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Three Ways To Spread Your Message Through Others

It is a huge plus to have people/businesses/organizations who are willing to help you spread your message. The more spreading the message, the more impact and (hopefully) change.

Specifically, I have been in contact with a highly reputable media company that has proven success in helping campaigns. Their support has the potential to boost the “thon.”

Another local contact has been in the area of the venue selection. Well, my initial conversations have been very successful thus far. We are still in the process of identifying a suitable date. It’s very recognizable and it will attract support.

This small update is just to help you as I help myself….keep pushing. Add people/businesses/organizations to your cause that can help spread your message.

How, do you get people to spread your message? Here are three simple ways that may help you get started. Continue Reading →

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Something-A-Thon

For some time now I have thought about a _____________-a-thon to raise awareness about the need for and to raise funds to support the purchase of technology resources for my class.

While details are still forming and coming together. I thought I would share with you the latest in my journey to transform my class into an active learning environment.

Below are five possible approaches to make it happen: Continue Reading →

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Before The Manifestation

Before the manifestation of any idea we can often wonder if the idea will pan out. After prayer, there is little more that we can do. It’s our responsibility to plan, create a team, and execute with focus.

My goal at the end of this month is to launch something that matters. The outcome is to transform my classroom into an active learning classroom.

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Scaling Up Next Steps

This week I attended the Teacher Academy. It was informative and helpful in many ways. However, there are two specific areas that I felt were grossly under-discussed.

A. Educational Technology. It was discussed as separate component by some of the presenters. Versus as an embed of what was already being presented. Edtech is here to stay. How we use it…good or bad will have a profound impact on students. It’s not just about having web links at the end of the presentation. In my opinion, it would have been more helpful to have tasks where we used apps and connected with teachers using them to learn best practices for instruction.

B. Little to no conversation centered around the physical elements in our classroom. I am writing about the classroom desks, computers, interactive boards, etc. Perhaps this was not discussed because it is out of many teachers’ control. I totally disagree. If we can fight to spend $200 of our own money for small supplies; in like manner we can push for something big like – $20k.

The latter of the two brings me to make public a conversation that Melisia and I have been having recently. Create something that takes our passion and use it as a platform that has the potential to change _______________. The thing would have the focus of solving a real world problem in a fun way. Nope, nothing like this already exists. Brand new. Trendsetting. All around good for the benefit of _______________.

We are just in the beginning phases of this monumental shift in our lives. We are excited and not taking this opportunity lightly. She and I have been soft planning and making connections in Jacksonville to turn this burning passion to ______________ into reality.

As mentioned in this post about scaling up I am here to serve my generation. I know God has heard my prayer and the groanings of my heart.

The next few weeks will be very interesting.

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Five Lessons Learned From A Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

After the completion of my first successful crowdfunding campaign on Crowdtilt I am eager to do it again.

I learned a lot about a passionate group of people rallying around one single cause:

  1. The cause must be connected to something that matters.
  2. The cause must have a community of people that are connected to the cause that matters. I am part of Fizzle.co and most of us felt compassion towards Chase and his family because of his support as online entrepreneurs.
  3. This community must be willing to DO something about the cause that matters. Inside, the Fizzle community was already talking about helping the Reeves family before I launched the campaign.
  4. The community must have an easy/reasonable to target. Initially we set $100. By the time the campaign ended, we exceeded $450. 🙂
  5. The community MUST have a super easy way to give. This platform needs to have a low overhead fee. Also, the tool of choice needs to process the funds quickly.

Here are five quick points that I learned about a successful crowdfunding campaign. Hopefully, they will help you. Did I miss anything? What would you add?

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