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Online-first school curriculum

Lectures, materials are available online for kids to experience before class. Classes being a place where they can be social and interact.

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What problem does your innovation solve?

The concept of a school curriculum is outdated, with so much information out there it make little sense to focus a child curiosity down a very specific path. That being said the stewardship of teachers is invaluable. This solves two problems: firstly it allows for a consistent base of knowledge to be disseminated to the kids, regardless of whether they can come to class or not. Secondly it allows for better service regeneration with teachers from other areas, in case of emergencies.

Explain your innovation.

The innovation is not in the placement of the curriculum online. It's in the syndication of the teachers designated to specific areas, which allows for easy migration with little disruption. Also the curriculum could be open sourced online an vetted by seasoned curriculum organisers, thus cutting down the initial costs of creating the curriculum. The whole endeavour becomes a developmental opportunity both for the content creators and the teachers. It's a cause worth fighting for and not just a job.

Who benefits?

Kids benefit from the ability to access the lecture content anywhere and anytime. Teachers are free to spend their time interacting with children instead of building a curriculum. They spend less time on lecture and the session become Q&A workshops and thus can spend more time running developmental exercises with the kids: teamwork, creativity, collaboration. The curriculum is vetted at high-level but is ultimately crowd-sourced reducing costs significantly whilst also transforming the material into something more current and down-to-earth.

How is your innovation unique?

The things that makes this stand out is the idea of a teacher as someone who runs a workshop and mentors kids. They should no longer be responsible for playing-back information. A lot of companies move to online education, but the reality is that hybrid model works best. The content should be available online and the physical sessions should be highly engaging.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

Will there be enough creators to build the curriculum. Will teachers see the change in their job as a positive or a negative. Will the kids get the same amount of value from watching lectures online. Will the kids struggle with attention span whilst watching these videos. Should we include the parents in this lecture-watching activity.

Tell us more about you.

I'm Alan and I'm a Product Manager from Manchester. I'm working on my own but will leverage some help from some friends (designers, developers, and marketing experts). My background involves working within creative agencies as a product manager, launching a number of large scale applications in travel, ecommerce, mobile, and news. For the past year and half I've been working for a private university building their internal content-delivery platform and I'm inspired by a lot of our successes.

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Natural disaster
  • Armed conflict
  • Prolonged displacement
  • Extreme drought

Emergency Setting - Elaborate

The distributed nature of the service allows for easy descontruction and reassembly. Meaning that soon after the initial trauma from the emergency has passed the kids can resume the service in a different location without much disruptions. Its possible even that kids might use the educational content as a way to cope with the trauma.

Where will your innovation be implemented?

The idea is location independent and can be modified to allows for different teacher syndication in place where teaching personal is scarce.

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

In-country Networks

Experience working for a local private university solving similar problems for paying students. Ties with an eco-driven educational charity Eden Project.

Sector Expertise

  • I've worked in a sector related to my innovation for more than a year.

Sector Expertise - Elaborate

Experience in planning and building distributed learning environments at scale. The innovation would be implement in an open-source fashion my a committee and community / government input - in partnership with educational charities.

Innovation Maturity

  • Early Stage Innovation: I am exploring my innovation, refining, researching, and gathering inspiration.

Organization Status

  • We don't intend to register / don't need to in order to implement our innovation successfully.

Organization Location

Manchester, UK



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