Startup Idea Business Opportunity 4

From what I see–and I may be wrong; I’m looking from the outside in–there’s an interesting opportunity for somebody who wants to train high school teachers how to incorporate new social media stuff–Facebook, wikis, collaborative tools, not to mention instant messenger and txt–into the normal relationship and work flow with students.

The teachers are way behind the students in this area. They need to catch up. That’s the need.

And who pays? Maybe the teachers, maybe the school districts. Maybe this will work.

That’s where the plan comes in. Come up with a valid business model, figure out how to deliver, to whom to sell, and make it happen.

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  • http://www.sevenfund.com/vine George for Seven Fund

    It may work. Social media is the next big thing, and teachers aren’t paid enough to learn about this kind of technology on their own time.

  • http://www.businessguideblog.com Andrew Richard Gale

    I disagree, with age the old teachers don’t know but as time progresses the new teachers will be more tech savvy and already are.

    out with the old in with the new.

  • http://www.frankfullard.com/wordpress Frank Fullard

    Its not just the teachers who are behind the students on this one. We all are. Its just a question of how far! The opportunity of which you write is bigger than you think.

  • http://www.jenniferrevoal.com Jenny

    I think the solution here is for teachers to ask for younger people to show them. I know it seems backwards asking the teacher to learn from the students, or thier kids but it an effective way to engage both parties. The University of Oregon has had a program in place for undergraduate college students to teach faculty how to use all kinds of technology in their classrooms to better engage their students. Several years ago it was called the FITT Center but the name may have changed.