When it comes down to it, if it weren’t for the internet and access to information that I have been steered towards, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing tomorrow. I’m not sure I even knew what a pitch deck was until the past few weeks! I’ll let you google it if you don’t know, just like I did.
As a recent prospective business partner said to me recently, “I can’t believe that you’re sitting at your kitchen table in PEI, with your finger on international education”. And the only reason I am able to be somewhat near what he’s talking about is because of everything being accessible online.
Having a brother who is the principal of an international school in Shanghai doesn’t hurt either. Dan has a fantastic blog you should check out: http://www.mondaymusings.org/
This is why I am so passionate about teaching educational technology. I’m totally self-taught, just like Sugata Mitra, who devised the Hole in the Wall Theory. Not that I have my Phd or have Slumdog Millionaire based on my life like him, but he did teach himself with computers and is responsible for helping thousands of slum kids throughout India teach themselves how to use a computer and navigate the internet, thus opening doors for them that may not have been otherwise.
That’s how I was able to teach 3D autocad in my afterschool technology program with elementary school kids. They taught each other! I was there as a resource and to guide them (along with other helpers like our town mayor and an inventor), to answer questions if totally necessary but usually they worked it out themselves. The concept of peer-to-peer in 21st Century learning is massive.
I’m getting my chance to tell this story to possible investors, partners and sponsors in the coming weeks and am very excited about it. I’ve been working on this for two and a half years and it feels like it’s close to actually happening.
Please contact me if you’re interested.