PledgeCents Makes Sense- Sign Up for a FREE account (code: cwhitmire327)

Have you wondered if there is an alternative to Donor’s Choose?  Well, there is!  The company is called PledgeCents and was recommended by another teacher in the County Tech Subcommittee who had used it before.  The cool thing about PledgeCents is that the funds are sent to the district and the teacher receives all of the money raised (minus their 3% fee, which is less than Donor’s Choose) regardless of whether your project was fully funded or not.  AND you can spend your project in a variety of ways (not only from the approved vendors at Donor’s Choose).  Also, they don’t use a point system.

They are fairly new and trying to get the word out, so right now, PledgeCents will donate $1.00 to my project for every teacher, school employee, or PTA/parent who creates an account with my code (cwhitmire327).  That’s it!  You don’t need to create a project or do anything else- in fact, you could just create an account, sign out, and never think about it again!  But you would be helping to fund a project for our district and we would be so grateful!!!

Please consider creating a free account at PledgeCents with my code (cwhitmire327).  Here’s how:

In case you’re wondering what my project is, I’m currently raising funds to host the first OUESD Kids’ Coding Symposium in the Spring- a tech conference by and for elementary students! The breakout sessions will be led by specially trained 5th and 8th grade girls, demonstrating that girls have a meaningful place in computer science as tech leaders!  We’ll also be emphasizing accomplishments made my women in the STEM fields.

I’m hoping to raise enough funds to purchase at least 18 Sphero robots, 18 Makey Makeys, and any other hands-on tech tools I can get (as well lunch and some “swag” for the symposium participants, like stickers, t-shirts, etc.).   Find out more about the Kid’s Coding Symposium here and please spread the word!   This is my Google Innovator project and it’s exciting to see it starting to come together!

Thank you for your help!  Please let me know if you have any questions!

Christina Whitmire
District Ed Tech ToSA, OUESD
Twitter:  @EdTechChristina

Submit a Proposal to Present at the Fall CUE Conference!

Proposals are now being accepted for the amazing Fall Cue Conference!  Our district is bursting with creative, cool teachers using technology in exciting and innovating ways!  Share your experience and knowledge by leading a CUE workshop (it can be about a Google tool or anything technology related)!

The Conference will be held Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, 28, 2017 at American Canyon High School.  Big bonus: presenters are able to attend the entire conference for FREE!   If your proposal is accepted, please be sure to speak with your principal regarding a sub for Friday before you formally agree to present.   Please let me know if you have any questions.

For more info and to submit your proposal, CLICK HERE

Want a Classroom Full of Chromebooks? Check Out This Grant…

This is a great opportunity to go 1:1  with Chromebooks in your classroom next year!  Deadline is June 30, so there’s plenty of time… but don’t forget about it!

From the EdTechTeam website~

“EdTechTeam is a California Benefit Corporation with a mission to improve the world’s education systems using the best technology and pedagogy available. We are committed to donating a percentage of our proceeds to programs that directly benefit educators and students.

As part of our Student Device Grant Program we’ve placed hundreds of Chromebooks in the hands of students throughout the globe in an effort to seed 1:1 classrooms.  Let us know how you would use a class set of Chromebooks in your classroom to empower and inspire students.  We will be selecting a grant winner each quarter of 2017.”

For more information and the application form, CLICK HERE.  The application isn’t long or complicated, but does include the creation of a 1 minute video.  If you’d like any help with that, just let me know!