1. Appreciate your point of working with students to explore options for getting resources rather than asking for a hand-out. I have had similar thoughts about gofundme for classrooms. Students can learn so much through the process you suggest.

  2. I’ll meet you one and raise you one.

    Combine the ideas already in your post – corporate partner, kid driven creation, entrepreneurial learning and new funding streams – and imagine a scenario in which the company or corporation (or some dept of it) partners with the kids to deliver out-of-the-box thinking on new product ideas, new services, or improvements to existing ones.

    Companies already crowd-source innovation. Taking that to schools it’s just one more extension. Don’t make the kids just ‘makers’, make them partners in a company’s R&D.

    And now cue all the red tape… And groans from those of us who still wish schools didn’t need to look so far outside, for what they should already have within.

    But there’s something there. There’s a there, there.

  3. George,
    You bring up some great points about asking for donations. Creating opportunities for students to create products and learn how to sell and market their ideas can be a powerful way to learn critical skills that are essential for the world we live in.

    I love the work Real World Scholars is doing to help support student-led businesses or #edcorps in classrooms around the county and providing the platform to deal with the money and a lot of the logistics that can easily become roadblocks for teachers.

    Thanks for pushing thinking on how we can create more authentic and impactful learning opportunities.

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