Help A Needy Classroom Get An LCD Projector

We use the LCD projector in our conference room every day. I don’t honestly know how we’d function without it. A young friend of mine who graduated from college last year told me that he uses an LCD connected to his laptop in lieu of an expensive flat panel display in his apartment and his friends always marvel at the quality of the video coming in over his laptop and getting displayed on his wall.

LCD projectors are also an amazing teaching tool. Yes, a smartboard is more powerful but it’s also a more expensive solution and teachers can do a lot with a laptop and an LCD projector.

So today, I gave $200 towards getting an LCD projector for a needy classroom in Los Angeles, CA. If you click on that link and decide to give to this project alongside with me (I hope you do), please give via this link. It’s the second project on the AVC giving page. The total cost of this project is $1,289. One other person and I have given $275 so there’s $1,014 left to get this teacher the projector.

And if you are so inclined, please do it before friday evening when the Donor’s Choose Bloggers Challenge ends. This community is in first place in the tech category, but not by much and we need every contribution we can get to come out on top again.

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Comments (Archived):

  1. gdypiang

    Thanks, Fred, for adding the proposal of my colleague, Mrs. M, to your challenge page a few weeks ago, then highlighting it on your website today. As of now there’s only $549 left to fully fund the proposal. Hopefully it can get funded in the next couple of days. But if not, it’s certainly on its way to getting funded.I myself was able to get an LCD projector funded through Donors Choose last year, and it has changed my teaching. Over the summer I was able to pick up a used Wacom Graphire Bluetooth tablet from craigslist, which allows me to use my MacBook and LCD projector as an interactive whiteboard. I can wirelessly control what appears on my board from anywhere in the classroom. I shared this idea with Mrs. M, and she is looking forward to doing the same thing, too.Thanks for your contribution to Mrs. M’s project and to supporting public education by your participation in the blogger challenge.

  2. jeremystein

    i have a 3 yr old lcd that we used to use as a tv in college. i dont have a use for it anymore. i dont know if this project needs a second one, or if someone else does– but im happy to donate it.

    1. gdypiang

      Jeremy, as I stated in the post above, I work at the same school in LA where Mrs. M works. Although I, too, received an LCD projector through Donors Choose, I know of a couple of other teachers at my school who would love to be able to use a projector in their rooms, too. If you would like to contact me about donating it to our school, you can contact me at gdypiang(at) Thanks.

      1. jeremystein

        Sure. Can you email me? I tried that address but the email bounced. Thanks.

  3. stewmctavish

    With the right set-up adding $50 to buy a wii remote and a couple of IR pens could turn the projector into a basic smart board. I’ve just started playing with a wii-smartboard and am loving it. Check out Johnny Cung Lee’s wii project at CMU

  4. kenberger

    Might be able to help with this, will email you offline.

  5. Mike

    Sounds like a great cause and a very valuable tool for teachers. But why do they need such an expensive model? I bought the following model for $450 about 6 months ago and regularly use it for professional investor presentations:…It works great. Sounds like maybe they should be buying 2 projectors and some extra light bulbs for the amount they’re requesting.

    1. donorchoose donor

      The actual amount for the projector is less, but it includes shipping and taxes.

  6. mrsm

    Fred, thank you so much for making this possible! My students will be super excited. I, like the other teachers greatly appreciate your support, donation, and time for making this possible. I was encouraged by Mr. D, my colleague, that this was going to happen. It did! Thanks to you and to your readers! My students and I thank you all.