A direct exchange of course materials for teachers

I saw an ad for this site, TeachersPayTeachers.com – Helping Creative Minds Come Together, at the bottom of my daily Wordsmith mail today and clicked on it immediately. This site launched on April 2006 as a spot where educators can buy and sell original course materials. As of this morning they show 231 products available, but nothing is yet listed in the computer science category. Judging from the categories under University Discipline that is the most likely category for topics of interest to readers here, unless they intend to add more refined categories as they receive materials to sell.

I, for one, will keep an eye on this site and hope that promising materials that will help teachers with course work that teaches web design using standards and best practices begins to appear.

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8 thoughts on “A direct exchange of course materials for teachers”

  1. Unrelated to your posting, but commenting on your site is a bit of a bugger. Figuring out how to post took a few more seconds than it should have.

    Also unrelated, but what do you think of your .ws domain name? To me, that is way out in left field. What have others said to you about it? Anything?

  2. I’ll see if I can figure out a way to make commenting an easier process. Thanks for letting me know.

    I hate the .ws, but there are a number of other web teacher domains and this was the only one available. When I originially bought it several years ago ( when all the new domain categories were aproved) I had an idea that .ws would grow in popularity and not be so strange, but that hasn’t happened.

  3. The confusion about about posting comments is that there are 3-4 links right in a row. It isn’t clear what action is required to post. The links and text all blend together; one after another.

    On the topic of .ws, I can’t think of any other .ws site I’ve visited in the last 3-6 months. 😉

  4. Everything blends together? Oh, my gosh. I just ordered a slew of Browser Cam shots to see if I can spot what you mean.

    I’ve never seen another .ws site either. I’m very disappointed by that fact. It supposedly means “website” and since webteacher.com and webteacher.org and webteacher.net were already sold and I thought at the time that .ws would turn into a popular item, I went for webteacher.ws. Hindsight proves different, however. If I’d given up and chosen a name other than Web Teacher back then, I’d probably be better off today.

  5. John, I moved the comment link down to a new line. Does that make it any clearer or more obvious?

  6. I hope that eventually good teachers can be paid for what they create, it would certainly make doing a good job more lucrative, however, I’m not sure what I think about it. I do like the idea of being able to rate submitters.

  7. There’s a lot to be said for giving away and sharing your knowledge, but I also think there’s a place for quality work to earn some profit. Not everyone writes a book, which is the usual way of turning a profit from your ideas. I notice that O’Reilly Publishing is promoting e-books big time now, with lower prices and less content. However, there are organizations out there such as the Web Standards Project that are doing their best to promote good curriculum and good teaching practices with no financial gain in mind.

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