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iPad Grants for Schools: Look Beyond Public School Funding

Posted by Sarah Guckert

As many schools are seeing remarkable results from the use of educational technology in the classroom, others are tirelessly hunting for iPad grants and funding opportunities to make similar programs a reality. With declining public school funding and budget cuts, hardships are inevitable when attempting to implement such expensive initiatives. 

For those willing to put the time and energy in, applying for additional state, local, and federal grant opportunities may help secure additional room in your district budget for hardware and software solutions.

 

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Topics: Education Grants and Funding

Supplementing Your School Budget With State and Local Grants

Posted by Sarah Guckert

THE 411 ON FINDING GRANTS

Looking for more wiggle room to invest in new educational technology initiatives? To track the flow of dollars from the Federal government to your state, visit your state’s department of education website. For example, Michigan’s site has a “Grants” tab where you can see recently posted news and announcements of Michigan school funding.

The site also recommends other tools to search for grants that might be available. Try GetEdFunding to find funding opportunities to supplement your school budget. You’ll initially be faced with a huge list of grants to consider; in this case, a search for grants available for public Michigan education institutions lists 925 results (and displays an overload message). Don’t worry! By applying filters, you can narrow the list down to a manageable list of grants that you’re eligible for.

 

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Topics: Education Grants and Funding

eSpark Wins Large Research Grant from the Department of Education

Posted by Shayna Fertig

eSpark won a large research grant from the Department of Education! The DOE awarded fifteen grants through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which provides funding to small businesses for the research and development of education technology products. eSpark is thrilled to be part of this exclusive cohort.

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Topics: Education Grants and Funding  eSpark Updates

How to Bend Your School Budget for Blended Learning Technologies

Posted by Sarah Pliske

When low test scores arrive back to districts, administrators worry about the success of their students and look for possible solutions to increase student achievement. New Common Core tests scores show students falling behind in states like California, where "statewide 56 percent of students almost met or failed to meet standards in the English language arts portion of the test," explains SCPR News.

With data showing the incredible potential of mobile learning technologies devices in education, district leaders often explore tablets as an innovative approach to increase achievement in the classroom.

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Topics: Education Grants and Funding  Blended Learning Strategies

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Awards eSpark Research Grant

Posted by Sarah Pliske

Maya Lopuch, Data Scientist at eSpark Learning, discusses eSpark's research on student achievement and engagement in educational apps.


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has selected eSpark Learning as a winner of the RFP for New Approaches for Evaluating and Improving Efficacy in Digital Courseware. eSpark's RFP was selected as one of 8 winning proposals from a mix of non- and for-profit organizations from across the country.

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Topics: Education Grants and Funding  Tech Education News

“Race to the Top” District Competition: eSpark can help!

Posted by Alex Koch

This week’s release of the “Race to the Top” (RttT) District Competition guidelines have given teachers and administrators a lot to chew on. RttT, a program sponsored by the Department of Education, offers a 4-year grant to winning districts in an amount ranging from $5 to $40 million, depending on student population.

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Topics: Special Education/ RTI  Education Grants and Funding