Fund For Teachers is an excellent funding resource for your programs (it is also Texas based). The application process is relatively simple and it allows you the opportunity to study (anywhere in the world!) whatever program you design for your students.

Donors Chooseis another favorite funding resource for teachers.  It is a simple process that allows donors to select a classroom and contribute funds.  Many teachers I know have had success using Donors Choose.

Indiegogo is an international fundraising resource.  Although a great portion of the campaigns are for independent filmmaking, there are other categories such as “community” which supports health and education issues.  Well worth browsing to see how others are funding their communities’ ideas and needs.

Kickstarter, like Indiegogo, is another web platform for fundraising.  Think big, design a project your town or school needs and build a campaign.  Extraordinary support from this site.    The Foxfire Book Series began with a teacher and his high school class in rural Appalachia, documenting the local culture and history and publishing a quarterly newsletter.  It’s a series worth investigating.


Online Information on Video Production:

All American High School Film Festival – Giant traveling festival sponsored by the SF film society with at least 17 categories, celebrities and $200000 given out last year.

Heartland High School Film Competition – Launched in 2010, the High School Film Competition encourages tomorrow’s filmmakers to create films that inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of the artform.

SXSW Film Festival – Premiere your film in front of press, film industry leaders and film lovers as well as tech and music professionals. Submit your film to the 2017 SXSW Film Festival.

Phantoscope – Highschool Film Festival

The White House Student Film Festival

New York Film Academy – List of Film Festivals

Reel Youth Film Festival

Information on Podcasts and Audio Production:

Free Audacity Tutorials  – Audacity is a totally free open-source program for multi-track audio recording and audio editing. It is amazing how powerful this free software is! You can get your own copy of the free Audacity software and join in the fun of creating and editing your own audio files!

Learn How to Podcast – Learn How To Podcast Part 1 of 8. For the rest of the videos in this tutorial series, please visit

How to Create a Podcast For Dummies – Discover how to create and record audio files for your podcast. This video covers basic hardware and software requirements and offers tips for your script. Also, find out how to upload audio files for posting podcasts.

Podcasts: The Nuts and Bolts of Creating Podcasts

High School Teachers Tune In Students With Podcasts

Basic Podcasting Assignment – A podcast can be an easy way to introduce students to communicating in a less conventional way, typically coinciding with or replacing short essays, personal experiences, or research papers.

Poetry/Writing:  —  Great descriptions of the different types of poetry with examples.

Princeton University Poetry Contest for High School Students – The Program in Creative Writing’s Princeton University Poetry Contest for High School Students recognizes outstanding work by student writers in the 11th grade.

Poetic Power – Writing Contest for Middle School & High School Students

River of Words – The River of Words international art and poetry contest is open to any child in the world, from 5 to 19 years of age, who has not yet completed high school.

Gannon University Poetry Contest – Entrants must be a high school student or a home-schooled student in grades nine through twelve. Students from anywhere in the United States may enter. – See more at:


The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers – The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers recognizes outstanding young poets and is open to high school sophomores and juniors throughout the world.

Photography:  —  Free and easy bite-sized pieces.  —  Outstanding films made by Texas middle and high-school students brought to you by the U.T. history dept.

Powerful Photography Tips for Amazing Photos – Harness these 7 simple principles to jump start your photography.

2016 High School Photo Contest

High school Physics Photo Contest – For many years this contest has provided teachers and students an opportunity to learn about the physics behind natural and contrived situations by creating visual and written illustrations of various physical concepts.

50+ Awesome Art Competitions for High School Students – This article contains a comprehensive list of local, national and international high school Art competitions for students aged 13–18 years.

River of Words international art and poetry contest – The River of Words international art and poetry contest is open to any child in the world, from 5 to 19 years of age, who has not yet completed high school.

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