Monday, October 27, 2014

CrowdSchool Seeks to Crowdsource PBL Units, Asks for a Start via Indie Go Go

CrowdSchool recently launched an IndieGoGo campaign to help scale its platform for teachers to create, share, and sell project-based Challenges. CrowdSchool seeks to make it easier for teachers to find and use project-based resources in the classroom.

All three Co-Founders have teaching experience, and Chief Learning Officer Tim Monreal still teaches middle school Social Studies. Pedagogy is at the heart of CrowdSchool and they are designing a platform that emphasizes 21st century skills like collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity.

With a successful IndieGoGo campaign, CrowdSchool will launch a marketplace where teachers can search for a variety of project-based Challenges. Teachers will then be able to use a CrowdSchool Challenge online with students in their class. They will crowdsource project-based Challenges from teachers. Once teachers create a Challenge they can decide to share it for free to other teachers or list a price of their choosing. Project-based learning takes a lot of preparation time and CrowdSchool wants to make the planning process easier for teachers.

Although CrowdSchool is using IndieGoGo to raise funds to launch a full marketplace, they are currently adding Challenges and resources for teachers to use immediately in the classroom. On Friday, they released the first public CrowdSchool Challenge: "Create a Campaign to Reduce Bullying in your School or Community."

To use the Bullying Prevention Challenge Sign up here. It's completely free and they will send you everything you need to start using your Challenge within 24 hours.

To learn more about CrowdSchool visit their website , check out their IndieGoGo campaign page, or take a couple of minutes to watch the inspiring video posted below
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Article provided by CrowdSchool's own Tim Monreal. Thanks Tim!
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