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Table of Contents

Table of Contents“ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ ..“ .2 About the Author“ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ 3 Introduction “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ ..“ “ “ .“ .4 Teachers Deserve a Better Deal. Now! “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ ..“ ..“ “ 5 7+ Places Teachers - of All Kinds - Need to Think About “ “ “ ..“ ...10 #1. FreeIQ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ ...........................11 #2. Kasamba “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ .“ 14 #3. Mindbites “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ ...“ “ “ .18 #4. Current (and Revver and Metacafe) “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ .20 #5. Teachers Pay Teachers“ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ ...25 #6. Skype Prime (and Wengo) “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ ..27 #7. We Are Teachers “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ ...“ ...30 A Final Word “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ ..“ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ ...34 Want More? .....................................................................“ “ “ “ “ “ ..36 Earnings Disclaimer“ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ ....39

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About the Author Meri Aaron Walker, MA Meri Walker is a respected author, speaker, and secondary and college teacher who consults, frequently, at the intersection of business, education and community development initiatives where people need to create new opportunities out of the differences between them. Her current focus is helping teachers get more substantial, tangible rewards for doing what they love most … teaching! She serves as a community manager for the We Are Teachers global network from her home in southern Oregon. Meri earned her BA in English, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia and her MA in Communication, with highest honors, from the University of Texas. She began her career teaching high school English and went on to become certified to teach five subjects at the secondary level. Over the past two decades, Meri has taught graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Texas at Austin and St. Edward–s University and trained executives in the US and Europe in Fortune 500 companies. She continues to study with the world–s most respected leaders in the areas of instructional design, accelerated and online learning, group facilitation, leadership development, nonviolent communication, appreciative inquiry and solutions-focused teamwork. Recent clients have included the Horace Mann School, The University of Texas System; Communities in Schools; Youthlaunch; IBM; AMD, International SEMATECH; KLRU-TV; Leadership Austin; Advocacy, Inc.; The Effective Edge; and Smarter Solutions, among others. In 2001, Meri co-authored Teamwork is an Individual Skill, a Berret Kohler management classic that teaches people how to build skills and attitudes that help them get more of what they want by working with others. (Read more about this book here, or buy it from Amazon.) Page 3 … 2007 Meri Aaron Walker mawstoolbox@gmail.com | www.mawstoolbox.com - All Rights Reserved


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Introduction Welcome and thank you for grabbing a copy of my new report! In this report, I am going to give you a quick tour of 7+ places that you can convert your expertise into cash online … today! This simple overview is designed to get you thinking seriously (and imagining wildly) about new ways you can create direct relationships with global learners who are online looking for just the kind of help you already know how to give them. These sites make it incredibly simple for teachers, trainers, coaches and consultants to get into action in the new global knowledge marketplace and start making more money doing what you love most without much more work. I–m a big fan of simple technologies and systems that make it easy for me to teach. And these sites do just that. Although this is a brief overview, I–m providing valuable information and I–ve made it easy for you to access so you don–t waste time you don–t have to waste. The fact that this is basic information and so easy to access makes it quick and easy for anybody with any level of experience to take the tour. So, let–s get into it! Page 4 … 2007 Meri Aaron Walker mawstoolbox@gmail.com | www.mawstoolbox.com - All Rights Reserved


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Teachers Deserve a Better Deal“ NOW!

The most valuable ” currency’ people are exchanging in the new global economy is knowledge and informed action. Teachers (and trainers and coaches and consultants) help people build the value of their ” currency.’ Accepting substandard wages, ” apples’ and other non-monetary gifts for our contributions just isn t enough for a fair exchange in this economy. Teachers - of all kinds - need substantial, tangible rewards, too.

Back in 2000, I coauthored a book on how to get more of what you want by working with other people. At the time, I was talking to business people about the fact that the old command-and-control structures that used to dominate business and education were dissolving and making it

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imperative for people to get really clear about their individual roles, their agreements, and their commitments to themselves and the people they work with. Or risk losing their shirts in the global knowledge economy. Lately, I–ve been carrying the same message to fellow teachers, trainers, coaches, and consultants. Because it seems to me that one of the biggest … if not the biggest … mistakes that teachers of all kinds make when it comes to keeping ourselves jazzed about something as hard as teaching for a living is not expecting to get paid fairly for doing what we㈱re best at. Teachers don–t do this because we–re stupid or because somehow enjoy poverty more than others. We do it because so many of us are still navigating our careers based on outdated roles, agreements and commitments related to how society rewards people who make their living building the value of other people s intellectual capital. As a result of this mistake, many teachers spend huge amounts of time (and our own money) creating, writing, illustrating, and designing interactions in which we teach others how to do things that they often don–t enjoy and may not want or need to do again after they leave the classroom. And these days, we–re being required to do this at a pace that–s truly insane.

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These mistakes are causing frustration, disappointment and exhaustion for teachers - and learners - of all ages. Last year alone (2006) more than 500,000 secondary teachers left the profession in the US. And, depending on where you live, between 2 and 4 out of every 5 young people who started high school in your community decided to leave before finishing a conventional degree program. These are hard facts about K-12 public education in the US. It–s a shame really, because if we teachers would stick to teaching only the things we–re most passionate about and make sure … before we engage with learners … that learners are passionate about the same things, I believe learners would make the kind of gains they need to stay engaged and teachers would make more money. Right now, this isn–t happening much in conventional education. The good news is it–s starting to happen big time … online!

Good teaching is no longer about content mastery. It,s about relationship! Now that everything anyone might ever want to find out is readily available on the Internet, and learners can get to the information whenever and wherever they like, teachers are actually cued up to teach … instead of acting like text readers. Or clerks. Or book distributors. Or room monitors. Page 7 … 2007 Meri Aaron Walker mawstoolbox@gmail.com | www.mawstoolbox.com - All Rights Reserved


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So the time is ripe for teachers … and trainers and coaches and consultants and subject matter experts of all kinds … to get really clear about the roles, commitments and agreements we–re making. Because if we–re not clear about the roles we want to play, the kinds of agreements we need to have in place so we can play those roles, and the kinds of commitments we need to make … and receive from … others before we put our golden assets on the table, we–re just going to get a shorter and shorter end of the proverbial stick. And, in a global economy based on knowledge exchange, it–s plain crazy for teachers, trainers, coaches and consultants to be short-changed!! What–s crazy about it? Well, look at it this way: in a 24/7 global knowledge economy, every person–s ability to make productive inquiries, to think critically about the sea of information they–re thrashing through, and to apply what–s most important are their most important economic assets. And, when it comes to developing those assets, what are a person–s most valuable resources? Well, besides our native curiosity and creativity, skilled teachers, trainers, coaches, consultants and other kinds of subject matter experts are our most crucial resources! More than ever before, this Page 8 … 2007 Meri Aaron Walker mawstoolbox@gmail.com | www.mawstoolbox.com - All Rights Reserved


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means that teachers “ of all kinds “ deserve substantial, tangible rewards for helping others develop their skills and knowledge. Especially in this 24/7 knowledge economy. More and more learners are getting this. And, across the globe, they–re beginning to seek help in new ways. Online. At the same time, more and more teachers, trainers, coaches and consultants are waking up, too, and moving into a new kind of relationship with learners … in the global knowledge marketplace. Online. The ten online teaching marketplaces I point to in this brief report are already buzzing with activity! I–ve taken time to investigate each of them and believe they are all worthy of your time. I hope you–ll take a few minutes to browse through them and sign up to participate in those you think are a good fit for you. They–re full of learners of all ages who want help when they want it … where they need it … and they–re willing to pay for it. They–re also full of teachers, trainers, coaches and consultants who are re-focusing their efforts and getting more of what they deserve for helping others develop the skills and knowledge they need to get ahead in the global economy. Each of these marketplaces operates differently. None of them requires you to have your own website or to know how to take credit card payments online. They do all of that for you! Page 9 … 2007 Meri Aaron Walker mawstoolbox@gmail.com | www.mawstoolbox.com - All Rights Reserved


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You won–t get rich in these places overnight. But any one of them can open the door for you to start converting your file boxes of lesson plans, coaching routines, and informational presentations into learning products and services you can sell directly to learners who want and need them. Isn–t it about time you made a decent living doing what you love most “ teaching?! Let–s get started!

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Opportunity #1 … FreeIQ

Brad Fallon, the founder of FreeIQ, is a brilliant internet visionary who understands that while everyone isn–t Leonardo daVinci, just about everyone knows a lot about something. And that information is valuable … to someone else. If you–re a pastry chef, your expertise could save me a fortune the next time I have to make a holiday dinner for the family. If you–re a mechanic, your expertise could keep me from spending a fortune the next time I can–t get my car to start. If you–re a basketball coach who knows how to teach kids to shoot hoops, you could save me a ton of time and a world of trouble coaching my kids– basketball team. If you–re a“ well, you get the idea.

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Ron Wykoff, in the screen capture above, is exactly that: a retired high school basketball coach whose videos show anyone how to help a kid do a better job on the court. The trouble for many people is that there–s not always an ”expert like Ron around when you need one. (Because Ron happens to be from the town I grew up in, I got a real kick out of seeing his creativity show up for sale on FreeIQ.) FreeIQ–s search engine makes it easy for people to find expert help 24/7. I–ve heard it called ”Google for mentors.

There are two ways to make money with your expertise at FreeIQ. Most people offer at least some help for free. Then they sell more help for prices ranging from $1 to $1000 and up. There–s a FREE sign up process that enables you to set up shop with your own range of learning products and services. Membership includes the use of a full shopping cart backend that processes credit card payments without you having to do a thing.

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Free IQ also has a two-tier affiliate system. Send someone to FreeIQ and you can get a commission for the purchases they make for up to a year following their sign-up. You can check out the author page I–ve posted at FreeIQ or simply go to the main site, sign up, and try it out for yourself. FreeIQ is a brilliant idea that teachers of all kinds … and learners of all ages … are using to connect and exchange 24/7. FreeIQ has only been operating since February, 2007, and I expect to see exponential growth in the months ahead. Just imagine“ with your subject matter expertise AND your teaching skills“ what new kinds of connections could you make in this kind of marketplace? What have you got in those file boxes of lessons you–ve already developed that you could package up and share with people who are looking for help in places like this?

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Opportunity #2- Kasamba

I have no idea how the new Web 2 sites get their names, but wherever Kasamba came from, it–s a fresh and exciting idea. And it–s growing so fast it makes my head spin! As you can see above, as of December, 2007, there are well over 30,000 experts already registered to engage with learners around almost every subject known to man. Learners of all ages can go online live and get the answers they–re looking for 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. at Kasamba from licensed professional

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counselors, lawyers, physicians, math, English or science tutors, experts in every kind of computer programming, and anything else you can think of. And they are doing so in droves! Experts can be engaged by phone, by chat, or using Kasamba–s proprietary live web meeting interface. Prices are set by the minute for telephone and web meeting interaction or by the length of correspondence required for assistance by email. I–ve seen prices as low as $.05/minute ($3 hour) and as high as $2.50 minute ($150/hour) and email correspondence priced from $5 for a short answer to $35 and up for a short report. Whatever you–re an expert in, Kasamba is a very easy place to feast on some extra cash. Registration is FREE. Credentials are verified carefully, especially in critical areas like counseling, law and medicine. Release forms that authorize Kasamba–s staff to run background checks and verify education and licensure are part of the sign up process. In addition to conventional tutors, learners have access to chefs, mixed drink specialists, professional bargain shoppers, wardrobe stylists, horse handlers, cat behavior specialists, and camping aficionados - among literally hundreds of arcane specialties … live at Kasamba. With learning at Kasamba, the sky is truly the limit!

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As you can see above, there is an active Education and Tutoring service segment at Kasamba. A robust consumer rating system supplements experts– posted credentials, providing would-be learners a record not just of the experts– traditional degrees and certifications but also a log of past users– satisfaction with services provided. It–s like EBay … for learning and professional services. Very cool. Very exciting. Very much the future of lifetime learning. Having moved recently to a rural community in southern Oregon, I lack local experts I can call on to help me understand technical issues related to multimedia and content management tools I need for my work. At Kasamba, I found a wonderful programmer to teach me how to customize my Wordpress blog and I–ve had a ball using Skype and Google Talk to work together. Page 16 … 2007 Meri Aaron Walker mawstoolbox@gmail.com | www.mawstoolbox.com - All Rights Reserved


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Because he–s in India, Rixit is always getting up when I–m going to sleep, and vice versa. But we manage to meet live early in the morning or before bed. At first, I was a little hesitant to put my trust in someone I hadn–t met and couldn–t see, but Rixit–s answers to my questions have been both fast and spot on. And his 277 4-star ratings gave me the confidence to take a chance. So far, our teaching-learning relationship has been a pure source of delight! Check out the future for yourself: www.kasamba.com.

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Opportunity #3 … Mindbites

Mindbites calls itself the place to learn what others know. It–s a place to learn something new, share what you know, and connect with others doing the same. Sounds like school, doesn–t it? But Mindbites is more like a publishing house or a coop for people who love video learning than any kind of traditional school. The founders call Mindbites a ”self-publishing platform and social marketplace for instructional content. Their intention is to help people learn, connect and revolutionize the way the world shares knowledge.

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The brainchild of some University of Texas graduates in business and film, the company has blossomed into offices in Austin, Houston, Galveston, New York and San Francisco. Mindbites hosts and ”distributes your video lessons on innovative subjects and deposits the monies either into your personal account or into the account of a charity you want to benefit. Participants earn and spend credits. One credit costs as little as $1.65 and most lessons cost 2-3 credits. Every week there is at least one free lesson available, but for the most part, you have to pay to play. Every Mindbites lesson must begin with a free 60-second preview that learners can watch to determine whether the lesson covers what they–re looking for. Members are provided a free training on how to script and produce this 60-second preview so that you can provide learners with the best possible introduction to your lesson. Membership is FREE at Mindbites. I encourage everyone who loves their camcorder … and enjoys video learning … to sign up to participate. The opportunity to access the excellent 60-second video production training alone is reason enough for teachers, trainers, coaches and consultants to sign up and start converting all that work you–ve already done into learning products you can sell directly to learners online. www.mindbites.com Page 19 … 2007 Meri Aaron Walker mawstoolbox@gmail.com | www.mawstoolbox.com - All Rights Reserved


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Opportunity #4 - Current (and Revver and Metacafe)

Speaking of revolutionizing the way the world shares knowledge“ Current.com is right on the frontlines. Current is an online television network created by users, for users, that provides video-makers of every skill level with space to host and share their creations with others. Membership is FREE. Sounds like another YouTube. NOT! The screen above shows the 24-hour program guide for Current–s viewercreated content now delivered to the 52 million homes served by its sponsors. Page 20 … 2007 Meri Aaron Walker mawstoolbox@gmail.com | www.mawstoolbox.com - All Rights Reserved


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With headquarters in San Francisco, a studio in Los Angeles, ad sales in New York and newly opened office in London, Current is one of the few independent media companies with national cable and satellite TV distribution. It is financed by private investors and individuals. Al Gore is the chairman of the company. Current–s intention is to make it possible for people … not just filmmakers … to help democratize the media. Besides providing members with a place to express their views on camera, connect with others who share them, and view footage made by those who disagree, Current also provides participants with online access to podsafe music and other professional resources you can use to make video and continue improving your narrative skills.

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Through the VC2 program at Current, anyone with a camera, drive, and a story to tell can make, submit and share video stories and have them screened for potential acquisition and broadcast to the 52 million homes served by a cable or satellite provider carrying Current–s 24-hour cable channel, including Direct TV, Dish Network, Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T Uverse and Nationwide. Current pays for full-length pods, V-CAMS and promos. Pods are negotiated on a per-piece basis and promos are purchased for a flat rate of $250. V-CAM submissions are paid a flat rate of $1000 if chosen for Current TV and if sponsors choose to show it other places beyond Current TV, producers get anywhere between $5,000 and $50,000. Whether you are already experienced at video production or a total newbie, Current offers teachers, trainers, coaches and consultants and incredible opportunity to turn your expertise into compelling learning products you can sell for broadcast“ or directly to learners online. www.current.com REVVER and METACAFE In addition to Current, Revver.com and Metacafe.com also host video from members and offer opportunities to receive payment for your work. Both sites offer FREE registration as well. Revver.com connects video makers and video viewers and pays producers for the popularity of their work. Page 22 … 2007 Meri Aaron Walker mawstoolbox@gmail.com | www.mawstoolbox.com - All Rights Reserved


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When you upload your video to Revver, it is paired with a targeted advertisement. Then, as your video is shared across the web, the more people that see it, the more money you make. Revver also splits the ad revenue with video creators 50/50. In the DIY Category (Do It Yourself), hundreds of experts market their expertise daily on Revver.

This episode of Podcast Answer Man had already been viewed 4,319 times when I captured this screen, earning him a nice profit for simply sharing his audio production experience with thousands of learners worldwide.

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Metacafe.com, like Revver, pays video creators for the number of viewings their videos receive. Metacafe sets an 8-minute time-limit on videos it hosts and the site markets itself as ”entertainment focused. Nevertheless, many educational producers are already earning a reliable stream of revenue from viewers cruising Metacafe looking for tutorials on all the things they–re learning. This screen shot comes from a typical 5-minute ESL tutorial that teaches viewers how to talk about computers and computerrelated issues using English. See for yourself at www.metacafe.com.

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Opportunity #5 - Teachers Pay Teachers

Launched in February, 2006, Teachers Pay Teachers was the brainchild of a former New York City public school teacher who wanted to give teachers an incentive to post and get paid for sharing some of their most creative, most successful lesson plans and materials with other teachers. The global educational publisher, Scholastic, thought this was such a great idea that they acquired Teachers Pay Teachers before it had been in business one year.

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Teachers Pay Teachers is a marketplace where teachers … of all kinds … can claim a FREE membership enabling you to search and buy others– materials. During the 30-day trial period, you can also use the robust sales engine to market your own materials to fellow teachers for FREE. At Teachers Pay Teachers, you can buy, post and sell an unlimited number of lesson plans, unit plans, exams, worksheets, PowerPoint presentations and every other type of original curricula. You set your own prices and can track your sales online. After the 30-day trial period, paying an annual fee of only $29.95 allows teacher- authors to earn 85% of their sales revenue, paid out on a quarterly basis. Many participants are already making hundreds and even thousands of dollars selling print, audio, video and PowerPoint files through Teachers Pay Teachers. Besides other teachers, home-schooling parents are a fast-growing market for these materials. It–s clearly a pioneering idea whose time has come. Check it out here. Remember, it–s FREE to join. www.teacherspayteachers.com

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Opportunity #6 … Skype Prime (and Wengo)

If you–re already using Skype on your computer to make no-charge long distance calls around the globe, you probably love this company as much as I do. (If you haven–t already set yourself up to use this fabulous FREE service, please run to your nearest electronics store, pick yourself up a cheap webcam or microphone, and download the application for free so you can.) The news you may not have heard yet is that during 2007, Skype began offering a whole new way for people who have specialty knowledge to share it with others and make money using their free Skype connectivity. The new service is called Skype PRIME.

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In a nutshell, Skype PRIME allows Skype users who to use the free Skype application to provide professional and educational services which you charge for by the minute. The billing is handled entirely by Skype. Skype PRIME is FREE to sign up and the payment system uses your FREE PayPal account. (If you haven–t already been buying products and services yourself online, you will need to set up a PayPal account so you have a place for Skype to deposit the funds you receive from people you work with on Skype PRIME. PayPal is very easy and very useful for making safe, secure purchases of all kinds of things online, so if you need an account, you can set one up here.) Once you–re set up with a PayPal account, you can configure Skype PRIME by going to the Account panel inside your Skype application and scrolling to ”Skype PRIME Beta Services. Once inside the Skype PRIME registration site, you can set up any number of different learning services, establish your rates, and even create a nice widget you can post on your website, blog or social networking page. If you don–t have a website, blog or social networking page, you can use the Skype PRIME widget-maker to simply generate some code you can copy and paste into the signature line of your email application. Then you can send people Page 28 … 2007 Meri Aaron Walker mawstoolbox@gmail.com | www.mawstoolbox.com - All Rights Reserved


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straight to your Skype PRIME service from a link in your email messages. It–s all FREE and Skype has made it very easy for users to set up any number of different learning services and receive customers– payments through any kind of credit card or bank-linked checking account through PayPal. Try it! WENGO Wengo, a French company, has been offering a similar kind of service to Skype PRIME for several years and has already built up a huge stable of people they refer to as ”advisors. Advisors are people who are teaching others independently online. Because Wengo began in Europe, the majority of folks using this service are in Europe and the Middle East, but every day Wengo is gathering more North American participants. Particularly if you have experience working with crosscultural issues in learning and/or working with people for whom English is a second language, you may to want to register with Wengo as well as Skype PRIME. You can find out more about Wengo here.

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Opportunity #7 … We Are Teachers

Since I was a kid, I have really enjoyed control. One of my long-standing habits has been to save the best for last. And that–s what I–ve done with this report, too. I–ve saved the best for last. We Are Teachers is one of the truly most exciting opportunities on the horizon for teachers, trainers, coaches and consultants who have a real passion for teaching and learning with others … and also want to make a decent living doing it. We Are Teachers intends to forever change the business of teaching. To accomplish this, the company has created an online teaching, learning, Page 30 … 2007 Meri Aaron Walker mawstoolbox@gmail.com | www.mawstoolbox.com - All Rights Reserved


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and business network to empower teachers to benefit from the exchange of knowledge through community, content and commerce. We Are Teachers is the brainchild of an Austin, TX, entrepreneur and a long-time educational technology maven, Sandy Fivecoat, who have partnered to develop a new ”knowledge marketplace. We Are Teachers is part social network, part E-bay-style storefront, part online learning delivery system, part learning-management platform, and a robust production studio where you can turn existing lessons into compelling learning products and services Membership is available in three tiers, the first of which is FREE. Tier 3 membership costs less than $100/year and offers unlimited access to high-quality publishing tools. Multimedia EBooks, electronic presentations that integrate high-quality compressed video with PowerPoint, and an integrated quizzing engine that allows learners to assess their own mastery as they go along are just some of the options available. The benefits of joining We Are Teachers are many. First, without having to set up a website, or master the eccentricities of credit card processing … or set up a system to track ongoing interaction with learners … teachers, trainers, coaches and consultants can set up and sell an unlimited catalogue of learning products and services. Second, you can enjoy a

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robust system that manages the details of all your interactions with learners for you.

Third, members can also make money doing something you already do every day “ namely, recommending products and services you know to be particularly effective with the kinds of learners you typically work with. The recommendation program can include text, video, and audio-based materials published by teacher colleagues as well as materials published by the big names in educational publishing. Names like Houghton Mifflin, Knowledge Adventure, Compass Learning, Key Curriculum Press, Teacher–s Domain, Your Teacher and Giant Campus, just for starters.

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An easy way to wrap your mind around all that–s available to help you create and manage your own teaching business through We Are Teachers might be to see yourself with a kind of Facebook presence online that serves as your social connection point with the kinds of learners who need your special kind of help. Behind this attractive ”lobby, you also have a store where learners can buy learning products from you whenever and wherever they need them. You also have a robust registration and management system where individuals can register to meet with you live or online, to get any personal help they need. Then, in the ”backroom, you have a specially equipped lab with high quality production tools you can use to wrap up lessons, coaching routines, and informational presentations you–ve already created into beautiful packages that can be delivered automatically, whenever and wherever learners need them. Across the globe. If this sounds like utopia, it–s not. It–s real and it–s available now to pioneers who are ready to try a whole new way of teaching and learning with people directly. Outside conventional classrooms. Whenever and wherever learners Page 33 … 2007 Meri Aaron Walker mawstoolbox@gmail.com | www.mawstoolbox.com - All Rights Reserved


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need you. The possibilities are truly exciting! Many professional associations representing specialists in various knowledge streams have already partnered with We are Teachers to providing access to We Are Teachers– services to their members. More are becoming partners every week. Find out more about We Are Teacher here.

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A Final Word So, there you have it! I–ve given you a quick tour of 10 places ( 7 + 3 extras) you can start converting your expertise into cash online … today! This overview was designed to get you thinking seriously (and imagining wildly) about new ways you can create direct relationships with global learners who are already out there online looking for just the kind of help you already know how to give them. These sites make it incredibly simple for teachers, trainers, coaches and consultants to get into the new global knowledge marketplace and start making more money doing what you love most without much more work. I–m a big fan of simple technologies and systems that make it easy for people to teach and learn together. And all of these sites do just that. Although this has been a brief overview, I hope you have gleaned some valuable information and you are ready to start applying all this to generate a new, reliable source of cash for yourself and your family. Anybody can get started using these sites and I hope you will do so now!

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Want More? Who doesn–t? Just about everyone wants more time, more joy, and more money. I–ve taken the time to put this report together so that teachers, trainers, coaches and consultants … people who have a true passion for teaching and learning with others … can get yourselves more of all three. But this quick tour is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what–s going on out there in the new, global knowledge marketplace every day. Just the tip! MAWSTOOLBOX.COM I am so excited by all the innovation and creativity among Web2 toolmakers whose free … or very cheap … products and services can help teachers make exchanges with online learners that are more fun and more financially rewarding that I created a website to share all that I–m learning. It–s called MAW–S TOOLBOX (I–m MAW, don–t you know?) and you can find it here.

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MAW–S TOOLBOX is a place I–m using to stir up some new ideas and have some fun with teachers of all kinds. I–m blogging at MAW–S TOOLBOX and I–m also posting recommendations for some of the best free or very cheap Web2 tools I–m finding. Please check in regularly and see the best new tools I–ve discovered lately. Teaching For A Living.com In addition to MAW–S TOOLBOX, I am also hosting an internet radio program called ”Teaching For A Living, Not Just A Paycheck.… ”Teaching For A Living … is hosted twice a month by the We Are Teachers network and made available FREE to its members. Members can download the current program for FREE for 48 hours after the live show and access past programs for the nominal fee of $7 each for any shows they missed. If you sign up for a FREE membership in the We Are Teachers network, you can enjoy the same benefit. I encourage you to do so! On ”Teaching For A Living … I interview teachers, trainers, coaches and consultants who are already using simple Web2 tools to produce short, engaging learning products and services and selling them directly to online learners of all ages. All over the globe. Page 37 … 2007 Meri Aaron Walker mawstoolbox@gmail.com | www.mawstoolbox.com - All Rights Reserved


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I–ve also lined up some of the people who are making free or very cheap Web2 tools and I will be interviewing them about the smartest ways to use their products to turn all that hard work you–ve already done into new sources of cash for you. I invite you to join We Are Teachers and tune in to the live show or download past programs that you can play whenever and wherever you want “ like during your commute or when you–re exercising“ or wherever you make space to revive your joy about teaching and learning with others. Anywhere and anytime is the best place to learn these days. And there–s no reason why people who love teaching can–t be making a decent living doing it. So the questions I want to leave you with are these: How do you want to play this new game? What new role do you want to play in the global knowledge marketplace? And what kind of rewards do you want for playing it? I–ll see you out there on the field “ and look forward to playing with you!

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Earnings Disclaimer There is no promise or representation that you will make a certain amount of money, or any money, or not lose money, as a result of participating in any of the programs outlined in this report or using any of the recommended products and services. Any earnings, revenue, or income statements are strictly estimates. There is no guarantee that you will make these levels for yourself. As with any business, your results will vary and will be based on your personal abilities, experience, knowledge, capabilities, level of desire, and an infinite number of variables beyond our control, including variables we or you have not anticipated. There are no guarantees concerning the level of success you may experience. Each person's results will vary. There are unknown risks in any business, particularly with the Internet where advances and changes can happen quickly. The use of our information, products and services should be based on your own due diligence and you agree that we are not liable for your success or failure. Meri Aaron Walker, MAW S TOOBOX, 303 Luna Vista, Ashland, OR 97520

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