Ever feel a bit exasperated when you look at your son or daughter’s English homework, wishing you could do something to help? As a former elementary school and high school English teacher, I know this was a common issue for families, both in the lower grades and in high school. But you don’t have to feel helpless anymore! I have NEVER promoted a business or website on my blog-but I believe this will help students and parents so much that I had to tell you about it!
THAT is why I am over the moon to share with you a guest post from my friend and former colleague of many years! Brad Peterson was the head of the English Department at our National Blue Ribbon School and has incredible success in teaching students to write. Not only that, I love that Brad and his wonderful wife Christine have teamed up to put their God-given gifts and talents to work together. Parents and students, this post is for you!!! Below is an explanation of Brad’s website, Clickademics, featuring Essay Engine-read on and rest easy as you face essay writing in the future!
Here is a brief Biography of how Clickademics began and how it can help you:
For 14 years, Bradley taught 8th grade English at the same school as Amber. He was always trying new techniques and new technologies to engage his students and prepare them for high school. Once he started making videos of his lessons so his students could review at home, he was hooked and left the classroom to pursue it full time.
He created Clickademics and began creating high quality videos of teacher’s lessons and posting them online. Along the way, he taught himself all of the skills he needed from video production, web design, database engineering, and online marketing. When he started pitching his next big idea to schools and to investors, he found that he worked best when working with his wife, Christine. Her business and finance experience meshed perfectly with his education and technology skills.
While following the usual path of startup entrepreneurs, entering pitch competitions and meeting with angel investors, the Petersons realized that they could do expand their business independently. After a couple months of filming, editing, and coding, Clickademics launched Essay Engine.
Essay Engine helps students write essays when they need help the most: at home in the evening, often the night before the essay is due. In the classroom, Bradley saw how students were intimidated by an empty sheet of paper, not knowing how to start writing. Essay Engine simplifies the writing process into 22 small steps. At each step, the student watches a short instructional video and writes a 2-3 sentences. In the end, the program assembles the sentences into an organized essay, the kind of essay expected by teachers and standardized tests.
In the videos, Bradley covers brainstorming, thesis statements, body paragraphs, snappy introductory paragraphs, and, most importantly, editing. Essay Engine is a web app, so students can use any internet connected device: they can start writing an essay at school on an iPad, finish at home on a laptop, and even edit on a smart phone. When the student has finished, one click downloads the essay as a word processor document, ready to turn in to the teacher.
If your student could use help writing essays, try Essay Engine on their website: www.clickademics.com
Like them on Facebook; you will find a coupon code as well as tips for doing well in school: facebook.com/clickademics
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