As crowdsourcing has become a solution for institutions across industries, tapping into the power of the masses, confusingly education has yet to embrace this model.
While collaboration is being worked into standards and encouraged in the classroom, teachers are still often performing a majority of their planning in isolation. With the burdensome load of preparing the next day’s curriculum not getting any easier, it makes little sense that teachers are creating lessons that have already been taught before. Why plan another lesson on the Civil War when there is excellent material already out there?
With the transition to the Common Core sweeping the country, this is a period when teachers must stand united in exchanging best practices and methods that work. With the content landscape so fragmented, teachers are at a loss for how to plan and what will drive student performance. The historical tradition of textbooks has been grandfathered into the 21st century, and it’s been problematic. The U.S. spends nearly $9 billion each year on textbooks that are obsolete the moment they’re purchased. This type of content is not only static in terms of how it’s consumed, but also fails to diversify in meeting the learning needs of many.