14 Sep 2015

Startup profile: Lessonate

By Jessica

In the run up to BGV Demo Day on Wednesday we’re profiling the 10 startups on our summer accelerator programme. In today’s instalment David Bower tells us about Lessonate. 

What’s the big problem you’re trying to solve?

Teachers use a wide variety of activities and tools in their lesson planning, but locating high quality lesson resources is at best a very manual, time consuming process.  All too often, teachers end up having to reinvent the wheel, simply because it was not possible to locate a really great resource, buried at the end of a web page somewhere. This is particularly the case for new curriculum areas, such as primary computing.

What’s your solution?

Lessonate is an online service for teaching materials that will encourage teachers to improve and share lesson plans. Focusing first on the primary computing curriculum, teachers will use Lessonate to search for the best lesson resources, tailor these for their classroom requirements, and, crucially, provide feedback and suggest improvements to help the wider teacher community. This feedback loop will create evolving resources, helping teachers grow in confidence with new curriculum areas, new resources and equipment and new teaching methods.

What’s your experience with that problem?

I have worked within the education sphere for some fantastic organisations including Code Club, STEMNET, CoderDojo, Technology Will Save Us, regional Raspberry Pi Jams and the Royal Opera House Bridge.  Within those roles and others, I have run coding clubs and workshops, and delivered many sessions to children both in class and in after school clubs at schools and libraries.

How will this impact the lives of millions?

A key part of a child’s successful education is their engagement with a subject – we all know that we learn so much more effectively if we are learning something we want to learn!  As the recent CBI / Pearson report “Inspiring Growth” showed, many primary students’ have already “switched off” from science by the time they leave primary school, impacting their education choices at GCSE and A-Level and of course job opportunities.

We want to help teachers engage at a very high level on all subjects and at all levels – helping them to create better, more interesting lessons in a more efficient way.  Our research shows that the solution we’re developing is effective in other subjects and other age groups, both in the UK and abroad.

website: www.lessonate.co.uk
twitter: @LessonateOnline
facebook: Lessonate
email:  david@lessonate.co.uk

 

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