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Hello educators and welcome to another week of Teacher Tips. This week we're taking a look at the idea of using Crowdfunding inside of the classroom. If you're not familiar with what Crowdfunding is, it's essential the idea that we take a lot of people resources and pull them together for single cost. For example in the classroom, if you want to buy some new technology or go on a field trip, well that can be very expensive and as a educator, it can be tough to cover those costs yourself. Well, through a crowdfunding platform, you have the ability to make your efforts known to a larger network of people who can then help pitch in to your cause.
Crowdfunding typically happens in a few steps. The first step is creating a project, typically using a Crowdfunding platform. In the next video, we'll go ahead and explore the pros and cons of a few of the most popular educational Crowdfunding platforms. The project you create is basically putting parameters around what you need funding for, for your classroom. The second step is you need to promote your project. Using things such as social media, your friend and family networks, you're going to share the ideas you have and how this idea is going to benefit your students in the long run.
When people know about your project, they then have the ability to donate money to your project. So, the third step is that these individuals are starting to join your course by giving you money. Now based on the Crowdfunding platform you're using, they may be donating money that you then have the opportunity to choose how to spend or they are helping you reach a goal, for example, buying art supplies for your classroom. The fourth step is that once your goal is reached, you get the opportunity to put the funding to work. You can either purchase your supplies or start the project, or basically accomplish the goal that you outlined in your project.
And the fifth step, and one of the most important steps, is your chance to share your success. You have an opportunity to go back to your friends and family and the larger network that helped you achieve your goal and show them exactly how their funds are benefiting the students in your classroom. Now if you have a classroom or school district that's well funded, and you're thinking to yourself, why would I need to include other people in helping me raise funds for my classroom? Crowdfunding education is not just about the dollars and the supplies that come into your classroom. Here's a few ways in which Crowdfunding benefits your classroom outside of just helping you earn some money.
Crowdfunding helps connect your class with a larger community. Your friends and family will actually know exactly what's going on inside of your classroom. They will learn to relate to your students and relate to the work that you are doing. It also teaches your students philanthropy. I'm always shocked when students are surprised by the fact that people donated money for their education, especially people who don't know them. And students get to learn why philanthropy is important inside of our society. It's also a great way to showcase student work. As you're sharing success stories of Crowdfunding your classroom, you're really putting your students and their learning on display for a larger community, and it also helps build professional networks.
Simply using a Crowdfunding site even though you may not absolutely need that Crowdfunding site for your classroom and that you probably would have been okay taking out your checkbook and writing that check, it helps support the Crowdfunding platform, it increases awareness about Crowdfunding in education and allows teachers that must rely on Crowdfunding to have greater success when they create their own projects. Now, that we've explored a little bit about what Crowdfunding is, in the next video I'm going to explore three Crowdfunding platforms that were designed specifically for education. We'll look at both the pros and the cons of using each of these three platforms.
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