Even before it was known as crowd-sourcing, a unique and innovative model was created for developing educational content. LessonPro, a website from Knowledge Headquarters, was launched in 1999 as a new and promising application for writing K-12 educational coursework over the Internet. The company established the Internet site to promote its standards for Internet-based instructional content to the educational community. Teachers from across the nation write lessons using the template at www.lessonpro.net.
The curriculum development model was new for education at the time, but a similar model had been used successfully by other Internet companies such as eBay, AOL, Yahoo, epinions, and geocities. Teachers from around the world write lessons using the template at www.lessonpro.net providing access for students to their online instruction.
The template is an easy-to-use fill-in-the-blank format that teachers complete using their own original material. Students of writers may then access the lessons at no cost using the teacher assigned password.
The key to student success is engaging their interests through a wide range of topics, informational web sites and interesting activities, which help create a unique learning experience for each student. Writers are encouraged to incorporate links within each lesson that reinforce the skills and concepts being emphasized in the lesson. These online connections open a wide array of possibilities for learning, not limited to the confines of traditional instruction. Students anticipate new discoveries that lie ahead as they proceed through each instructional lesson. The visual instruction is designed to include all curricular disciplines, balance the transfer of certain basic skills and strengthen the value of online education.