Imagine a worldwide community of students, connected through their goals for the future and empowered through their shared dreams.
Driven by tests and fear of failure, many students learn in an environment devoid of inspiration in today's schools. But The Dream Flag Project has been changing that, inspiring students with a powerful and simple, low-tech project for 13 years:
Write your dream, your hope. Put it on a standard-sized piece of cloth and use art. Connect it to a line with others. Put it out in public.
“The Dream Flag Project encourages children to take their dreams seriously — which is an essential motivating force for success in the adult world.” --Tony Wagner, Expert in Residence at Harvard University Innovation Lab
Now we’re poised to create an inspired global community of students taking action on their dreams, including millions in more diverse settings than ever -- with DreamLine.
Our Kickstarter Project
When you have a dream, and you say it out loud, that takes courage.
When you find out someone else shares it, that’s bigger.
It supports you → more courage.
Courage + support = inspired action.
Schools should prepare students to become part of a world they want to be part of. The Dream Flag Project helps students see what world that is. DreamLine will help make it their reality.
Our DreamLine Apps will boost the power of every Dream Flag, adding voice, place, and a virtual version that will span the planet, building community in a way that’s never been done.
"The Dream Flag Project engages and inspires students from around the world to imagine bright futures, connecting heads and hearts to tackle the problems that matter most."
-- Kathryn Fuller, former CEO of the World Wildlife Fund
Our vision is to deliver the following for FREE to every Dream Flag school in the world:
Smartphone-ready Dream Flags: making Dream Flags digital, vocal, and available anywhere in the world with a phone signal.
Communication among students with shared dreams around the world in a safe teacher-moderated setting, appropriate for every age.
- Widespread public displays of interactive Dream Flags, connecting voice to flags, teaching the public what our students really care about, and inviting support.
Our Kickstarter goal of $38,000 will fund creation of Phone-ready Dream Flags for teachers.
Teachers are the primary agents of The Dream Flag Project. Supporting them comes first to reach students and community.
Our “Stretch Goal” of $120,000 will bring all of it to life.
Back in 2003, when the US was on the brink of war with Iraq, I wanted to give my students a flag they could believe in — whatever they thought. Inspired by the poetry of Langston Hughes, the tradition of Nepalese prayer flags, and images from Sir Edmund Hillary and the People of Everest, my fellow teacher Sandy Crow and I started Dream Flags.
Since we started, more than 100,000 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade have created and connected their dreams by making a Dream Flag with others in their class, then displaying and celebrating them publically — in Rwanda, Alaska, Nepal, Florida, Pennsylvania — more than 42 states of the USA and 27 countries and in every imaginable setting.
"Each year that we participate in The Dream Flag Project, I watch the dreams of my students grow and evolve. Each year, students are eager to express their dreams and design their flags. Knowing that students across the United States and around the world are celebrating the poetry of Langston Hughes and creating Dream Flags and that we, living in a remote community in rural Alaska, are one small part of that is amazing. What better way is there to connect with others than through the sharing of poetry and dreams?"
-- Sherri Skelton, Teacher in White Mountain, Alaska
Over and over we’ve seen that it’s not just saying the dreams, it’s connecting them to others that has the power to inspire and to show students that their dreams matter to others. That’s why we want to create DreamLine.
On a daily basis, DreamLine can remind students what’s really important and what’s worth working for.
"The Dream Flag Project is giving voice to the dreams of students everywhere, and it has enormous potential to inspire and uplift young people across the country and around the world. It helps kids know who they are, and why they need to learn, not just what they need to learn. We all need to support this work. "
--David Isay, Founder of StoryCorps
What exactly will DreamLine do?
DreamLine Teacher App will allow:
- Full access to The Dream Flag Project resources and site through a smartphone.
- Photo and upload of individual Dream Flags to a school-specific online gallery that’s shared with others and is social media friendly.
- Phone recording and upload of student voice reading their Dream Flag.
- Site visitors to click and hear students read their Flag and to leave moderated comments.
- Teachers to print and attach a QR code to each Dream Flags so that visitors to any public exhibition and scan and hear the student’s voice with a smartphone.
- Teachers to message other teachers in the project to organize school-to-school collaborations.
DreamLine Student App will allow:
- Students and/or teachers to select a “Dream Tags” and an age range for each Dream Flag, instantly connecting them to others with like dreams around the world.
- Students to send and receive teacher-moderated messages about their shared dreams and progress toward realizing them.
- Students to add other student Flags to their virtual DreamLine Flags Collection.
- Teachers to control levels of moderation appropriate for different ages.
- Teachers to “open and close the gate” for student communication to create manageable interactions.
DreamLine Public App will allow visitors to public Dream Flag installations to:
- Click on a flag to hear the voice of the student reading it.
- Click on a flag to see a map of where in the world the school is.
- Send a teacher moderated message of encouragement to the student.
- Follow schools or areas to be notified when new Dream Flags are posted
- Receive “Flag of the Day” messages of inspiration from student Dream Flags around the world
- Send micro-contributions to support the school’s participation in The Dream Flag Project.
Can We Really Do This?
Yup. And the technology is out there and tested. Our teacher app will work with the same tech as pretty much any social media app — What’s App, Wee Chat (Asian), or the wildly popular Instagram or Facebook. We’re not building a mega-giant program like those folks, but the technology to upload and tag photos and audio files is tried and true.
Our student app will work off of the teacher app but will have the kind of moderation built in that a site like Kidblog already uses, and has for years.
Our public app will be as simple as the kind of magazine ad or poster that has a QR code on it. Each teacher will print out the codes for their class, attach them to the flags, and send them out into the world to become interactive exhibitions and installations.
Who Will Build It?
We’re working with a developer who’s been creating business sites and apps for longer than most of our students have been alive. Apps will be built for iOS and Android. A revised site will be built with Node.js. Mobile applications will be built with PhoneGap. The design capacity is for millions of users.
What's the Timeline?
If we reach our Kickstarter goal of $38,000 we will build and release a beta version of the DreamLine Teacher app by November 2016.
If we exceed that and get to our stretch goal of $120,000 we build and release our Student app by February 2017 and our Public app by April 2017.
About Cloud Cloth Education
Cloud Cloth Education is a Pennsylvania 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 2016 to support expansion and growth of The Dream Flag Project. The Dream Flag Project was founded in 2003 at The Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, Pennsylvania, an independent school for girls.
Cloud Cloth Education is launching the fundraising campaign to support the development of DreamLine so that students everywhere can benefit from the experience of bringing dreams back into the classroom for a better world.
Contributions to this Kickstarter will go to Cloud Cloth Education, and are fully tax deductible. You will receive a letter for tax purposes after July 10, 2016.
Risks and challenges
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