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This is an evolving pearltree with no 'set' rules as to the paths of the pearls. (In fact, there's nothing cast in stone so if the team wants to change the focus or even the name in the future or anything in that regard - so be it.)

It's a learning experience in itself as we look at the opportunities for someone who might visit this pearltree to find the information they need in their life. It's also where the team members can add whatever they feel is of use to them, and whatever tangent or branch, or information they find that might relate in some manner to free education.

As to organization within the pearltree, and adding other pearltrees, pearls, content, suspect there are different ideas on that, and that's up to you.

We might find of course that some categories are in order, so add your touch to this pearl. I don't think there's a right or a wrong way to do this, but suspect that might be up for debate, and if there's a best practice that evolves or there is an etiquette here, you tell us, or better yet, join the team. Please!

I personally like a diversity of ideas and finding a pearl you post - such as those hidden 'pearls' of someone doing something interesting in learning and education somewhere in the world, be it educational material - such as free emergency services training video on medical triage over a mobile phone in a disaster in a third world country, to a total on-line degree for free, or unique ways of melding say - audio, video, text, multimedia, multi-lingual educational materials on any subject matter, to lists of resources, search engines for free education, and free education on unique topics, applications, age specific programs, or a story of a life changed by free education...and well - you get the idea.

You're the designer of this pearltree!

Team members - if you care to, it would be great if you would post a note here on your interests so in our travels, your other team members might find a pearl to post of interest for you that we might not have not pearled.

As well, if you are looking for something in particular at anytime or have a question, ask. No guarantees on answers, but based on some of the profiles and other pearls of team members, and the community, there's a great level of expertise and diversity of backgrounds here that may be able to help.

No question is a dumb question. We all have different levels or expertise.

Since we have folks from different areas and languages, no worries on grammar, spelling, but if you can explain your needs as best as you can, we understand and respect the fact that you may speak one language better than another and glad to have you.

Team members? Is the above information okay? Thoughts? Are there others you want to invite as team members? Have fun!


PS Just so you know - I may be online constantly and (unfortunately) disappear for a days, a week, etc. depending on work/obligations or miss a message accidentally so contact me again. (It appears that I can easily miss or mix up messages here, sorry!) Plus, I'm sure I'm not needed here with the other team member skills! peggymiles May 14

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cool. Looks like someone has done some pearl organization. THANK You! by peggymiles May 17

I posted a description of the Team Free Education. Team members - edit, append, adjust as you feel would benefit folks here. I also posted a message directly to team members that I didn't even know sub pearltrees existed or how to use them. Team members - have at it with the pearls and organization. I look to your expertise, and probably no right or wrong way, and if a team member is keeping pearls in a certain order and we move something, just let us know since this has got to be of use to you. And if anybody else has any ideas on paths to take, please team with us, or let us know, or if there's some other pearls out there we should add to the mix. Have Fun! Enjoy! by peggymiles May 17