Since school closures began a month ago, we have seen unprecedented disruptions to “normal” life for kids. Children across the country are experiencing the loss of time with their teachers and friends during the day, alongside the loss of the ability to participate in after-school / weekend activities - typically places for critical connections, exploration, creativity, collaboration and self esteem. This loss is an acute one - for families and for the organizations who serve them.
Theater programs, camps, museums, and after-school programs are largely founded on a place-based model that has been disrupted by the coronavirus. With families across the globe unable to go out, explore, learn and be inspired, we realized that it is time to get creative and bring the world to them.
We are excited to announce that Outschool can now support organizations who want to bring classes and programming to learners all over the globe through live Zoom classes.
While Outschool was originally designed as a marketplace for teachers, we have updated the platform to meet the needs of organizations and local businesses .
What does this mean for Organizations?
Being an organization on Outschool provides you with an easy-to-use and safe platform to deliver your content virtually. It enables you to support your current audience, while also accessing new learners. You will move from being able to support students and families in your community to supporting them all over the world.
Organizations on Outschool each get their own homepage to list their classes, can be found via search and discovery, and are featured on our blog and in weekly email digests and on Facebook.
As an organization, you have control over the topics you teach, the schedule, the number of learners in each class, and the pricing for your classes.
What does this mean for Families and Learners?
As an Outschool family, you have access to classes taught by incredible organizations across the world - bringing high quality programming into your home. We are excited to announce the first set of amazing organizations, across a variety of subject areas, to provide classes on Outschool. Click below to sign up for some incredible classes!
Bay Area Children's Theatre: Bay Area Children’s Theatre, the premiere theatre company for young audiences in California, serves more than 175,000 children and adults each year with professional productions inspired by children’s literature, an award-winning theatre education program, and outreach to schools in underserved communities. The company has built a national reputation as a creative force by bringing imaginative live theatre to audiences in Berkeley, San Francisco and Sunnyvale, sending original musicals on tour to theatres throughout the U.S.A. and Canada, and offering enriching theatre education to individual students and school groups in more than 10 Bay Area communities.
Pretzel Kids Yoga: Pretzel Kids® is quickly becoming the premier children's yoga brand in the burgeoning mindfulness and yoga space. Started by the owner of a successful Boston yoga studio, Pretzel Kids® brings curriculum-based kids yoga classes to families nationwide, and delivers an online teacher training and subscription membership that empowers parents and educators to run successful classes in their communities.
Connected Camps: Connected Camps is a nonprofit organization that taps the power of youth tech experts to mentor and teach kids to build, code, play, and learn from one another. It offers over 50 courses, camps, and clubs on Outschool ranging from making YouTube videos and Roblox games, getting better in esports, and survival, coding, and Roman History in Minecraft.
Young Art: Young Art has big dreams to bring the love of art to children. They believe that each lesson taught locally today brings them one step closer to fulfilling their mission of art education for children everywhere.
Their instructors hold bachelor's degrees and professional training in animation, illustration, studio art, design and caricature. Through step-by-step instruction and an easy-to follow format, teachers guide students through the techniques and processes of learning sketching, cartooning, painting, animal drawing, landscape composition, and clay sculpture.
IdeaLabs: IDEA Lab Kids inquiry-based S.T.E.A.M learning that merges the principals of STEM Learning with Creativity to build critical-thinking skills through hands-on FUN preschool enrichment, after school classes, camps, birthday experience, and workshops. The IDEA Lab Innovative Curriculum ranges from 3D Printing, Augmented Reality, Coding, Science Investigation, Arts, Robotics and Language Arts. Programs promote Multiple Intelligence and Social-Emotional Approach to learning, Connections to real-world problems, Problem-solving skills, Innovative STEAM approach to learning, Integration of international teaching methods and Hands-on Interactive programs
Academic Approach: Academic Approach is a leader in test prep and academic tutoring, offering high-impact, research-based learning solutions that have been proven to raise scores and improve academic and critical thinking skills. Since 2001, Academic Approach has helped thousands of students succeed both on and beyond standardized testing, preparing them for success in high school, college, and beyond. Offerings include ACT and SAT test prep courses, high school entrance exam test prep courses, math enrichment programs, and a social-emotional learning course, through our partnership with University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute, on resilience during challenging times.
Delaware STEAM Academy: Introduce your kids to awe-inspiring technology rapidly emerging in today's world with Delaware STEAM Academy. Their well-designed and fun STEM coding + AI projects are available for the first time at Outschool, with courses appropriate for students in grades K-12. These project-based AI courses cover both computer coding and hardware coding from Scratch, Micro.bit, Python, Raspberry Pi, Machine Learning, and big data to smart devices. AI is made understandable and fun!
Delaware STEAM Academy, a young energetic EdTech company, was founded with a mission to better prepare the young generation to face an increasingly challenging and complex society in the world of artificial intelligence, big data and IoT.
As a company dedicated to sparking a love of learning in students; we are thrilled to now be able to offer classes from organizations. Check out some of the amazing organizations above or click here to apply to join the platform!
Raddish Kids: Raddish Kids is on a mission to make learning delicious, to nurture kids’ confidence in the kitchen, and to inspire more meaningful mealtimes for families.
Raddish camps and cooking classes on Outschool are built on the foundation of their award-winning monthly cooking kits: to make learning to cook educational, delicious and fun. Taking risks, learning from mistakes, following directions, fostering creativity, curiosity, and resilience, becoming independent, trying new things: these are qualities we seek to develop in our children and there’s no better place to nurture them than the kitchen.
Raddish Kids has been featured in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and was recently recognized with a Parents Choice Gold Award – their highest honor.
Outschool is a marketplace of live online classes for kids ages 3-18. Classes meet in small groups over live video chat where students are safely connected with teachers and classmates who share their interests. These classes are offered through our marketplace and conducted on our remote learning platform, powered by Zoom.
Live online group classes are more engaging and valuable than passive online content through being social. At the same time, they have the benefits of online learning for access and convenience. Outschool’s team and community of teachers have more expertise in this type of learning than any other US-based organization having had 80K students attend more than 300K class hours.
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