EduFire is an online learning site where teachers can share their passion for the subjects they teach and students can explore new areas they want to learn about. Founded by Jon Bischke, the man behind 2000Tutor, Zaadz and LearnOutLoud, the site aims to form a worldwide community that is passionate about learning. It’s free to sign up as both a teacher and a student. As a teacher, you receive a profile page where you can highlight your qualifications and where others can see the classes you offer and the ratings you have had in the past.
Students can get started on the site by trying a free class – there are several available. With a reasonably fast internet connection, a webcam and Adobe Flash installed, you have all you need to start using EduFire. Online classrooms are equipped with a range of tools, including whiteboards, text chat, screen sharing, presentation tools and more. These make it easy to create a productive classroom environment online.
The great thing about EduFire for both teachers and students is that classes happen at a time that suits you, no matter where you are. You don’t have to drop everything to be in a classroom at a particular time. You can teach and learn from the comfort of your home. Classes vary in price, and EduFire takes 15% of anything a teacher makes. People who are interested in a wide range of of classes may find the monthly SuperPass a better way to sample the offerings, which cover languages, exam prep and a variety of other topics, including those related to business.
While it would be nice to see a full curriculum on offer, EduFire does a great job with the areas it covers. Members can contribuete suggestions through an ideas board and the forum, where suggestions that receive wide support stand the chance of being implemented when EduFire is upgraded. This online teaching and learning platform is easy to use and deserves its four star rating.
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February 14, 2011
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