I often make presentations and want to share my resources with teachers. I tend to put a lot of speaker notes on my google slides and I wanted the participants to have access to them but I didn't want them edit my original document. In the past I just put a STOP slide first and gave instructions on how to make a copy so they didn't unintentionally write over the master document.
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On my radar this year is putting together work to sell in
teacher marketplaces. I tried it “back in the day” when Teachers Pay Teachers
were turning out millionaires like Deanna
In my exploratory phase (July 2012) I made an account and
put up eight items (five free items and three paid items) with the last thing posted
being (July 2014) – as you can see I haven’t really tackled it in a while (and
I will go into the reasons why). My total earnings for my three paid items have
been to date: $618.
Most of my items have to do with science notebooking in one
way or another.
I gave up, or put it on hold in 2014, for several reasons…I
was starting a second master’s program, I was raising a son, I switched jobs,
etc. The real reason I gave up is that it is HARD and TIME CONSUMING (two of my
least favorite adjectives).
The main reason why it is HARD and TIME CONSUMING is that
the work has to be original (or at least labeled for commercial reselling) –
from wording, to clipart, and fonts.
As a teacher I can honestly tell you that most of the
resources I use in my classroom has been pirated in one form or another. I take
an idea from Pinterest, I get cute fonts from different sites, I add pictures
to my presentations from google images…without a care or worry in the world! Now
I am trying to enter a world where I can make money from these things…but they
aren’t my things (so I could be sued…and I don’t want to be sued).
I managed to come up with three original ideas from
2012-2014 and putting those together took some time. When it came to deciding if
I wanted to spend my nights putting together things to sell or watching Dancing
with the Stars.
I have to say Dancing with the Stars won.
I’ve kept my “store” open on TpT and always had it in the
back of my mind to (when my life settled down) give it another go.
Well this year I am giving it another go. This is in large
part to becoming a ClassFlow Ambassador. ClassFlow has opened up a Teacher Marketplace
and part of my Ambassador requirements is to post two items in the marketplace
each month (either paid or free). I don’t mind the obligation because it is “forcing”
me to do something I have wanted to get back into and it is helping me really
get to know the ClassFlow software. Although not as established as TpT, I feel their
Marketplace has potential (because this month the Promethean Planet websitemerges with the ClassFlow website directing thousands of new users to the
Marketplace). I also really like having a deadline (two products a month…it is
a lot more specific then “I want to sell stuff”).
So now I am back to my original problem of creating work
using resources labeled for commercial reuse. I started doing some research on
how other sellers go about finding their resources. I started at the top with advice
Jump. I found the advice too generic. I need SPECIFICS. Luckily I came
post which had some really good practical advice, which I used in my first
product – Site
Word Bingo Cards. I used font from a seller she suggested and I used images
from https://pixabay.com/ (which someone in a chat room suggested). I modified that first
product and made a second completely digital product – Site
My big AHA moment, as I put together these two products, is
that I am not graphically creative (I actually knew that but this was more of a
harsh reminder). If you are one of these graphically challenged people you can
do what I did…look at graphic design elements from other sellers. You can’t
outright copy but I found I liked a color blocking idea in one and the use of
circles and the placement of words in another. I sort of combined those into a
something that looked somewhat creative.
Bottom line my advice in the art and craft of selling in a
teacher marketplace is:
1.Know how to get items that you can reuse
2.Tweak graphic design elements if you aren’t
I started this blog many years ago as a classroom science teacher with the express purpose of sharing notebooking ideas with other educators. I have since moved into a technology coach position within our district so this site has morphed into a general teaching blog. Basically anything that I see or do in schools that I think is pretty cool gets highlighted here. If you are visiting to find notebooking information please look at my earlier posts. I have tried to label all my posts so information is easier to find...so, when in doubt look at the labels. As always, if you have any question please feel free to email me and I will do my best to help!