Interesting concept. I could see the potential for projecting a class for those who are out sick using tech like this. I could also see you starting a whole cottage industry for the home school crowd by having specialists give weekly classes that the home school parents could tap into for the High School level science and math programs.
Thanks David, you're correct in that home schooling community could use this for specialist classes, and to generally cut down the trips to meet in person.
We left this platform (intentionally or rather for lack of specific knowledge of educational philosophy) open to our user's interpretation. I am sure interesting uses will emerge, our intent is to observe and try to improve as we go along to make the platform more useful.
Our main premise is that learning is a social act and that one learns better when interacting with other humans. There are fantastic online resources for learning but most of them revolve around interaction with computer and pre-recorded content. We believe that live human interaction needs to be incorporated in the process.
Pretty interesting. I like it and the layout is simple which is helpful. Do you have a monetary offering with any of these classes or is it so far collaborative free to learn and teach? Is this your day job?
Thanks Scott, will enable the payment system shorty with intent to let teacher / instructor / organizer decide if and how much they would charge for the class. This still allows for free classes and ability to have work sessions, promotional classes, ...
We're also assuming that the group setting would benefit both the teacher and the students (if the teacher decides to charge the class) : the teacher could charge a higher rate than for an 1-on-1 instruction and the group participants would pay less than for 1-on-1 instructions.
My name is John Bouchard. I work in a credit recovery program with at risk high school seniors. We just finished our year by assisting over 50 seniors to graduation. Additionally, more than 40 dropouts will have earned the GED.
Hello all. David Baylor here from Pewaukee Wisconsin (Milwaukee suburb). Just started teaching as a second career at the age of 44. Been in the IT business for the last 17 years and hope to marry the two together.
Hey David, sounds great! What are you teaching and where?
Dont know yet. Just finished my Student Teaching 18 week gig 3 weeks ago. I am being interviewed at that same school (Catholic Memorial High School) to teach AP Gov and IB Geography.
2nd career for me too. Was in manufacturing for 20 years--ivy league mba--and decided on career change at age 47. MAT in 2000. 1st job was on a reservation in Oregon. Initially, I thought I would go the AP route, but quickly realized that the AP kids are self directed and would survive without me. The low SES kids so rarely see talent of any kind that they respond quickly to the most basic intervention and instruction. If you want to be an agent for social change forget the AP / IB track--there are plenty teachers eager to take that route. More concretely, for me it's far more satisfying to successfully run a real, year-long MS Office application class culminating with ACCESS for kids with no prospects except what I provide.
I did not "pick" this route. That is the only opening in the Social Sciences department. If I get it then when one of the other teachers quit/retire I can "pick" classes.
I'm currently in Dallas, TX and am a web marketing manager. I also teach adjunct for a college near Dallas in front-end web and graphics. I've recently created a guitar training curriculum for schools and teachers. If you want to check it out: http://www.igniteguitar.com
Hoping to continue to improve as a mentor of my students through interactive teaching. Also am a constant learner and would love collaboration for general tips to engage my students as well as back end web design ideas for continuing to improve myself and to eventually teach my students.
Hi all - I'm Nathan Davis, and I'm a grad student from McEwen, TN working toward my license in 7-12 Math.