10 Response to “We Don’t Have Enough Resources to Make a Difference”

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.

Landfill Harmonic | Juliana Penaranda-Loftus & Alejandra Nash from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

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.

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3.Free Technology – So much today is free and open source.

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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.

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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?

Reflections About Life in the Digital World – Is celebrity one click away? – 10 of 14 #video

Is Higher Education in Danger? Education in a Digital Age

This video was created loosely in response to the prompt: “Do MOOCs threaten institutions of higher education, or are they something that happens outside of these institutions altogether — and then, do they threaten at all?” I created it as an “assignment in the 2013 Mooc Mooc (#moocmooc on Twitter) at Canvas.net.

Teens and Social Media Report from Pew Internet and American Life Project

A report entitled “Teens and Social Media” was published today as part of the Pew Internet and American Life Project. This 40+ page report is packed with data about youth and cyberculture. Here are some of the direct quotes that caught my attention:

“93% of teenagers are online, and their use of the internet is intensifying.”
“One in seven online teens has posted video files on the internet. Boys lead the video-posting pack.”
“Posting photos and videos starts a conversation. Most teens receive some feedback on the content they post online.”
“Most teens restrict access to their posted photos – at least some of the time. Girls are more restrictive photo posters.”
“Teens who are most active online, including bloggers, are also highly active offline.”
“Girls have fueled the growth of the teen blogosphere.”
“Nearly two-thirds of online teens are content creators.” (blogging, videos, pictures, web pages, etc.)

And as I read about the proliferation of youth content creation online, I was reminded of a couple of videos that I sometimes use to introduce people to ethical and social challenges that emerge in the digital world.