As a professor and consultant, I work with a variety of people who feel inhibited by limited resources. While the topic of inadequate resources is a real and important one, I’m not quite ready to accept that it is a big enough problem to hinder many good and important projects, ideas, tasks, initiatives or visions. Here are ten reasons why. For me, they are reminders of what it possible when there is imagination and vision…even when the resources are scarce.
1. Landfill Harmonic – They started with a vision, then the figured out how to make it happen with the resources at their disposal.
2. BYOD Schools with Recycled Devices – People are throwing away devices that are a couple of years old, but they remain powerful tools for teaching and learning.
3.Free Technology – So much today is free and open source.
4. Chromebooks & Cloud Computing – It isn’t free, but this is one of a growing number of examples for low-cost one-to-one school initiatives.
5. Tina Seelig’s $5 Classroom Challenge – How much money can you make with $5 in two hours?
6. The 30 Goals Challenge for Professional Development – You don’t have enough money to pay for a graduate degree, but you want to grow and learn as an educator? Try this out. Or, how about one of the many MOOCs or open courses on the web?
7. Leadership Lessons from a Dancing Guy – The only cost is a willingness to look a little silly.
8. Honk if you Love Someone – A little time, markers, and a few posters can go a long way.
9. Free Hugs Campaign – How much does a hug cost?
10. Caine’s Arcade – How about this for a STEM education?