Practical training materials for developing schools, in a culturally-relevant format.
A practical alternative to textbooks and ebooks.
About the Project
In 2014, a college student named Travis Mitchell set out to deliver entrepreneurship training content to a Ugandan school. However, he found along the way that there was no ideal way to get the content to the students.
Textbooks were too expensive for schools to print, ship, and keep updated for every student. Ebooks were too impractical and expensive for each student to receive and maintain. And after lots of interviews and research, he discovered that many developing countries are more inclined for oral tradition than self-study.
So Travis worked with many people from different countries to develop a more practical framework for delivering textbook and teaching content in a culturally-relevant way to schools around the world. Shared became a place for educators to create, access, and share practical skills training in a format that truly serves.
How It Works
Shared is a desktop app where you can turn your textbook and teaching content into sharable presentations. Present them to your class, send them to your students via print/email/SMS, or submit it to our platform for other schools to use.
BROWSE: Download presentations created by other educators, schools, nonprofits, and more in our format. We designed it to display and print well in rural areas, also including group learning activities for every lesson.
CREATE: Use our custom Google Slides or PowerPoint template to turn your own textbook content into online and offline presentations.
PRESENT: Send your presentations to your students through SMS, email, or print. Even load the app on your school's computer lab.
SHARE: Submit your presentations and we'll make them available for other schools and students to browse on our platform.
Why the format works
Back to Show & Tell
Colonization has been part of many countries' histories, where other nations instilled a new education system that promotes rote memorization. Originally, these countries were built on visual and oral learning. Shared brings back the original show-and-tell teaching style for these cultures, which comes more easily for students while enabling long-term learning.
More Projectors in Schools
Twenty years ago, most schools in developing and rural areas in the world didn't have access to technology and the power grid like they do now. While more schools have computer labs, textbooks are still too expensive. As a result, many schools are equipping their classrooms with projectors to show textbook content to students, having them learn visually and copy down notes.
More Students Have Internet Access
Internet access for communities, schools, and individuals in rural regions of the world used to seem too expensive and very impractical. Then pay-as-you-go phones and internet cafes emerged as an affordable option. Now students have much easier access to email, text messaging, file hosting (like Google Drive), school computers, and more to receive educational content.
A Collectivistic Culture Still Prevails
In places throughout America and Europe, a individualistic culture among people and organizations creates an every-man-for-themselves attitude. Developing nations across Asia, South America, and Africa prioritize community. So schools are often much more willing to share their educational resources with other schools and receive materials from others as well.
Want Access to the platform?
We're gradually expanding with our private beta program, so your school could receive access soon. Send Travis a message at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
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