“I think it’s really important to test changes and to iterate before rolling them out in a high-stakes environment. One of the benefits of technology...is that we’ve been able to create this fast iteration which reduces risk and creates better results. If Outschool can be a tool to enable that faster iteration for schools, we’d be absolutely delighted to talk with them about that.” - Amir Nathoo

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Summary

Outschool is a community marketplace of live online classes for K-12. Today, we have the great pleasure of hearing from Amir Nathoo - one of the founding partners of Outschool. As an innovative learning platform that is social, interactive, and online, Outschool is uniquely positioned to meet the exploding need for learner-directed education. In fact, Outschool has currently reached nearly 40,000 families and 57,000 learners with 10,000 classes.

The endless possibilities for new partnerships in education between schools and online platforms are only starting to emerge, and Amir shares with us some of the intriguing cooperative pathways that glisten on the horizon. Schools that are looking for ways to tighten up, freshen up, and liven up their offering will benefit from hearing the discussion with Amir.

Listen and consider how Outschool might interface with your programs and curriculum - without ever leaving the comfort of the classroom.

Quotes:

02:00 “The quality of the first class experience that you have on Outschool is really, really important to us and is where we are focused in our current product cycle. With a new type of learning interaction, it’s really important that your first experience is good - and then, that drives growth with referrals.”

08:30 “The decision to enroll in a class is a shared decision between the parent and the learner.”  

13:50 “Every kid is different, and they change with time. What that means is that it’s not possible with a single mode of education to satisfy all of any one kid’s needs or every kid. A network of services needs to exist in order to make the system more personalized, meet kids’ needs, and inspire them.”

18:50 “Part of the value of the interactive format is this idea that - there’s no single best math teacher in the world. If there were, we would just record them and broadcast them to everyone. Great teachers can come from a variety of different backgrounds and come in with a variety of different goals.”

26:38 “I think it’s really important to test changes and to iterate before rolling them out in a high-stakes environment. One of the benefits of technology...is that we’ve been able to create this fast iteration which reduces risk and creates better results. If Outschool can be a tool to enable that faster iteration for schools, we’d be absolutely delighted to talk with them about that.”

31:20 “We do believe that there’s a need and an opportunity to reinvent learning experiences outside of school. So much pressure is put on teachers and schools, and it’s unrealistic.”

Here are some resources mentioned in our discussion:

Amy Anderson at ReSchool Colorado - reschoolcolorado.org

Transcend - www.transcendeducation.org

Where to learn more about the guest:

Amir at Linkedin - linkedin.com/in/amirnathoo

Amir at Outschool - outschool.com

amir@outschool.com

Amir’s Blog - amir.io

Amir on Twitter - amirnathoo

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