#ifsherlockhadgoogleglass was off to an early lead with four correct answers at the one hour mark in the Tech Search Party. But when the clock had finally run its course two hours from the moment the scavenger hunt had begun, it was the Immersion Mamas who won the annual fundraising competition. The real winners, however, were the technology programs in three schools in San Francisco that would split the $15,000-plus raised.
The Tech Search Party was one parent's idea for generating the money his kids' schools needed to get their hands on technology. But it's not the only way that people are raising the funds they need to buy new gear and training to add technology into the classroom. A teacher in Oregon used crowdfunding site DonorsChoose to generate some of the funding she needed to bring Chromebooks into her fourth grade; and a seventh grade English teacher in Memphis used PledgeCents, a lesser known crowdfunding site, to raise the money to buy a new classroom projector.
In each case the district couldn't provide the technology budget needed for these acquisitions, so individuals took on the job of doing it themselves. The lesson they've all learned: If they can do it, the rest of us can too.