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Crowdsourcing website helps students' education in Meriden

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Crowdsourcing website helps students' education in Meriden (WFSB) Crowdsourcing website helps students' education in Meriden (WFSB)

Connecticut teachers are raising money online to help with their students learn in the classroom.

One first grade teacher in Meriden is using a crowdsourcing website and has almost reached her goal.

While some students are already back in the classroom, others will be on their way. Meriden students including the ones in Courtney Polance’s class go back to school on Thursday.

“Our goal is always the students and to move them forward with their learning,” Polance, who is a teacher at Casimir Pulaski Elementary School in Meriden

This year, Polance said she wanted to do something different by using a document camera to help her students learn from others.

“There are multiple ways to answer a question, be it in math or in reading or writing,” Polance said. “I did it this way and I did that way. There is all this learning going on because everyone is doing it a different way.”

The piece of technology is almost $200 and is something that's not in the school's budget. Polance said she decided to take to the Internet and try to raise the money on her own using the website, 

Polance has a class of 16 students this year. If she raises the money she needs, she expects every student will learn from this piece of technology.

“So a student goes up and explains their learning on the document camera and it shows up on the smart board,” Polance said. “And other students will be like ‘oh, I can do that!’”

However, this Meriden teacher is not alone as edcuators all across Connecticut and the United States are using the website.  

The website is monitored and checked to make sure it's going into the right hands. Polance said a little donation goes a long way and she is only $80 short of her goal.

“It’s just amazing how they are donating to this project and the connection they are making and the reasons they are donating for,” Polance said. “I'm so grateful.”

If you want to donate, click here.

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