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As school budgets get tighter, more and more educators are turning to crowdfunding sites, such as DonorsChoose, AdoptAClasroom, and GoFundMe, to raise much needed funds for their classrooms. But what is crowdfunding and how is it different from grant writing?
Children singing, drums beating, ukuleles strumming, learning rhythms and notes—to an outsider, these may seem like activities that would not require much in the way of technology. In today’s music classroom, however, there are many tech tools that help teachers communicate the art of music making to their students. Most of these tools are easy to learn, visually engaging for students, and can even streamline assessments.
Every year, we conduct a survey of our Big Deal Media K–12 Technology Newsletter readers. The survey not only helps us improve our publications and resources, but also gives us insight into the landscape of technology in K–12 schools. Check out the findings from this year’s survey.