My name is Don Wettrick and I
am the instructor for the Innovations course at Franklin Community High School.
This class is based in a similar fashion of the "20% time" model,
however we work within the common core to create a real world, collaborative
learning experience. We started with the idea that if you give students a
class based on freedom and autonomy, they can accomplish great things.
To date we have been working
* Bio-fuel solutions for our
school's via two bio-fuel companies
* Low cost technology
solutions for schools on a struggling budget via Greenbridge Computing.
* Learning how Microsoft's
Sharepoint technology can help solve some BYOD headaches.
* Creating a community
resource center to help our town solve vital problems.
* Self-publishing and collaborating
with other schools on a K12 book
* Student-led MOOC/wiki,
Student HackEd, that has participants from all over the world
What we are raising money for?
Great ideas can be often be
limited by funding and we want to make sure that we can fund the passions of
our students.In an effort to do that, we
are raising money to help develop and continue various components of this
course. Some of the specific initiatives that the funding will be used for
-Self-publishing our book on
Innovations in the classroom (set to be released in early 2014).
-Any extra funding will go
towards student projects and needs as seen fit. (There will be a ton of them!)
Why you should donate?
We are asking you to support
us because we are trying to not only get our own program off and running, but
we want to help get this type of class in more schools across America. My
colleagues and I have seen the amazing things that can happen when students are
the “innovators” in the classroom. We want to share this experience with
everyone we know and make it a nationwide initiative. Please help spread the
word by passing this along to anyone that is passionate in education reform
and/or wanting to bring greater student choice and collaboration to the