An E-learning Marketplace for Independent Content Creators
When I first got an iPad and put a bunch of educational apps on it for my kids, I was both amazed and dismayed by the results. My four year old, then somewhat younger, would be engaged by material and learning things quite beyond what he'd otherwise be exposed to, but then my older kids would spend hours jabbing at the screen randomly to pop the right balloon pair fastest. That was when I figured there had to be better options. Rather than share the whole long story, I will simply wave my fingers and say 18 months later, I'm using Storyline to make apps for my kids that meet their curricular needs and interests and am planning to offer them to other parents or teachers to help them go mobile with their supplemental e-learning too.
But then I thought, if I have one little website in the vast ocean of Google, the odds of getting noticed are small and the costs of trying to do it are relatively high ... unless it wasn't just me. I've spent the last few months looking at options, considering implications, and telling my kids to turn the iPad volume down so Daddy could concentrate ... now that they are back in school, I can do more of the first two.
As I push forward from vague notion to "concrete" website, I'd appreciate any suggestions, discussions, go get them's, can I help's, and didn't you know about these sites's that this community might offer.
My specific interest is in creating a marketplace where e-learning creators can give away or sell their pre-K to 12 instruction and practice content organized by specific skill sets that target specific curricular areas (i.e. Common Core Kindergarten addition). The notion being that a parent or teacher could come and choose from a variety of stylistic options (sports vs. fairies vs. cowboys etc.) that would engage their child while meeting the child's targeted skill need.
While my vision and interest is specific to where my life is vis-a-vis my kids etc., I do also believe that similar marketplaces could be set up on a similar model to meet the educational needs of other communities. So, if this idea excites anybody else as much as it does me, I'd love to hear your thoughts.