Acquiring funding for my Google Expeditions project was the biggest hurdle! I spent hours writing several grant applications to get the devices and the other components needed to execute my vision. I learned a lot in the process of writing these grants. It made me really think and develop my vision. I had to examine all aspects of what I needed and what was the best way to accomplish it. My project was fully funded through two local organizations grant programs, BGV Gives and The Summit Education Foundation. I feel grateful to be supported by the community I live in! The grants funded the purchase of 2 iPads, 25 iPods, viewers, cases, and charging stations to travel the world with Google Expeditions. Honestly, without receiving those two grants it would have been impossible to implement Google Expeditions on a full scale.
My 5th graders and building staff have had the opportunity to use the Google Expeditions set. When I wrote these grants, I wrote them with the intention to have all grade levels be able to access them. I think this is a powerful way to learn and therefore should not be limited to a set of students. If you have a project in mind, think about the impact you can have not only on your students, but your school or even district. In education, money is always an issue, but where there's a will there's a way! Find opportunities to fund you passion. Dream big because you never know what is possible!
Check out my interview about my Google Expeditions project with The Summit Education Foundation!