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Director of Education

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Ben, months later I still cannot forget your blog post.

My son in 3rd grade recently complained to me that his school did not do projects, and he wished they did. He's bright and inquisitive, but only given paperwork to do in school or at home. Today I came across this lecture from famed physicist Richard Feynman, and felt this sums it up: http://v.cx/2010/04/feynman-brazil-education. I bet Feynman could come up with a 1000+ uses for $500 to teach math, physics, etc. We don't need a Feynman to come up with good ideas, just creative teaches with encouragement from administration and parents to think outside the box.

High School Social Studies Teacher from Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Students will quickly buy

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Students will quickly buy into a teacher who uses new technology, especially when it taps into resources associated with people and events happening in other areas of the world. Skype is a great tool to use as it allows immediate access to individuals, much less classrooms, and links individuals with information they are seeking. Allocating $500 for this technology would be HUGE in my classroom!

Fifth Grade Teacher

I would use the money to help

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I would use the money to help students in my class go on our overnight trip to Washington DC. It saddens me to think that a few can't go because of financial reasons.

High school social studies teacher

I am looking for ways to buy

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I am looking for ways to buy some Lego Robotics for my students. I have seen work that shows that many students respond to these. I have used much money (of my own) for software, books, games. We have also used visuals to make story boards for historical events. My list is endless.

Teacher Educator at the Minnesota Historical Society

How our social studies teachers are spending a couple hundred

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I serve on the local social studies council and we recently began offering "mini-grants' to social studies teachers to purchase materials for their classrooms. So far, we've awarded grants to two teachers: one chose to buy large, laminated maps of her area to teach students about their current and historical geography, and the other chose to purchase non-fiction social studies books to create an in-class library. It's been a great way to see what teachers invest in to teach a variety of skills. http://mcss.org/minigrant

Great observations! Perhaps

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Great observations! Perhaps a competition for $500 would yield more creative thinking? A monthly award for the most interesting plans which meet your criteria?

Also, if this were shown to be impactful, perhaps some parents would share the cost? I would.

Fourth grade English teacher from Ankara, Turkey.

Would Love That

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1. I've been working on a blog nowadays, so I would definitely want to buy the 10GB version to be able to do more for students and with ss (including embedding videos).
2. Tools needed to have a Skype connection with another school in another country (for all kids - in the lab) would be wonderful.
3. Subscription for some online journals.
4. Pencils, etc are always needed :)

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