The Teacher, the UK, and the Donation

Writing and Technology Integration summer study abroad course

Check out my fundraiser. Click here for my GoFundMe page. I am trying to raise funds to help buy my airline ticket to England for a summer study abroad fellowship I was selected for.

Below is the narrative on my GoFundMe fundraiser page.

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Help send me (Meg) to the UK.

I am a Special Education Language Arts teacher in North Carolina with 15 years teaching experience. I am going to England because I want to evolve with educational technology.

Students with learning disabilities often feel stupid; they are not. They just learn differently, technology embraces that. When actively engaged with technology, students with learning disabilities flourish.

When Thomas Edison was six years old his teacher sent the following note, “He is too stupid to learn.

I was selected as a Borchardt Fellow from a competitive applicant pool of teachers from the Research Triangle Park area in North Carolina to study abroad in England. The study abroad course is titled Special Problems in Instructional Technology -- Integrating Writing and Technology.
 
This special problems course brings together skilled North Carolina educators across content areas and grade levels to study the integration of writing and technology, using media collected from visits to historical and literary sites and interactions with other cultures to promote writing across modes and progressions and the development of multimodal portfolios.
Some of the educational technology programs we will be learning and utilizing are GlogsterSmoreToonDooGoAnimatePixlr, Google Docs, WeeblyLego StoryVisualizermyHistro timelinelettrs.com, and Prezi. Some of the sites we’ll visit are Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey), the British Museum, Cliffs of Dover, Canterbury, Arundel Castle Joust Festival (yeah jousting!), Jane Austen's Chawton, Gilbert White's Selborne, and many other interesting places.In my own words, yehaw! This cowgirl is going to the UK. I traveled to Holland when I was 25, but other than that I have never studied abroad. I always wished I had done so in college. So this is my opportunity.

I will be blogging and social media-ing on my own social media channels about my trip, as well as completing graduate level course work on our class Weebly website. You can follow my academic work in the course here: Surrey Teachers 2014.

This brings me to asking you for a donation to help me so I can help my students, (please with British Cheerio on top). The fellowship pays for lodging, some meals, and travel/entrance fees to some of the sites. I am asking for $1600 for my airline ticket and $400 for food allowance.

I don’t have a lot to offer here, but in exchange for your donation of $100 or more, I will dedicate a blog entry or social media post to you or your company on my social media channels. I have a social media Klout score of 44 and a Kred Influence score of 675 (out of 1,000) and a Kred Outreach Level of 7 (out of 12). I have an MA in Creative Writing and I'm pretty clever with a camera. You can view my work at memomuseThe Original Journal, and Community Kitchen. I am active on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, TumblrGoogle+InstagramTalenthouse, and Pinterest.

To all that took the time to read this, whether you donate or not, Hope. Wish. Dream. Be.

Thank you for your support.

Meg

Hope. Wish. Dream. Be.

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