference between the two? IndieGoGo allows you to capture funds from projects that do not make their total fundraising goal, while Kickstarter will only release a fully-funded project.

Audubon Park: An Orlando Success Story (Ch. 6 News)

Head Start Supplemental Reading Curriculum

Cervi, who works with children reading below grade level, started using Letters alive because she hoped the technology would engage students who have had a hard time cultivating literacy skills in the past. The supplemental curriculum has indeed proven helpful to Cervi’s students, as well as the school’s 50 students with autism. The excitement of seeing, hearing and interacting with a menagerie of 3D animals keeps those students engaged and helps them overcome the challenges of learning to read. Cervi says her students “love the new flash cards because the letters actually come alive! Children are 100% engaged, watching every movement on the board. They are so excited to learn about the letters and the sounds!”

Audubon Park’s primary special education teacher Mary-Elizabeth Langston agrees that her students benefit from this rich, positive learning experience. “I hear the children throughout the day repeating the sounds they learned. We’re starting to see the difference in how they form sounds and words… there’s a willingness to learn that we had not seen before.