Help send a special ed teacher 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.
Some of the educational technology programs we will be learning and utilizing are Glogster, Smore, ToonDoo, GoAnimate, Pixlr, Google Docs, Weebly, Lego StoryVisualizer, myHistro timeline, lettrs.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 memomuse, The Original Journal, and Community Kitchen. I am active on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Google+, Instagram, Talenthouse, 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.
Here is a link to my class portfolio. http://surreyteachers2014.weebly.com/megan-oteri.html
We sure worked hard and played hard. We were able to visit some amazing spots. We traveled to the White Cliffs of Dover, Arundal Castle where the Duke and Duchess of Suffolk live, Canterbury Cathedral (after my visit I had the most delicious clotted cream with scones and tea), Jane Austen's House, Chawton House Library (where there is a collection of rare books of female authors pre 1600), and Losely Park Estate (where the queen stayed several times).
The University of Surrey in Guildford was quite lovely. Lovely is a word the British use often, along with brilliant. My trip was both lovely and brilliant. Thank you for your support and donations. What an experience. I am forever changed by this trip and learned so much that I can take back to my classroom to make my instruction more relevant, exciting, and engaging.
Off to Jane Austen's Chowton Estate tomorrow. Then back to University of Surrey Friday for class all day. And then onto Cliffs of Dover on Saturday. Sunday is a free day and I am going to go back to London for services at Westminster Abbey! And then onto the National Portrait Gallery, I just can't miss that opportunity to see Renoir's, Picasso's and Monet's.
Did I tell you I am smitten by Britain!
You can still make a donation. It is open until I leave the UK, July 24. It is mighty expensive in the UK. Any little bit will help. 1 pound is equal to $1.70 US.
I am having a ball talking to local people. I am enjoying it all. UK is a beautiful place. Our class went to Winchester yesterday and the study abroad course paid for our transportation there from University of Surrey. Today we are headed to Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle) and the course has paid for our admission tickets and coach. I am smitten with Britain! Thanks for your support and following my adventure.
I also love the fashion here, especially in London. I am in search of the UK's version of Goodwill or Salvation Army.
Also, I have connected with two cyber brain tumor buddies while in the UK: Claire of ( http://www.auntymbraintumours.co.uk) and Natalya of ( http://www.btbuddies.org.uk/what-is-braintumorthursday/survivors-and-thrivers.html). This link will lead you to Natalya's website (BT Buddies) but it will also help you see how Natalya and I are connected.
I am involved with #BTSM and #BrainTumorThursday on Twitter which are twitter communities that support each other give information about brain tumors for those that have been recently diagnosed, are undergoing treatment, caregivers, and dealing with the transition post treatment.
My mother had two brain tumors. They were non-cancerous but she lived with them and it did effect her in many ways. I can't say enough about Claire and Natalya, who both started their own organizations to help people deal with brain tumors.
They both graciously treated me to dinner in London and we were able to talk about brain tumors (and other things of course) over supper. It was delightful. Most people find brain tumors a downer subject, but that is why they are doing great things in the UK -- they are helping others be human about their tumors. Doctors are great and all, but most patients and family members just want to be able to speak about it in simple terms.
Anyway, that was a bit of a ramble. I am very passionate about my brain tumor peeps because of how it touched my life so personally. Anyway, check out my GoFundMe campaign and give it a read if you'd like. Please share it as well. The fundraiser is open until July 24 which is when I leave.
At the least, subscribe to updates and you will be notified when I post updates. I am mostly posting here as I am on the go for class and the traveling of this class. We are off to Highclere Castle today, Cliffs of Dover tomorrow, and Canterbury Saturday. We have class on campus Friday. And then there is more next week. I am just having a blast.
Anyway, we have been busy. These are the places I chose to visit in London on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
1. Trafalgar Square
2. Rode double decker bus around London
3. Queen's Walk
4. Tower of London
5. Greenwich and Royal Observatory and Prime Meridian marker
6. Ghost tour of London
7. Regent's Park
9. The Shard Building
Back to work, must complete some assignments for class.
Thank you for your donations. “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” ― Aristotle ― Aristotle
Thank you Anonymous for your donation. You are awesome. "There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart." - Jane Austen
Thank you Lloyd for your support.