A few days ago I wrote this post about a tool that would help global kids in global classrooms to connect with each other.
It seemed to gain some traction, some comments, a few twitter mentions and was read by a number of people.
A few people stepped forward, interested in helping this project to move forward, but none of us have the coding experience to make this tool real. Out of curiosity, I posted this project on vworker.com, a site that lets you “rent a coder” to make a project happen. I received a number of bids from tech folks from around the globe, but the most substantial, interesting, and qualified bid came from a coder who wanted $450 to make this tool come alive.
I truly believe a tool like this will move us move ahead in helping students to make connections around the globe so I’ve set up a chipin widget to see if anyone else is interested. Chipin is a simple crowdsourcing tool that is hooked to paypal that lets you donate what you can / want to move a project ahead.
A few promises I can make:
1.) I’ve set the widget for $400 because I’ll donate the first $50 + anything additional that is needed to move this project ahead.
2.) I’ll donate the webspace to host this project. I’ve currently got the the URL hivethinking.org which I’m not using (which I think would be appropriate for a project like this), but of you’ve got a better idea, let me know. I can drop hivethinking when it’s renewal comes up next month and pick up a different one.
3.) I promise that the service will be free for anyone to use. I’m not starting a business, I just believe we need a tool like this to help us in our classrooms.
4.) Any donations will be acknowledged here and on a page on the actual site itself that will explain how the tool came to life.
5.) I’ve set the chipin account for only a week. I thought that was plenty enough time for a project like this, looking for this amount of money to see if there was enough interest or not. At the end of that week, the decision will be made to move ahead or not.
So what do you think? Do you have a few dollars to build a tool that we are currently lacking?
Any questions, concerns or thoughts? Either post them here on the blog or send me an email at glassbeedatgmaildotcom and I’ll get back to you ASAP.