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teem connects teachers so they can share with and learn from their school and district colleagues. Teachers have no time in the day to collaborate. So we make it easy collaborate anytime, anywhere. The goal is to help make teaching a team sport :) Think about this. You're a 4th grade teacher in a school. There are other 4th grade teachers in your school and probably a bunch more in your district. They're teaching pretty much the same thing around the same time, but for the most part each one is working on their own! They have hardly any time (less than an hour a week, max) to meet within their own school and never have a chance to meet teachers from other schools. It's crazy. Studies show that most teachers stop improving after the first couple of years, so kids suffer. But studies also show that where schools focus on collaboration, schools improve! It all comes from learning from each other...
Let's think beyond the cliche of school house, red apple, owl, chalkboard, messaging speech bubbles, etc. unless you can make any of those into interesting and clever designs. Think about your favorite teachers. What would appeal to them? What did their classroom look like? What made them so good? If they were anything like mine, they had bright classrooms, were serious about their jobs but also playful and engaging. They were interesting people. I hope the teem homepage can represent that. Right now teachers have no time to meet and they rely on quick hallway conversations, emails, and text message. More often than not, they work in silos. Even though the 3rd grade teachers in a school and district are prob teaching the same thing at the same time! The idea for teem is to bring teachers closer together so they can share with and learn from each other. So thinking about illustrations that show how teachers are working together within a school and with neighboring schools. Something showing better communication and sharing of ideas. There's a notion of Professional Learning Communities/Professional Learning Networks in education - teachers getting together to share best practices and resources. Teem is the online PLC/PLN.
Homepage will need a place for sign in. Then was thinking a headline with an illustration as discussed above. Three key problem (btw, feel free to expand, rearrange if something seems more logical!)- Teachers don't get enough support and end up recreating the wheel Teem solves this through online collaboration - get support in grade level or subject teams (Professional Learning Communities/Networks), connect any group of teachers/educators around what matters to them, e.g. 4th grade teachers, H.S. Biology teachers, Elementary Principals, Parent Night Planning, Chromebook Support, etc. Each user would have their own set of "Topics". And they're not just connected with teachers in their own school but can connect with others across their district. A key word here is Expertise. Highlight the expertise in your own building and district. And stop hiring "experts" for a day. Instead focus on ongoing support and building teacher capacity. (Teacher capacity is a buzzword for quality. For more context, schools hire trainers that come, do a two hour workshop, the school pays a bunch of money for them and then no-one actually changes the way they teach because it was too much too fast and there is no ongoing support. Teem is about everyday teacher learning.) Cool illustration might be reinventing the wheel turning into a network... School communication is broken Teem replaces email and text messages and has great search to find that messages/link/file you're looking for. Its is about having everything in one place - conversation, files, links - and being able to go back and actually find what you're looking for... Nearly every educator I've talked to hates email. Spam, unnecessary replies all, non-conversational, difficult to organize... It takes 17 emails to coordinate an event date. Some resort to just texting each other when something's more urgent but it's a pain entering everyone's phone number into your contact list. And texting isn't great for sharing links and files, nor is it eminently searchable. It's tough to find that great parent letter someone sent a while back. Teem is one place for all of this! Cool illustration might focus on how painful email is, a message getting "lost in the mail". The Pony Express. A scroll/parchment with a seal. The idea is there current communication is antiquated and they already know it isn't working for them. There isn't time in the school day for teachers to collaborate. Teem makes it easy for teachers to collaborate even when they're not in the same room. Web, iOS, and Android means you can use it anytime, anywhere. Notifications make sure your message gets seen. This means you can connect with your colleagues while in the grocery store line or at home in your pajamas. I had a teacher tell me that with time so tight in the school day, her choice was a quick chat with a colleague or a bathroom break. Obviously when she needed to go, the chat didn't happen! Cool illustration might focus on a teacher using teem in her pajamas or something else related to how teem makes it easy to use on the go. Summary - essentially repeat the headline + teem is easy to use, anyone could use it. Cool illustration might show young and old dinosaurs using teem. (Idea is that even the less-tech savvy teachers who are typically older can use it too.) Get a Demo - email submission form ------ The illustration ideas above are all examples, but they're all ways to avoid showing UI and instead focusing on teachers and their problems. And they're fun! Feel free to be creative and try something else!
What to avoid
As mentioned above, I'm not looking for education cliches, e.g. owls and apples. It's also important to note that this isn't an app for students - just teachers and other school staff. I've received a number of submissions so far with a bunch of screenshots of teem. I'm glad you like them so much! But I think a great marketing page focuses less on the product and more on the customer and their needs/the problems they face. This is even more important for a new product (as far as education goes) like teem. Let's I have never heard of a refrigerator. And someone shows me a website about the refrigerator talking about how it stays at certain temperature and there's a temperature control and it's beautiful and makes a sound if you leave the door open, etc... It has all sorts of amazing pictures of the refrigerator on it. This would do very little to convince me to buy a refrigerator. The problem I have is that my food is going to waste, costing me money, and my kids are getting sick from food that's been sitting around with flies. What if someone rewrote that webpage and it talked about how a refrigerator keeps food fresh longer, which saves me money and time shopping. Plus it reduces bacteria so my kids don't get sick. I'd buy that in a heartbeat! We need to do the same thing to teem. The focus isn't that it's on mobile and has notifications and great search, but teachers don't have much time to meet in school, communication is a challenge, and it's hard to find the resources they need. Teem can help each of these issues... These are just a couple of examples (please don't copy verbatim - refer to the brief), but I hope they show how we can shift to the teacher/principal perspective.
We'll be launching in a few weeks - so your work will be up pretty soon! I have versions of the logo for different backgrounds as well (i.e. a white and black version).
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It all began with a design brief.
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