Throwback Thursday: Tinkerbelle visits The Julia Group

Going through our archives, we came across this great post from January 22, 2008 on “Tinkerbell visits The Julia Group” that we wanted to share with you in case you missed it the first time around. 

In the movie, Hook, there is a very sad part where Tinkerbelle turns herself into human-size because she is in love with Peter Pan, and she says,

“It was the very biggest wish I’ve ever wished and I wished it just for me.”

It is sad because she doesn’t get her wish, because Peter is married and has a couple of kids. What does this have to do with The Julia Group? Well, after twenty years of writing grants for other people, and then writing grants forSpirit Lake Consulting,  soon to be my ex-company, today I mailed out a grant I wrote just for me. Well, I wrote it for The Julia Group, actually.

I am proposing to offer an on-line course for high school Algebra using Web 2.0 technology. If funded, we would develop a prototype, and, if it is successful, develop more courses after that. It was a 20 page proposal, so, obviously, it was a bit more complicated than that.gif_fairy003aa

I’m very excited about  it because I really do believe that a more limited access to knowledge of mathematics and technology is one of those things that is keeping the have-nots not-having and if we can bridge that gap it really will make people’s lives better.

Even if this particular proposal doesn’t get funded, I will revise it and submit a better design. Sooner or later (I hope sooner), I am going to do this project. It is pretty exciting to be working on something that I really believe in with all my heart. Even if I don’t look like Tinkerbelle.


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