Statement of the Problem
Current statistics in the education marketplace show that a number of
shifts are occurring. The president's "No Child will be Left Behind" act
has demanded that schools raise their academic success rates, and lower the
measured illiteracy and drop out rates in schools by the year 2005.
Concurrently the thrust in the classroom is to integrate technology,
including networked computers, scanners, digital cameras in order to teach
student additional skills, over and above the traditional three "R's."
This is creating a demand on the educational system to recover from poor
performance, and increase the subject matter which is being taught at the
As a result, the teachers are being called upon to:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Change their teaching style, to integrate technology
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Change their teaching materials, to include new subject matter
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Radically alter their perception of the educational culture from that
of a dissemination of information to a learning
Teachers are already under-paid for their efforts, and often spend personalevening time doing school related work. In order to facilitate thesechanges, the teachers are facing an additional demand on their time forProfessional Teacher Development (PTD) which is typically held afterschool, in on off-site location. By their own experience, which is thebest teacher, the teachers will: a" Learn to use technology by hand on application a" The teacher will avoid the embarrassment of having to learn new teaching technology which other already have mastered. a" Financial analysis of project costs, including: o Research phase, including timeline, and staffing needs o Development phase, including timeline and staffing needs o Beta testing phase o Rollout plan, including marketing plan, sales staffing needs, advertising plans o Support and tech. Proposed ProjectMy company wishes to create an online learning PTD system. In addition, by utilizing an online learning system the teacher will bedrawn into a new learning culture. a" The teacher will be drawn into a collaborative environment with other teachers, and thereby experience the positive nature of a learning community. Plan needs to identify profitability over a 2, 5, and 10 year period. Someunderstand these subjects, and need help addressing the learning culture intheir classroom, and school. The results will be a positive gain for the education community,the educational standards of the overall community, and therefore a studentwhich is more highly educated. The teachers will be better equipped to teach theirstudents. a" Expected revenues based on Beta testing, pilot phase, and full rollout phase. It is our beliefthat by drawing the teacher into an online PTD system, many of theobstacles pressures which are currently defeating the standard PTD willbe defeated.