It was an interesting weekend here at Zane Education. I got involved in an online conversation with one of our Twitter followers that has led to an idea that we might be able to develop to improve the service we provide the Homeschool community that is so close to our hearts.
It had never really occurred to me before just how many homeschooling mums and dads out there might be preparing their own lesson plans out there. And if that is the case, I have to ask, “How many times would that lesson plan be used by that one family and then seldom used again?”
While many of those “lesson plans” might only consist of a few lines scribbled out on a piece of paper, I have to wonder if there might be others that are preparing a lesson plan that could be used by other homeschooling families.
The lady I spoke to on the weekend was writing a lesson plan that included the use of our Beethoven video, and whereas we would dearly love as homeschoolers ourselves to have the time to sit down and write a lesson plan for each of our 1,000 plus videos, the fact is we simply do not have the time available at the moment with other work we are doing to improve the website.
So if there are homeschooling mums and dads that are preparing their own lesson plans, maybe everyone would benefit if we created an online library where those mums and dads could upload the lesson plans, and in return they would be able to freely download the lesson plans that other homeschooling folks had prepared.
Here at Zane Education we would be prepared to build that online “lesson plan library” service into our website and maintain it as a free service if there was enough support and demand for us to do so.
In fact not only would we be prepared to make that service available at no cost, we would be prepared to go one step further by providing an incentive to each family that wanted to provide a lesson plan that included the use of one or more of our video’s by providing a free subscription to them.
There are many that believe that the coming of online video has the power to change the face of homeschooling, making it significantly easier and more effective to become involved in. If the idea of a free “homeschool lesson plan library“, where homeschoolers can upload and download lesson plans at no cost is feasible, then surely aren’t we really helping each other and at the same time helping ourselves.
And if Zane was prepared to offer a month free subscription for each lesson plan using one of our videos, then it would enable those of you that have the basic writing talents, to use our online video subscription service absolutely free.
Hmmm, interesting idea!!!?! So how many of you think this could work? How many of you think that you would like to take part and be involved? Is this a feasible idea? If enough of you take the time to come and comment here and indicate your level of interest, we will immediately do something about it.