Thursday, July 30, 2015

New TPT Product: The Ten Commandments

So let it be written! So let it be done! Charlton Heston is not included, but these 12 posters of the Ten Commandments and the Closing are going to make a great addition to your classroom this fall! A memory board in your devotions area of your classroom helps students keep Christ at the center of their lives.


New Adventures in TPT!

I am so excited to announce my new adventures as a TPT Sellar! My first (and free) product is a poster of the Lord's Prayer. I have been looking for cute ways to decorate my classroom with Christian materials. I can't wait to put this in my new classroom. Check out my new store and be sure to Pin the image below!



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Postcard Exchange 2015-2016

It's back! The Postcard Exchange has returned! Students have the opportunity to learn about the United States of America while collaborating with peers around the country rather than research the information. The road trip from the comfort of our classroom takes us to 49 other classrooms to connect through a postcard exchange. The anticipation built as we received postcards to develop a United States Map of Postcards bulletin board.

This year, the project has grown from 4 group that had about 40 educators in the first group to complete it to 50 groups that have 2 complete groups before August 1! Would you like to get involved? Visit http://thepostcardexchange.wikispaces.com/ for more information and sign-up links.

Some of the states in high demand include:
Alaska
Connecticut
Delaware
Hawaii
Idaho
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Dakota
Vermont
Wyoming

Collaborate with other classrooms in The Postcard Exchange!

P.S. Please Pin the image to share the project!


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Thoughts on Crowdfunding: PledgeCents.com

Crowdfunding has become more popular in educational circles recently, so I decided to review a website called https://www.pledgecents.com/. Their goal is to improve education for students by providing a method for people to invest in classrooms and create a link between education and the community. PledgeCents is providing some great opportunities:
  • Trade books for third graders
  • Computer software for a K-12 school
  • Maker materials for a technology program
  • Music equipment for 120 students
  • Field trips for high school freshmen
As a private school educator, I have often thought that sites like PledgeCents foster educational improvement for low-income schools. Yet, private schools rely on donations for many projects within their schools. I am intrigued by the ability to connect donations to specific items in schools. I think  that parents and other supporters are interested in knowing how they are helping education. I think PledgeCents also has great potential for schools with long-distance donors like grandparents.

On that note, I began to think of some ideas for private schools to consider:

  • Back-to-school supplies - Our church does a fundraiser for school supplies, but why not offer an on-line donation site as well?
  • Big projects - Do you have a great idea for your school that needs an alternative funding source?
  • Your ideas - How would you use PledgeCents?
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PledgeCents allows funding to be matched through the collaboration of other businesses. Educators are also able to keep their funds if they don't meet their goal. Are you using PledgeCents? Leave a comment with the link or share how you would put this site to use!

God's blessings on your week!