Tech comprised greater than 50Okay of schooling mission requests final 12 months
Technology is the most funded resource in education, with tech supplies requests totaling more than $250 million.
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With back to school season in full swing, students are stocking up on necessary school supplies. However, students and parents aren’t the only ones spending money on supplies, the majority (94%) of teachers spend their own money on items to stock their classrooms.
Because of how costly school supplies can be, many instructors resort to crowdfunding—through public charities like DonorsChoose.org—as a way to raise money, an Office Depot report found.
The report analyzed more than one million funded projects from DonorsChoose.org to see what areas teachers need funding for the most. While significant funds are allocated toward desk storage ($17.7 million), field trips ($29.4 million), and books ($120 million), the biggest amount of money donated was toward in-classroom computers and tech—which surpassed $250 million.
Between online learning and interactive classrooms, technology is completely changing the way students learn. These digital learning tools are helpful for both students and teachers, providing new ways to communicate and interpret ideas.
Across the US, schools are shifting away from traditional school supplies, with tablets and computers coming in as the most uniquely requested resource in America, the report found.
The number of overall requests for technology by teachers hit a record high in 2018, totaling more than 50,000 project requests. The top subjects requesting technology as a percentage of resources included mathematics (40%), applied sciences (38%), ESL (33%), literature and writing (29%), and history and geography (28%).