TES Labs is a new platform that engages the most important people in education – teachers – to share their ideas and expertise with entrepreneurs. The result will be better products and services for the classroom. On the site, start-ups ask teachers from all over the world for feedback on their products, which are automatically matched up to registered teachers based on their profiles, through short weekly surveys. The start-ups will then be able to act on the advice they are given, while teachers will be entered into regular prize draws.
TES Labs Example: Propagate (www.mypropagate.com)
TES Labs is hosting Propagate, (www.mypropagate.com) a startup keen to hear from teachers about how it can better hone its products to suit their needs. The technology Propagate has developed allows teachers to set up word lists for pupils to memorize that are designed to be more intuitive than flash cards or normal workbooks. The system highlights specific words that a teacher wants students to learn as they read a piece of text online.
It can provide real-time explanations of what words mean, and sets quizzes to strengthen students’ understanding by placing words in context. Emily Schu, co-founder of Propagate, said the digital tool was currently at beta-testing stage, and she hoped that input from teachers on TES Labs would allow her team to better tailor the concept.
“Getting ongoing feedback from teachers will allow us to develop our product and tweak certain functionality,” Ms Schu said. “We can launch it, but then iterate it and customize it to help teachers get the most out of our product.”
Teachers, Please Try It Out!
Please visit www.tes.co.uk/labs and sign up, then give us feedback on this new platform! Tell us what you think about the site and the questionnaires in the comments section below!