Mystery Skype is a great way to connect with classrooms all over the world. Two classes, in two different states or countries, partner up and try to guess where the other class is located by asking 20 yes or no questions. This team building exercise gives students the opportunity to build their problem solving skills, practice geography and map skills, and leave their classrooms to learn about others around the world.
If you'd to like to try Mystery Skype, let me know and we'll plan the lesson!
Learn about the State of New Jersey by Conducting Research
Prepare 5-10 Clues for the Mystery Class
Prepare 20 Yes or No Questions
Give Everyone a Job
Discuss Skype Etiquette
Do have a technology wishlist? Make it happen by applying for a grant! There are many organizations out there that are looking to give you money so you can put technology in the hands of your students! Some grants are small ($250-$500) and others are enormous (The Tech Awards gives $50,000 to its winners), but with even a small amount of money you can buy technology that will allow your students to grow as 21st century thinkers and learners.
Donors Choose is an online charity whose motto is, "Teachers Ask, You Choose." You create an account, post your project, and wait for it to get funded. Here are some tips to help you get started.
1. Start with a classroom project that is $400 or less, as this will have the best chance of getting funded. If you're thinking bigger, break your project up into several smaller projects.
2. Create a catchy title for your project that will grab a potential donor's attention.
3. Write a great opening paragraph that will hook the reader and make them want to read more about your project.
4. Use an interesting picture that represents your classroom and your students.
5. Be the first to donate to your project so others will see that you believe in it enough to support it yourself. Even $5 will help!
6. Find promo codes that will double the donations. Just google donors choose promo code and you'll find many codes that will match your donation up to a certain dollar amount.
7. Promote your project! Tell parents in your newsletter, brag about your project to your friends, post it on Facebook, put a link to your project in your email signature...
Here is a link to 27 additional ways to apply for technology grants:
I'd be happy to help you put together a grant proposal... Just imagine what you could do for your students if you won!