I want to present an idea for a software which was designed by my dear friend Ren Rainier Robles and me during the class in Software Entwicklung in the faculty of Computer Science at the Freie Universität Berlin.
DIDAKTHEK is a host for curricula and other lesson materials. Our software is designed for teachers. Our functionality includes getting and giving files. We believe that our users can help to create and continuously improve them.
Our software allows teachers to reach a lot of materials, which are open to use, or even edit to suit their individual classes. The teacher can also share own materials.
Categorising the files is another useful functionality because it is a requirement to place it into the right position in existing and used framework curricula. User can use this and also the search-function while looking for new inspirations. Tags are relevant to associate topics and methods with my filename.( For example, if my lesson plan called “force” is using the method “think-pair-share” to motivate: I should assign the tag with the name of the method to the files)
We want to help improve the quality of the curricula, lesson plans, worksheets, electronic resources and even drafts for blackboards. We believe that this improve lessons and therefore improve the grades of students. The teachers have to be supported.
You can trust us! Our system is transparent and clear. If you upload the files on our website we allow every user to use it and you can use everything that’s in our database if you are a user.
But becoming a user can’t be for free and our plan is to have schools as a partner which sponsor access to their teachers, but we want also other sponsors like organizations, companies, people and all other investors who are interested in improving Education. This global mission funded by the private sector helps schools and give us the resources that we need for programming and establishing.
Our first reference: Dropbox allows to share all types of files, but it’s not designed to publish and it’s also not designed for teachers. Picture source
DIDAKTHEK is something new and we do expect “resistance to change” … in the beginning!
We are trying to achieve that the platform help reducing the very time consuming activity of creating the same things by different people again. While using existing and shared materials user can link references and invent something that is really new.
Github is used to share globally and allows to link to other user’s files, but it’s designed for software developer. Picture source
Nanos gigantum humeris insidentes
Standing on the shoulders of giantsBernard of Chartres
My personal background as a teacher is the reason why I’m already experienced situations where this software would be a great value and if somebody want to make this dream reality or has already seen something similar please tell me.