Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Schooling sharing

Their students use the "sharing economy" to buy term papers, so why shouldn't teachers use it to buy lesson plans and assignments?
Teachers often spend hours preparing classroom lesson plans to reinforce the material students are required to learn, and many share their best materials with colleagues. Founded in 2006, TeachersPayTeachers speeds up this lesson-plan prep work by monetizing exchanges between teachers and enabling them to make faster connections with farther-flung colleagues.
As some on the site develop sizable and devoted audiences, TeachersPayTeachers.com is fostering the growth of a hybrid profession: teacher-entrepreneur. The phenomenon has even spawned its own neologism: teacherpreneur.
To date, Teacher Synergy, the company behind the site, has paid about $175 million to its teacher-authors, says Adam Freed, the company’s chief executive. The site takes a 15 percent commission on most sales.
A true "sharing economy" would involve a network of people sharing their ideas, what people used to do with colleagues. This site is an example of teachers serving as content providers channeling money to the site owners. 15%? Really?

What's next in the educational "sharing economy"---a marketplace for grading assignments?

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