Have you checked out TeacherSherpa yet? I recently discovered a new online platform for teachers to find resources to use in their classrooms. These resources are created by teachers. You are able to download a limited number of premium resources each month with a free membership … or unlimited downloads for a low monthly fee. Danielle Rivera and Emmanuel Colliot are the co-founders of TeacherSherpa. I wanted to discover more about this exciting new platform …. so I asked them a number of questions. Check it out!
What is TeacherSherpa?
TeacherSherpa is the Netflix of teacher-created materials. It provides thousands of teacher-created materials for one low monthly subscription.
How did you come up with the idea for TeacherSherpa?
We noticed how complicated it was for teachers to find good materials and learned that they paid an average of $300 per year out of pocket to purchase these classroom resources. Teachers that create these wonderful materials certainly deserve to earn revenue for their work but on the other end teachers shouldn’t have to buy them out of pocket. This is when we studied how Netflix and other streaming digital platforms worked and came up with the model of providing unlimited access to premium teacher-created materials for one low monthly fee and provide content creators royalties per downloads. We’re still very new but the fact that we have over 17k members in 5 months is an early indicator that we addressing an issue.
When did you launch TeacherSherpa?
What value does TeacherSherpa provide to teachers?
TeacherSherpa provides teachers the ability to access thousands of quality teacher-created materials for one very low monthly subscription. This ends up being much cheaper than buying materials on a pay-per-download basis.
What is the “Save-It” feature on Teacher Sherpa?
The “Save-It” feature provides users with the ability to save favorite materials to their folders (private and public).
How do teachers use the “Save-It” feature?
Users simply click the “Save It” icon and add select the folders they want to save to.
What is the purpose of the “Save-It” feature?
Members are able to inspire each other by sharing their favorite materials.
What is the cost of joining TeacherSherpa?
There are 2 memberships: Free Membership or Premium Membership. The Free Membership, is Free and provides members a limited number of free downloads per month. The Premium Membership provides unlimited downloads for either $6 if paid monthly or $36 paid yearly (which ends up being only $3 per month)
If teachers want to share their teaching resources on TeacherSherpa, what do they need to do?
We have a royalties program which provides Content Contributors the ability to earn royalties per download. As a Content Contributor, you currently can earn up to $0.25 royalties per download. It’s important not to compare these royalties per download with the amount some teachers sell their materials. Materials on TS get downloads equivalent to free materials since members have unlimited downloads as part of their membership and as a result get downloaded many more times than if these materials were sold.
Until next time,