You're on track to get doubled donations (and unlock a reward for the colleague who referred you). Keep up the great work!
Take credit for your charitable giving! Check out your tax receipts

In a rush to make a major tax-deductible gift before the year's end? Purchase account credits and choose projects later!

Time is running out! Make your tax-deductible gift before midnight on December 31.

To use your $50 gift card credits, find a project to fund and we'll automatically apply your credits at checkout. Find a classroom project
Are you a public school teacher in need of funding? Get funded »
Skip to main content

We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Your school email address was successfully verified.


Mrs. OConnell from Chicago IL is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Zoom On In… Make It Easier For All To See!

My students need a document camera, which will allow them to actively participate in whole group learning more easily.

  • $645 goal

This project expired on October 30, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Let's be honest, reading straight from a textbook isn't the most effective way to learn! My students need lessons that are interactive & engaging, yet effective. It is difficult to demonstrate and use a manipulative as a whole group. A document camera makes this task much simpler so that all can see!

My students are a fabulous group of first graders that jump at the chance to be actively engaged in what is being taught.

They love to explore the world around them and learn new things. They face many challenges when it comes to education. They live in a predominantly Spanish speaking neighborhood. Many parents cannot help them with the necessary skills to be successful in their education outside of the classroom. Almost 97% of students are eligible for free or reduced meals. Most do not have access to technology that many other children often take for granted. With so many budget issues in the school system, there is no money left to buy technology related items that will facilitate better student learning. Yet, these challenges don't stop my students! They are eager, curious, and love to learn! This gift will help in my classroom for many years to come.

My Project

A document camera will allow for student engagement and participation in their learning. Rather than taking a lot of time away from instruction, by allowing almost 30 students to pass around one small item, a document camera allows the image to be broadcast for all to see at once. This is one piece of classroom technology that can be used to actively engage students in the learning process in many different ways and in many different subject areas. Document cameras allow students to see small items, text, and demonstrations in a much bigger way. I could list a hundred ways I would use it, but a few of the most beneficial ways include… read alouds with picture books, comprehension and vocabulary skill work, projecting of actual student work and actual objects, teacher modeled writing, shared student writing for group editing and revising, Math manipulatives, Step-by-step math problem solving, and Science Experiments.

Lessons from text books in our curriculum do not always meet the needs of all students.

Your gift can help put more technology into my classroom and will make a difference in my present, and future, students' lives. They say that picture is worth a thousand words. In my opinion, a document camera could be worth a thousand paragraphs!

Mrs. OConnell
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

Boost your odds

Add a profile photo in addition to your classroom photo. If you add a photo, it'll show up right here on your project page.

You are more likely to receive funding if you put a face to your name.

Upload a photo

3 donors3 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 27 students.

Top rated for efficiency and transparency.

You donate directly to the teacher or project you care about and see where every dollar you give goes.

Expand the "Where your donation goes" section below to see exactly what Mrs. OConnell is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
ELMO C0-10 Portable Document Camera • Quill $499.99 1 $499.99

Materials cost


Vendor shipping charges


State sales tax


3rd party payment processing fee


Fulfillment labor & materials


Total project cost


Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Total project goal


How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal


3 Donors


Donations toward project cost


Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Excluded support for DonorsChoose


Still needed View calculationHide calculation


Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

View complete list Show less

Project Activity

{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"Chicago","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[979800],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"IL","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":1,"name":"Early Education"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"applePayMerchantID":"","proposalId":581765,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"","verifyShowPhotos":"","numStudents":27,"teacherScreenName":"Mrs. OConnell","authorIds":{"979800":{"owner":"Mrs. OConnell","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[581765],"proposalHash":"2000843536","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"","teacherHasProfilePhoto":false,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":169574,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["MjEzODUw","MTA3NTYwNA==","OTk1MTk4"],"teacherId":979800,"schoolCounty":"Cook","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"IL","name":"Illinois"}}