Thursday, July 19, 2012

EdTechTeam Donating Nexus 7 Tablets to Teachers!

During our initial planning discussions in preparation for the Google Apps for Education California Summit, our team committed to donating a percentage of the net income from the event directly to classrooms - specifically to put internet connected devices into the hands of students. We debated for some time whether these should be iPod Touches (because the $199 price point allows us to reach more students - and because their size means students will use them more) or perhaps Chromebooks (since these were the focus of the event). Happily, Google has since released the Nexus 7, the next generation Android tablet in a student-friendly 7 inch form factor - for only $199. We've now committed to donating 12 Nexus 7 tablets to a classroom. We're working with our sponsors and others to make this a full class set of 30 or more devices in the coming weeks.

Google is only positioning these devices as consumer products at this point, but the EdTechTeam believes they have great potential for student use and would love to see how an innovative teacher facilitates this - and we'd love to learn more about what challenges this might present. We'd most like to see these placed in a 1:1 pilot program (either at the elementary level, or for a single class at the secondary level) that allows students to take the devices home with them on a daily basis.

So... what would you do with a class set of Nexus 7 Tablets? 

Write up your proposal on, and send us the URL of your proposal via the form below. Be sure to describe how students might use the devices in your class, and what you'll do to facilitate student use of the devices for inquiry and creation. On August 21, 2012 we'll select the winner of the first class set. And bonus... if you're not selected for funding by us, you'll already be setup on, where anyone else can fund your proposal! We see this as a way to empower teachers to seek funding for far more classes than we could ever fund ourselves. 

Here are a few simple steps to get you started:*

Step 1. Create a account here:

Step 2. Setup a project on describing how you would use a class set of Nexus 7 tablets. Be specific about how students might use the device in your class. Also, be sure to price out the tablets (and any cases or other accessories you might need). You can learn more about the Nexus 7 here: 

Step 3. Send us the URL of your project by filling out this form here: 

Step 4. Start promoting your project elsewhere! Anyone can fund it, not just us!

Please let us know if you have any questions about this project. We look forward to seeing your proposals on DonorsChoose, helping to fund them, and hearing about the impact these devices make in your classes.

On behalf of the Google Apps for Education California Summit Planning Team (Chris Bell, Wendy Gorton, Jim Sill, Molly Schroeder, Lisa Thumann, Sean Williams, and myself), thank you to everyone who attended the summit and make this possible.


UPDATE - iBallz has generously offered to provide iBallz Minis for every Nexus 7 we give away! So, there is no need to include the price of a case with your grant proposal on!

*UPDATE - It's come to our attention that the Nexus 7 is not in any of the DonorsChoose catalogs and that it may not work for new members of DonorsChoose to apply for grants outside the pre-approved catalogs. So, we have modified the form in step 3 above to allow you to describe your project directly on your form. If you are new to DonorsChoose (or do not yet have an account), this is probably the best option for you: proceed directly to step three and fill out the form. We can fund a request directly and we don't want DonorsChoose to hold anyone back. (That being said, we still believe it's a great tool for connecting donors and teachers, and we encourage you to join on your own to request other donations!)


  1. Here's is an email from a teacher about this program:

    FYI...I researched DonorsChoose and at least for me this can't work. They won't allow any project. You first need a funded project based on there sponsored "stores" then when you have enough acquired "points" you can ask for a bit more but there still is a limit to the dollar amount.

    Here is my response:

    Thanks, Debra. I've had great luck with DonorsChoose before, but this doesn't sound familiar... perhaps I just got lucky, and perhaps Google Play being the only place to buy the nexus might be a problem. I've filled out their contact form, and in the meantime I've adjusted the form so you can describe your project to us directly (and we can fund it directly if necessary). More soon...

  2. Hi Mark, is this opportunity open to all educators or only those that attended the summit?

  3. I guess I missed it :( I've been looking for a way to get the necessary tech in my classroom for awhile. I spent three years in graduate level training to implement technology in my high school algebra and precalculus classes and cannot find a funding source. The link to the application is closed. Can you help me? It is so frustrating to have all of this information to give to the students and no way to deliver it.

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  6. I was at the Google Apps for Education Summit in New England. I thank the Edtechteam for an amazing conference. The workshops were first class and the Edtechteam is passionate about education and technology. I left the conference inspired. I cannot wait to receive my Nexus Tablet...a first class tablet from a first class organization.

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