We have developed a method of
making educational films that is extremely engaging, cost effective and
thorough. Many people believe that the making of educational computer
teaching tools has already been well covered. We disagree.
We investigated the market
of audio-video computer teaching aids and found it wanting. One
well-known company that has advertised widely on television, offers to give
away a free sample. We ordered the sample twice, and paid for the
shipping costs. After three months we have not received the product.
Furthermore, the format is a CD that must be placed into a computer.
Many people are reluctant to do anything with their computer in the first
Microsoft Word is arguably
the most commonly used computer program. The CD that is offered on
this program consists of an hour of lessons. It is impossible to learn
Microsoft Word in an hour. We would conclude that the coverage of the
subject must be extremely superficial.
The product is expensive.
It has to be in order to pay for the television advertising. We think
that the product should be so enjoyable to use that expensive advertising is
product that we are producing is a movie. There are no exercises.
All you have to do is to watch the DVD at home. The format consists of
a dialogue between a teacher and a student. The teacher would be a
professional carefully selected to be both an expert on the subject and
gifted with charisma and the ability to explain the subject clearly.
The student would be an actor who would also act as the host.
The conversation would be
unscripted and there would be no special effects except in the logo
introduction. The view would shift between two camera shots of the
people and the computer screen.
DVD's can be reproduced in
large quantity for about a dollar and can be mailed in a thin, unprotected
envelope. The target audience would be anyone who is interested in
learning, and homeschoolers in particular.
The first series would be on
computer subjects because this appears to be the greatest need. This
would include Windows, troubleshooting, and the Microsoft Office suite.
The next phase would cover a wide variety of subjects suited primarily for
homeschoolers. Finally, we would develop a free, online university
that would include a medical and law school. There will be a program
that shows how to make and distribute educational videos without a large
The project would prove that
education can be inexpensive, enjoyable, and thorough. The student can
be in charge of his or her own curriculum, with plenty of time left over for
family and social life.