Update 9/5/17: With so many incredible pre-k projects this back-to-school season, all funding for this opportunity has been applied to eligible projects! We'll notify winners of this challenge later this month.
As teachers of some of our youngest learners, early childhood teachers are charged with developing a wide-ranging skill set in their students. We know early childhood educators all across the country are incorporating technology to innovatively meet their students’ needs—and Omidyar Network wants to help.
Beginning July 17, 2017, innovative pre-k technology projects will qualify for matched donations from Omidyar Network—and five teachers with the most innovative projects submitted before funds run out will earn $10,000 in DonorsChoose.org credits for their school or site.
Here’s how to qualify:
- This offer is exclusively for pre-k teachers. If you teach pre-k age students, be sure your project notes that:
- Shop for the technology materials that you feel would most innovatively meet your students’ needs, and be sure to classify your project accordingly:
- Be sure your total project goal is $2,000 or less (that’s about $1500 in materials).
If your project meets the criteria above, you’ll see a match offer applied as soon as it’s live. New donations will be matched while funding lasts. To be considered for a $10,000 classroom funding prize, submit your before match funds run out. We’ll update this page when funds are running low.
Following the announcement of our five winners in February, early childhood teachers will be invited to receive up to $500 in classroom funding to help incorporate and adapt any of the five winners’ proven strategies in their own classrooms. Check back here for more information on how to qualify once our winners are announced in February.
Check out these examples from your colleagues for inspiration:
- Explorations of Light “The light tables will provide opportunities to manipulate and change colors and discover what materials are made of.”
- Lil Techies “Pre-K students will literally become programmers, because students need to draw code for the Ozobot to move.”
- Every Child Needs Access to Reading “When a child cannot see text clearly, they are denied access to learning. Auditory reading allows students to participate and grow in classroom activities within normal child development timelines. Auditory reading provides appropriate supports for students with visual reading challenges.”
- Class Books for Pre-K Rockstars “I will be able to make class books by taking digital pictures with the camera and then print out the pictures with the printer and share these books with our children and their families.”
- Love TEaCHing “I am asking for three Tiggly Learner Kits and a Junior Learning Touchtronic Letter Kit with 3 Learning Games. These iPad games, with the use of manipulatives, reinforce PreK skills in a fun and interactive way.”