I haven't had the chance to use this blog here, so here goes. I'm not a certified teacher, but I do really enjoy working in education. So for anyone interested, this is going to be an account of working in the education field from a private/entrepreneurial perspective.


I've worked for a private ed tech company (GlobalClassroom.us) for the past few years and have gotten (and am still getting) great experience working/supporting/helping teachers use Moodle and other technologies in the classroom.

One of the best lessons I've learned is that teachers have zero time to waste on learning new tech (which is too bad because playing with a diverse set of technology daily is how new ideas are born and new products are developed).

Anyways, my experience with Moodle has left me thinking that there must be a better, easier way to manage an online classroom. After seeing how incredibly useful the "social stream" (found in both twitter and facebook) can be we decided to try to replicate that for education. So, it's pretty exciting to start working on Coursefeeds.com, which we hope to provide free to educators.

Contact me if you're interested, we're currently looking for beta testers. http://coursefeeds.com.

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Tags: education, entrepreneurship, private

Comment by Sally Irons on December 11, 2009 at 8:02pm
Please sign me up!!! I would love to help you beta test your project.
I am a huge technology geek and am always looking for new ways to incorporate/integrate it into the classroom.

Sally Irons
Niles, Michigan
Comment by Joseph Thibault on December 11, 2009 at 9:17pm
I would be happy to. Thanks for reading!
Comment by Joseph Thibault on December 11, 2009 at 10:34pm
We're still discussing that. The only thing I guarantee right now is that there will be a fully functional level that's free and that we're aiming to make it self-sufficient as soon as possible. We have enough money saved up to take us through 2010 with good bandwidth and server power so making is sustainable is job number 2 (job number 1 is making it AWESOME).
Comment by Joseph Thibault on December 12, 2009 at 8:38am
I definitely will. One of the things that affects our thinking is that the software is all written in Ruby on Rails. It's not as friendly as PHP (which is what Moodle and Wordpress are written in), and would be a little bit harder to set up...but the benefits of having more developers and building a community are very attractive to us.

We're going to keep discussing it.


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