Christina Deberry is helping learners to get books and computers into the classroom. She is asking for help for her special education 9th grade students. This is a class of young people who want to go to college and become independent. While the students have disabilities that range from dyslexia and dysgraphic to learning processing disorders, they are still determined to do their best. They need additional support like, audio books to make learning easier. The school itself lacks basic resources for the students. There are no computers in this class at all. You donation will help change all that. You can help the class here
Baltimore Hacker Space is Crowdfunding
This non-profit technology educational facility is home to many great projects. Projects that people can’t work on at home ( not everyone has a garage). It has been member funded in the past and provided tools and training for anyone wanting to build something special. Their expenses recently went up. Here is what happened in their words. “Recently, our landlord “discovered” a number water bills that he’d missed over the past two years, and he’s passing that expense on to us. So we’ve run the numbers, and our $5,000 goal will keep us financially stable and allow us to focus on community outreach for the next two years. As a 501(c)3 charity, we work to promote growth and learning in our community by providing people a place to learn and work in a positive and collaborative environment. We are sustained by our membership dues. However, we do open up all of our classes and events to non-members. We try to provide at least 2-3 days per week where non-members can come in and work with our facilities.”
It’s all about helping a community resource stay a community resource. You can sponsor a go-cart. You can get T-shirts and even book some time in the shop to work on your ideas. You can have a storm trooper visit you or even pick up a years membership.
Support them here. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-our-hackerspace-baltimore-md#/story
Article by Thomas Peterson
Online English teachers, is this the latest trend?
I would like to talk a little bit about something I have observed on the internet recently. It seems to me that there is a growing industry that is all to do with teaching online. When you think about it it makes perfect sense doesn’t it? I mean Skype is so reliable these days and so many more people have it that is seems to make sense that there would be an increase in language lessons.
I have found a few language schools that have been really interesting in the sense that they have really made it easy for me to start teaching right away. One that I would like to talk about is “Our language cafe” http://www.ourlanguagecafe.com this site is one of the first sites I went to when I was looking for a good way to get lots of students fast. The site seemed very clear to me unlike many others. I was able to get students within 3 days of registering.
I have always taught English around the world, but of course this has mainly been in the classroom. Since living in the countryside I have been more and more inclined to teach online as it is just such a convenient way of making some part time money.
I do think that since I started teaching 3 years ago I have seen a steady trend in this industry. There is more and more competition amongst teachers to get students and this is why having the platform sites is a great thing as they do the hard work for you.
One of the joys of teaching is that you can be your own boss and you can set the hours that you work. Of course some of the downsides are that you never know how much work you will get. But I think if you register with some online language platforms like the one above you will have a steady stream of students.
Also another thing is sometimes students do not turn up for lessons. This occasionally happens but when you get payment from students beforehand you can charge them something for this “no show” lesson.
I have found it really is a great fun way to meet interesting people and also have a lot of fun teaching. I think it can be rewarding when you see students progress as well. There’s lots of sides to teaching online. You can get specific if you wish and you can teach Business English or maybe help people prepare for tests. On the other side of the coin you can just do conversational lesson. I have found that a lot of people really just want a mix of things, some of this and some of that, but students always like it when you correct their mistakes.
All in all, I really recommend this kind of work. Good luck!