ABOUT EDUTECHERS CHANGE THE WORLD
eduTechers Change the World is a way for all of us to make a difference in the world by doing something small. Every day teachers have the opportunity to make a difference in their classroom. When I started eduTecher in late 2007, it was designed as a site to help people learn about new Web Tools and free educational technology resources that they could use in the classroom. Over the past four years the site has continually evolved and added a host of new features, including a social component as well as a suite of free mobile applications – all in the hopes that what I am putting out there will help other educators, their students, and parents. The term eduTecher came about because I thought it would be a clever way to describe educators that used technology. It is not a misspelling of “teacher” as many people had conjectured. Rather it is a made up term that describes all of us. It is a term about people. And that’s what eduTechers Change the World is all about. People who are coming together to make a difference.
I want to impact real change – and I hope I can inspire you to do the same as well. I propose we all join together, all of the eduTechers of the world, and make a real difference. I have decided to donate one (1) US cent per every unique visitor to my website starting October 1st and culminating on November 24th, the American Thanksgiving Holiday. The Change the World Project web address is www.eduTecher.net/change
Starting today, people and organizations can submit names of charities and organizations that deal with education and/or children’s health issues so that we can crowd-source where the money will goes to. Send ideas to change@eduTecher.net. During the last week of November I will poll people on my site, via a one-time Email campaign, and on Twitter as to which of top five (5) educational or children’s health charities the money that was recommended the money should go to. The money will then be split up amongst the top 5 charities in the following way 50% to the charity that is voted as 1st place. 25% to 2nd place. 15% to 3rd place and 5% each to 4th and 5th places.
I sincerely hope you will support this effort by having your students, teachers, parents, and colleagues visit the site and click on the penny. When sharing on social media we will be using the hashtag #changetheworld. eduTecher.net should serve as both a resource full of helpful information on exciting new tools and as a reminder that we can make a difference for someone else in the world through small actions.
eduTecher is a completely free resource. We have no ads or sponsors, nor do we push any products or website subscriptions. Therefore, eduTechers Change the World is not a gimmick or ploy and will not generate any revenue for the site. It is simply a lesson in charity for the educational technology community to be a part of and, hopefully, embrace.
Last year over 28,000 people clicked on the penny and the crowd-sourced charity voters picked was The Make A Wish Foundation. What was most exciting was the outpouring of support the campaign received from teachers and students as well as bloggers. I received multiple Emails about students hanging Change the World QR posters in their classrooms and school hallways, heard of several educators who were inspired to run their own Change the World campaigns to raise money and awareness of tragedies overseas such as the tsunami in Japan, and was inspired by the great outpouring of support on Twitter, personal blogs/websites of so many people out there.
What’s New This Year?
This year we want to get even more people involved and have an even larger impact. The core idea is still the same, click on the penny on www.eduTecher.net/change, and I will donate a cent on your behalf. This year I started a YouTube channel that people (teachers/students/parents/public figures) can post videos to explaining what charity means to them and sharing why they clicked on the penny or what they will do as a small change to make a big difference. The videos will be embedded on the eduTecher.net/change site and some will be featured in a video about the Change the World campaign. I hope you will submit a video and would love to have your students submit videos as well. This will only take a few moments of your time and yet it has the power to be very inspiring to people around the world.
Match Me Penny-for-Penny
This year we have the goal of getting matching donations for Change the World. I would love to collectively be able to find companies, individuals, etc. that will match us penny for penny and donate up to $500.00 to charities that help make the world a better place. If you want to get involved, all we ask you to do is to send an Email to change@eduTecher.net acknowledging your commitment to match us penny for penny (up to a total of $500.00). On November 25th, when the clicks are all tallied, you will be contacted with a request for a check in an amount up to $500.00
Why Match Us...
As a donation matching organization or company in the Change the World campaign, I will be happy to help share your support in a few ways. I will send out a tweet at the time you sign on to help with the effort, a ‘Thank You’ tweet at the end of the campaign, your logo and a link to your site will be on our Change the World donor-matching webpage, as well as on the wrap-up Email that all eduTecher newsletter and Change the World Newsletter subscribers will receive. You can also create a video message for the site about why you wanted to help us Change the World that will be on our Change the World YouTube page as well as the embedded Video Channel. And most importantly, you’ll feel pretty darn great about helping a charity out and look great doing so at the same time.
BECOME AN EDUTECHER AND HELP TO CHANGE THE WORLD
My Fellow “Connected Educators”, by creating, sharing, and collaborating, you are helping others all the time. Our reach goes well beyond our classroom or schools and through the use of technology we have the power to extend our reach to the entire world. I have created a blog/website badge that I hope you will display on your sites which will show your support of this charitable event and link to the eduTechers Change the World donation page. Alternatively, or in addition to this, I would ask that should you like the idea and want your blog, feed, or site to become a part of this charitable movement, you display the badge on your site and conduct the same type of donation system for your visitors. I will be happy to provide any help I can in terms of the way I am running the event on my site.
Small change (no pun intended) will be a very powerful message for our students, showing them how something so small, and seemingly insignificant, can have real impact on the world we live in. And the beauty of it all is that not only are the visitors to the site learning something, but also they are also a part of the charity and can help decide where their “donation” will go.
Thank you so very much!
Feel free to contact me with any comments/questions.
THE FINE PRINT
Much to my wife’s chagrin, I am not a millionaire. Therefore the amount of money I personally will be able to donate to this wave of the effort is limited to what I can afford and we will cap the amount donated at a certain number to be decided later. The cap will be no less than 50,000 clicks (the equivalent of $500.00). As mentioned above, eduTecher is actively looking for partners in this charitable experiment that will match or more than match the donation put forth. Please note that this partner will be for eduTechers Change the World and not for the eduTecher site itself, therefore maintaining the original vision of the web resource.