accelerate 21st Century, project-based learning in schools.
“Teachers are busy people,” says Sergio Aguilar, CrowdSchool’s Chief Product Officer, who has spent 8 years in school as a teacher and Technology Director. “Our goal is design a platform that makes teachers’ jobs easier while delivering 21st Century, project-based learning opportunities for students everywhere.”
At the time, the future founders were running unconferences called Hack the Classroom to help teachers learn how to use technology in the classroom. “From talking with teachers, we discovered that far too many apps and tools were being designed to bring lectures, worksheets, and quizzes onto tablets. We knew that putting a quiz on an iPad wasn’t going to increase student engagement,” says, Peter Glenn, an MBA who left a venture backed startup in San Francisco to become CrowdSchool’s founding CEO. “So we started to explore using technology as a vehicle to deliver creative learning to classrooms.”
The team began prototyping their web-based project “Challenges” on Wordpress, and co-founder Tim Monreal began testing them in his middle school classroom. They were a smash hit. Students used iPads to make stop-motion animation about the evolution of animals, musical instruments to demonstrate the science of sound, and public service announcements about genocide prevention. Students loved using technology to make tangible projects and the kids could not stop asking for more project Challenges.
In July, the founders quit their day jobs to develop CrowdSchool full time. In just three months, the team expanded its platform prototype and piloted it with teachers and students in Los Angeles. Their crowdfunding campaign will enable them to hire the experienced programmers, designers, and educators they need to fully develop their platform and begin to #ReimagineSchool.
CrowdSchool is the world’s first online platform for crowdsourcing project based learning for K-12 classrooms. Founded by teachers, CrowdSchool’s mission is to be the planet’s most creative education company by building a community where teachers and students can discover the resources they need to put creative learning at the heart of school.
You can find CrowdSchool on Twitter (@CrowdSchool), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CrowdSchool), or on the web at http://CrowdSchool.co.