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Doug Nebeker ("Doug")
As someone who has struggled to learn a 'simple' language for more than 10 years, I'm often on the sniff for new methods or tools...
I recently heard about this:
Naturally I immediately started sniffing around for any kinds of template or software...
Seems there's nothing? In fact wiki says:
"TPR Storytelling is unusual in that it is a grassroots movement among language teachers. After being developed by Blaine Ray in the 1990s, the method has gained popular appeal with language teachers who claim that they can reach more students and get better results than they could with previous methods. However, so far it has seen little support from publishers or academic institutions. Teachers have instead published their own materials and teaching manuals, and training in TPR Storytelling is generally offered at workshops by existing TPRS teachers rather than at teacher training college."
I'm a sales guy, not a coder, but to me that's a 'ka-ching!' moment?
If people are making their own materials, what software are they using?
Wouldn't it be great if there were a solution specifically for producing such materials?
Just throwing it out there, if anyone feels it's worth chasing up.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
If I were good at throwing things up I would, but I know I'd obsess over it and take a few weeks... :)
As a general rule I would advise people to shy away from "great ideas" and I make rude snorting noises at the idea of "build it and they will come..."
But when you have teachers unable to find materials and so making their own, that has "unmet demand" written all over it.
Was it Andy that created something for teachers, and did pretty well at it?
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Patrick McKenzie's first solo biz was mostly marketed towards teachers (bingo cards), and he did pretty well. You can read all about his journey on his blog.
Teachers have a really hard job. If you can make software to help them prepare class materials, they will happily pay you for it.
If you can, get in touch with some and talk to them. Try to understand their needs and pains.
Having a website that outlines what a potential product would do, with a signup form, is pretty quick to do. Don't worry about flashy design yet. Just start collecting emails and start talking to people.
You won't know if you don't try. :)
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