Democratizing Access To Quality Teachers

After sailing more than 40 thousand nautical kilometers and into 14 countries on Unreasonable at Sea, we ported in Spain for our culminating event. The technology companies who sailed around the world with us had 6 minutes to share the story of their company to hundreds of people packed into an auditorium in Barcelona. This is one of those talks.

The entrepreneur in this video is Anand Joshi of Guru-G – Democratizing Access To Quality Teachers

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While all studies agree that teachers are the most important component of any education system, we are facing a global shortage of 8 million teachers. The only way to truly democratize education is to democratize access to quality teachers. Train a teacher and you will transform the lives of hundreds of students. This belief has led Guru-G to create a gamified teaching, teacher training & open certification platform. At the heart of the solution is a simple and powerful pedagogy that is embedded within an engaging environment that enables easy and intuitive adoption by teachers, schools, and governments. Visit the company website.

Major Milestones:

  • Commercial adoption of their teacher solutions by schools across 10 states in India.
  • Partnerships with foundations & companies that directly support over 3,000 schools and reach over 2.5 million students.
  • Helped several education companies build their K-12 products/business (including one of India’s top classroom technologies company & India’s largest assessment company).
  • Talks/Demos at TEDxMcGill, EDGEx, Borderless World, Bangalore
  • Launch slot for Guru-G at SGSC-2012 Conference in Singapore.
  • Featured in major national newspapers (Indian Express, Economic Times), MSN India homepage, EduTech & many more.
  • Other recognition: Star Young Entrepreneur Award-2011, featured in “Making India Proud” book by Intel, Sauvé Scholars Fellowship 2010, Student Award @SBP09 Conference (Phoenix), Global Student Entrepreneur Award – India, Winners of Bplan contests & incubation offers from IITB, BITS Pilani, IIMA, IIMB.

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  • Evan Hibbs

    Thank you for the article. I really liked this article because I plan on being a teacher in about two years so this is great information. The reason I want to become a teacher is because of the need for so many teachers and because we need teachers that are going to do a great job. Part of being a good teacher is caring about your job and your students. Being able to also get proper training in your field is a must, that’s why I’m trying to use everything I learn in school and also information I learn on my own to use in my classroom when I have a classroom. The fact that 60%-90% of teachers need to be retrained means that colleges aren’t doing there job, would you agree?

  • Jessica Andrew

    Thank you for sharing this talk with us! This is very good information for people who are going to become future teachers. I am amazed at the stat that stated that
    60%-90% of teachers need to be retrained. That is unbelievable. This stat itself states that we need better teachers worldwide. The people who are becoming future teachers need to watch this video. How do you plan to retrain these teachers?

  • clemonsel02

    This article is one that I have not necessarily thought about. I think with the world advancing with technology and my generation being more interested in texting or doing something on the computer rather than listening to a teacher speak using a old chalk board. I understand why the statistic is so high of teachers that need to be retrained. I was shocked by how high this statistic really is, but when you think about even ten years ago the world of technology and changing of the business world, how do they expect teachers who can barley use a computer to teach a child of the new technology world. How would you try to reteach them and how can you change the way they teach the students to include the world today?

  • Tkachukme11

    Your article needs to be shown to teachers, especially a good handful of teachers who I have put up with in college. Don’t get me wrong, I have had my fairshare of teachers who care about me actually learning, but also, it has been the other way around a good amount of the time. When I don’t have a teacher who is willing to fully explain the topic at hand or gets upset when I don’t understand something by 21, you would think they’d use it as an opportunity to share their teacher skills they have in their teaching toolbox. But what if their toolbox is rusty and needs some renewing? I am not going into the teaching field, but I believe they do need training every now and then of new topics, new technology uses, and new ways to keep students engaged in class. It is never a bad thing to better yourself constantly. So seeiung that we are facing a shortage of teachers, I completely agree with the training of teachers.

  • vitalecm03

    I agree with you completely. There are so many teachers that do not want to listen to what others have to say about their teaching style. I just had a professor say today that he gets mad when people tell him how he should teach or when they suggest other ways to teach, he is really old and all he does is stand in the front of the classroom and talk on and on and on and has a discussion every now and then, but the amount of material that he covers is impossible to learn and obtain by teaching the way he does. I think it would be easier if there was more quizzes or homework that actually tested our knowledge of what we learned from class. I think having the already existing teachers retrained is one of the best ideas I’ve heard in a long time!

  • kolinjk29

    This was a great article! I really enjoyed this information because I am currently a student working to graduate with a teaching degree. I was amazed on the stats about how many teachers need to be retrained. I never really thought about this until now, but I can totally see this becoming a bigger issue as years go by. Everyone has their own teaching style that they display. After many years I can see how technology and education have been changing with so many new advancements that it could be very useful to learn new ideas on teaching students. A question that I have is how long would you recommend the training last? Thank you for this insightful information

  • schrammjm26

    This is something that I haven’t even considered before. As a student I just assumed that all teachers loved their jobs and it never occurred to me that as the learning process changes teachers can become less engaged in their work. If a teacher is not enthused in their work then it becomes increasingly difficult for their students to be. It only makes sense that the quickest fix to improving education is to improve upon the teacher, great product/service!

  • Amy Rink

    What you’re saying makes total sense. I always thought the same thing, they chose to be a teacher because that is what they love to do, I never considered the changes that have been made throughout the years. I know a lot of students who are in the pursuit of becoming a teacher and I will definitely be showing them this video.

  • Anthony Urbanski

    What an eye opening video! We are investing to much into education to be getting to little of results. The teachers are the key. One problem I have though is retraining teachers is extremely difficult. Veteran teachers probably think that they have been at it for so long so they know how to teach. Don’t you think some teachers wont want to be retrained?

  • clemonsel02

    I personally agree that teachers need to be retained but I wouldn’t go as far as to say that colleges aren’t doing there job. I think there are many teachers that are very innovative with there teaching. It is the ones that refuse to learn are the issues. They are stuck in their ways and that’s not fair to the child of the technological age. What do you feel?

  • jack lomax

    I’d honestly make it compulsory for veteran teachers to be observed every so often. Every 3-5 years perhaps? It’s a teachers responsibility to be the best possible teacher they can be for the STUDENTS. So if a teacher is neglecting their position, which in turn is effecting their students… they should be put on a retraining course to ensure they are on the top of their game. Another observation after that to make sure that their standards have increased, otherwise put them on the chopping board! Going into the profession myself, I understand that teachers get stuck in their ways – but like the video says – the teaching market is moving on, and it is up to us teachers to keep up with the market. Not for out benefit, but to make sure we are providing the best education to the students.

    ..and lets keep the Government out of it. They meddle enough, its just going to end up a ton of standardized testing… and that’s not going to aid a student in any way.

  • Evan Hibbs

    I agree with that. I just feel that teacher’s need to be very prepared by the time they have their own classroom. That means colleges, the teachers in a school district where a future teacher student teaches, and any other teaching-related jobs a person has before they step into a classroom is important. So I will say, it’s not just colleges but also many groups of people that need to make sure our teachers are well trained and prepared.

  • lex_alwaysMIA

    I think that it is a great to retrain teachers over the years. There is nothing wrong with brushing up on a few things. Also it would be an opportunity to weed out the ones who are there just to acquire a check. I have been in school long enough to recognize the teachers who take their job seriously and those who do not. It may be a challenge for teachers that have been teaching for 20+ years but I am sure they would not take offense to the training. Brilliant ideas!

  • GraceFelion

    Quality teachers who genuinely care about their students are so very important. We have to be able to invest in our teachers and show them that we care about them. We need to ensure that they continue to grow as educators and learn more as more teaching advancements happen. These are great ideas that I hope continue to spread!

  • Angela Hoch

    I agree! It was an eye opening video because I didn’t realize that little results were being generated from education. It’s crazy the politics that are involved with teachers and veterans and just being a teacher in general.

  • Tkachukme11

    I am glad you agree. It just is annoying like why should we give full attention and respect, when they aren’t giving it to us! We understand their teaching ways cant appeal to everyone, so thats why most people approach them with questions. When teachers turn us down, it almost gives us no hope in other areas of life as well. No one likes rejection or feeling dumb.

  • Janna Bartels

    I love this post! I believe the world needs teachers who are better equipped to teach the students well. As a future teacher, I enjoy learning of companies that are using compute games to aid the teacher; not replace the teacher, which an important difference. My husband works for a company, Filament Games, that also makes educational games- specifically for the ipad. I think it’s a great way to reach students!

  • John Darrow

    Thank you for sharing this video! I think what this organization is doing is awesome and completely relevant. With the advancement of technology everything and everyone will need to be enlightened for purposes of knowledge and education efficiency. Technology is never going to stop growing so organizations like this can only help to make the world easier to live in. I agree very much with the Guru G mission.

  • yencheskcj27

    Really interesting approach to the teacher shortage. I think this company is on to something. By making their training a more game focused approach, it allows teacher to brush up on their skills without it feeling like work. I also like that the technology not only allows the sharing of lessons, but also how the lessons are to be taught. The method of presenting a lesson is just as crucial as the lesson itself.

  • Andrew Bliefernicht

    Thank you for this blog! As a person going into teaching I can assure you there is a teacher shortage. Not a teaching job shortage but a quality teacher shortage. The most shocking thing about this article is the stat that 60-90% of teachers need to be retrained. The number is shockingly high, but it is a number that I believe is correct. I have been in school and an education major for a while (on my 5th and final year) and standards, qualifications, and much more stuff has changed in since I started. My Mom has been a teacher for 30+ years now and she is in the 40-10% as she keeps going back to learn and get retrained, but she constantly tells me how things change every single year.

  • Andrew Bliefernicht

    There are conferences and programs that my mom (who has been a teacher for 30+ years) that teachers don’t attend. My mom is in the 40-10% that don’t need to be retrained because she attends them, but she constantly tells me about how every single year teaching standards, qualification, and much more changes. Some places require teachers to go and some don’t. But when some that require them to go do they pay attention. As educators I’d think/hope they would pay attention to how to become a better teacher. I know that going through college to be a teacher now one of the biggest thing is to be a reflective on our own practices. Way to look at our teaching styles and strategies and improve them. One of the ways you do that is by attending conferences and see how to become better.

  • Jessica Andrew

    Thank you for sharing this video! I think that this is an awesome idea! I have had a lot of teachers and professors that have not been very good at their job. Teachers are they key to having their students be successful. Having teachers be trained at different things is excellent for teachers to be superstars. Having teachers go through this program is an excellent idea to help the students be able to improve.

  • Jessica Andrew

    I agree! I have had some teachers who are not very good and feel like they need to go through more training to be able to relate to students. Having this organization more of a game approach is a great idea because it doesn’t make it feel like work. Hopefully, they will enjoy doing this and be able to relate it to their students.

  • Abby2017

    It’s incredible that 60-90% of teachers need to be retained. It is important that we do have good teachers who know what they are doing because they are influencing our world.

  • Anniep1023

    While I have had many wonderful teachers in my lifetime, there also have been many that have not been so wonderful. Your explanation about teachers today was very interesting. As a future educator, I strive to create a classroom environment where my students can succeed and learn, while also having fun. Teachers are such an important factor in the success of students. This program is an excellent idea to help educate our students in the best way possible with the best educators teaching them.