My name’s Sophie and I launched The Edtech Podcast on April 29th 2016! Since then, I’ve been overwhelmed by your amazing feedback to the show, with people tuning in from over 100 countries worldwide. Now, I’m turning to you, the listeners, for a bit of help.
The mission of The Edtech Podcast is to improve the dialogue between ‘ed’ and ‘tech’ through storytelling for better innovation. We’ve had everyone on from The Global Teacher Prize Winner in Palestine, to the Director of Education at the OECD in Austria, to a Professor on Educational Value from MIT in the US, ex-Angry birds and award winning musicians, to Investors from GSV and Reach Capital, Students from the University Of Southampton, the Head of Innovation at the UNHCR and many many more.
So, why am I launching a Patreon?
Well, I quit my job to launch The Edtech Podcast.
I believe podcasts are an incredible medium to discuss and understand complex issues, the people involved in these issues and the nuances to creating change.
I also believe education innovation brings together some of the most passionate, and engaged people on the planet who seek out the ultimate goal of increasing access to education to more young people and adult learners. Being able to share these stories is a real privilege and it’s something I intend to do bigger and better in years 2,3,4 and beyond! If your tweets and emails are correct, it’s making a difference to how you go about your work as well. Whether that’s connecting a South Korean educator with a school in London, or sharing new ways that educator and edtech innovators can work together. It’s 100% free personal development and I want to keep it that way.
So what are some of my monthly costs?
Well aside from the usual kit costs, there are:
- Google Cloud services
- Website development, hosting & running
- Libsyn podcast hosting & editing costs
- Skype and Ecamm recorder
- Childcare & travel costs for additional recording days
- Workspace costs
- Kit replacement
So, why am I asking for help?
Well, whilst I’ve been lucky to have episodic sponsorship from the likes of Microsoft, Kano, ClearlySo and many more, I don’t have a regular salary income to cover my overheads. With your help I will be able to focus on making great content, by knowing some of my regular listeners are helping me cover costs and plan ahead! That’s why I’m launching a Patreon as part of our 1st year celebrations and after a year of recording, editing, publishing, and promoting The Edtech Podcast every week.
Let’s be clear – The Edtech Podcast will continue to be free – but this Patreon site will offer listeners a chance to make a voluntary regular contribution, from the cost of a cup of coffee upwards, to help keep The Edtech Podcast going. In return you’ll get massive public kudos in a variety of ways which you can see below.
Without you the listeners, The Edtech Podcast would be nothing. I’m using this video to say a massive thank you and high five, and if you like what you hear and can spare a few pounds or dollars to keep some independent sector thought sharing going please contribute what you can and share the message!
Thanks so much everyone! Bye Bye!
Ps. If you can't contribute, but want to help in other ways it would be awesome if you could a) leave a rating and review on your podcast player b) subscribe c) share the podcast with others you think would like it! xx