Speed, my friends, is what is driving the future of education. When you are dealing with the Internet, innovation happens at light speed.
As I see it there are two types of education companies. First, you have companies that are trying to cater to the current system. Pearson is a good example of these. They deal mostly at the school district level and above. They certainly never get down to the teacher level. By this I mean teachers don’t get a choice, they just get told to use something.
The second, and in my mind much more interesting type of company are those that are catering to teachers, parents and students directly. It’s a more disruptive model certainly and has the risk of incurring the wrath of the leviathan school system. 🙂 Even so, this is where the real transformative change will come from. For example there is a company called Educreations and they have a system where anyone can make lessons with a electronic whiteboard and other tools. This doesn’t require a IT department, instructional design department, programming skills or textbooks. It just requires a person who wants to teach, and students who want to learn. As I have said before, that’s all you need for learning to happen. (see The Empty School: A Thought Experiment)
Perhaps via social media students will start passing around these amateur lessons? Could that elevate the average person into a teaching superstar? It happened to Sal Khan.
- Educreations Grabs $2.2M From Accel, NewSchools To Turn Your iPad Into Your Classroom | TechCrunch
That’s where Educreations comes in. After graduating from Imagine K12′s education-specific startup accelerator, the company launched early this year to make it easy for teachers (and everyone else) to create, narrate and record video whiteboard tutorials on the Web and the iPad — and share them with the world.
Like ShowMe (and more generally, Udemy), Educreations focused on enabling teachers to use a simple, interactive whiteboard to create their own video lessons and hosts those lessons online (helpful for K-12 schools that block YouTube), where teachers can share them publicly or within a private group. Students and teachers can replay lessons in any web browser or from within its iPad app. With its mobile version, Educreations has attempted to distinguish itself from competitors by offering more features than the rest while maintaining simplicity of its interface and user experience.
Since launching six months ago, more than 50K teachers have created and shared lessons on Educreation’s platform, which is now being used in over 12,000 schools and in 117 countries.