18 Sep Crowdfunding in the Classroom
School is officially in full swing. While many teachers have their lesson plans prepared and are likely fully immersed in grading papers and assigning homework and projects, budgets for supplies and other resources are likely running low or were very little to begin with. As materials costs continue to increase, this puts greater stress on teachers’ supply budgets.
So what can teachers do to help increase budgets for educational resources, tools, and supplies, particularly those for larger projects? The answer is crowd funding.
Crowdfunding in the Classroom?
Many teachers have already seen the success in crowd funding and are starting up their own crowd funding campaigns to generate ideas, an active audience, and support. Crowd funding is particularly successful among teachers because they can reach out to their students’ parents or guardians for support for classroom projects.
It’s All about the Audience.
Parents and guardians, families, and friends all play active roles in their children’s lives, especially if children in the same family, neighborhood, or community center all attend the same school and have the same teacher. News travels fast among these close-knit groups, particularly those concerning children. Therefore, it’s easy for teachers to run successful crowd funding campaigns.
Teachers can also work to generate parent and guardian interest in classroom projects by keeping them informed and up to date on classroom happenings as well as the upcoming projects that will likely require support. Teachers can reach out to parents and guardians via email, news bulletins that go home with students, and even during parent and teacher conferences and meetings. These are all perfect opportunities for teachers to alert and generate awareness from parents, guardians, and family members as to upcoming classroom projects as well as an opportunity to share information and details on their crowd funding campaigns and to ask for support.
Crowd funding is certainly successful among many startup businesses and projects, and while it might take some business savvy to manage, successful crowd funding campaigns aren’t all about business. They are about networking, connections, and generating social awareness to support a particular project or cause. This is where teachers might have to tap into some business management concepts in order to ensure a successful crowd funding campaign.
In addition to effectively generating awareness and support, which teachers will easily be able to do, successful crowd funding campaigns also require proper management, organization, and even data reporting as necessary. For example, if a particular parent wants more information on how a particular classroom project will help his or her child or children, having the ability to provide data on how this particular project will increase student retention, levels of creativity, critical thinking, or social skills could really impact the success level of a crowd funding campaign.
All in all, teachers no longer have to stress about finding resources to increase budgets for classroom project supplies. There is now another way to increase support and funding for projects without breaking the bank. Crowdfunding campaigns in education have the potential to really make a difference, and even in classroom projects and educational resources.