Ok gentle readers, I am going to take a momentary break from reviewing educational technology and ask for your indulgence for a moment (or at least for one entry). As you may know, I teach various types of technology in a very small rural public High School in Texas. Our technology budget is limited but I would still like to expose our students to every tool that I can. Many of these kids are looking forward to a career in fast-food or retail (think Allsup’s or 7-ll) and that is the extent of their opportunity or ambition. My goal is to help my students find alternatives to these types of low opportunity jobs. One of the dreams I have is to be able to offer an audio/video engineering class in hopes that one of these students will become inspired and continue on to find a rewarding job in a satisfying career field. I need your help. I am trying to gather the necessary equipment to outfit a small but useful video studio for my students. I am using every tool, approach, or venue that I can find to get word to the Internet at large about how deserving these kids are and how much good a few dollars can do. One of the things I have done is to establish a crowd-funding project on http://www.donorschoose.org in the hopes of expanding my purchasing power in order to buy the equipment my students need. This is where you come in. I find that most people on the Internet are sympathetic to education (and kids for that matter). They are also interested in promoting technology and media creation. If this is you and you have a few dollars of disposable income (I mean a few…even $10 would be greatly appreciated) then please consider clicking on this link and donating to a very worthy cause. If you have never donated to anything like this before then today, being #GivingTuesday would be a great day to start. If you can’t donate then please consider sharing, reblogging, re-Tweeting, re-Facebooking, re-SnapChatting, or repeating my plea on whatever social media you can access. If you don’t care for social media consider sharing this link with a friend or neighbor who does. If you have no friends or neighbors, consider sharing with a total stranger (in a well-lit public place of course) and ask them to promote the idea. C’mon…there is so much on the Internet that is not good or not useful. Here is your chance to do a small thing to swing the balance the other way. Please Please Please consider helping my students with this project. Now…back to our regularly scheduled education blog.