Self-service technology is being implemented in schools all over the country as a means to improve check-in, wayfinding, print clusters, registration, check-out, POS, information distribution, advertisement and much more.
Unfortunately, funding for schools varies state to state and depends widely on the average income of the town in which the school resides.
This results in a surplus of budget in some areas, while other schools struggle to provide basic supplies for their students. Those schools that already have funding problems may not even look to consider self-service technology using grants to solve problems within the school.
Luckily, there are grants, scholarships and networks of donors available for schools to receive funding for these programs.
Once implemented, a kiosk returns the initial investment by decreasing costs on paper and resources while providing teachers with more time to focus on the classroom instead of routine tasks. Kiosks are used to:
- Give students a place to print and scan quickly with less wait time
- Check students into the classroom
- Give students directions and information about the school
- Let students buy themselves lunch with a self-checkout POS
- Advertise fundraisers, clubs, school events and other opportunities for students
Aside from federal funding, there are plenty of ways to fund a kiosk implementation in schools. Government grants, private company grants, crowdfunding and donation communication are all ways for teachers to create a funding campaign or apply for a grant.
Oakland University used a local Michigan grant from the Flinn Foundation to fund the screening for a mental health kiosk they implemented in their school’s library.
This is a list of different resources available to most states in the U.S. for STEM based technology grants.
- Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE): Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program
- Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Program (CSP): Grants to Charter Management Organization for the Replication and expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools
- Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): High School Equivalency Program
- Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): College Assistance Migrant Program
- Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE): Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program
- Interdisciplinary Preparation in Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services for Personnel Serving Children With Disabilities Who Have High-Intensity Needs
- Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) Grant Program
- Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program
- Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Education Innovation and Research Program–Expansion Grants
- Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Education Innovation and Research Program–Mid-phase Grants
- Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Education Innovation and Research Program–Early-phase Grants
- Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): Opening Doors, Expanding Opportunities
- Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Magnet Schools Assistance Program
- Training and Information for Parents of Children With Disabilities: Community Parent Resource Centers
- Office of Elementary & Secondary Education: Overview Information: Race to the Top Fund
Here are more informational websites on applying for grants and related information.
/ Kelsie Collins is marketing content writer and editor for Advanced Kiosks.