EduCrate is a media curation tool for teachers to create, share, and explore collections (“crates”) of educational videos from multiple sources, so that teachers can spend less time searching, and more time teaching.
Teaching is one of the most demanding professions in the 21st century. When the bell rings in the late afternoon, teachers continue their day with tutorials, extracurriculars, and parent phone calls. Then, as the sun goes down and other professionals hit the gym or happy hour, teachers begin the second part of their work day: planning and grading. A typical work day can easily exceed twelve hours, and weekends are often devoted to more of the same.
One of the most difficult (or exciting, according to this former teacher!) parts of the planning process is grappling with how to make a lesson engaging to a room of young digitally-fluent young people with diverse backgrounds, interests, and learning needs. And we often turn to video for the answer.
The web is a wonderful resource for educational videos. But finding the best ones can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. We built EduCrate to help teachers cut through the noise, save time and ensure the best educational videos rise to the top through the collective conduit of curation. Everything on EduCrate has been curated by other teachers, so you can rest assured the content you see comes from a fellow educator, not an algorithm.
Not only is teaching one of the most demanding professions around, it’s also one of the most important professions to building an empowered society. EduCrate hopes to do our part in supporting educators by saving them time and equipping them with the best digital media the web has to offer, ultimately helping students feel engaged and inspired about their learning outcomes.