Hi all. I'm new to this site and very excited by its potential. I would like to introduce you to a new niche Software as a Service (SaaS) product for the early childhood education community. It will be a comprehensive web/mobile-based teacher planning tool for preschool programs.
One component of the product will be a music download service linked into our overall search database. Think iTunes optimized for preschool teachers. We want to make it easy for them to find and incorporate quality music into their daily programs. Parents of children enrolled in the programs will also have access to the music site. Below is a more complete description of the Ultimate Daily Planner (UDP) and the music service. Our goal is not to have the biggest quantity of music, but the best quality music. Does this describe your music? If so, I'd like to hear from you. For your information, I have 15 years experience working in early childhood education and building large-scale systems like the UDP. We have some large company funding behind us from within the ECE industry as well. I will be happy to share that information with you when we speak. Thanks for your interest. I look forward to working with you on this project.
Ultimate Daily Planner
The Ultimate Daily Planner (UDP) is a Software as a Service (SaaS)web application (with related smart phone apps) that will be sold to preschools and Head Start programs worldwide. The UDP is a powerful planning tool will allow teachers to work smarter and more efficiently and effectively engage children in their children’s learning.
The UDP will feature a series of integrated services:
The concept is to provide a service curated by early childhood educators for early childhood educators and parents. One powerful search engine will quickly bring the most useful results in all of the categories to allow teachers to easily build their lesson plans. For example, if a teacher was going to be studying “rocks,” a search might bring up:
The team at iActive Learning developing the UDP has decades of experience building services like these. For example, while at a previous job, I created CreativeCurriculum.net (now Teaching Strategies GOLD), an online assessment system used to annually assess more than 500,000 preschool children.
Ultimate Daily Planner Music Service
UDP music service will be an “iTunes for preschoolers,” providing teachers and parents with a wide variety of quality music choices for young children. By carefully choosing the music that is included in the store, we will be making sure that teachers have access to the “classics” while also providing multicultural diversity and exposing them to other artists. By moderating the titles included, we are providing a valuable service of recommendations to both teachers and parents.
Access to the storefront will be available to all: subscribing teachers, families of subscribing programs, and the general public. This “public” view will be a straight pay-per-download service. This is creating a clear niche product that will provide expert choices and give parents security that they are getting good music for their children without concerns about quality or appropriateness.
Within the confines of the UDP, parents and teachers will have additional options. Selections from the music service will show up in the general searches along side the activity and other databases. The advantage of this is clear: quickly helping teachers get materials they need for their classrooms. For parents it is an easy way to add music to their children’s lives. Teachers could inform parents of the music used in the classroom to further the home-school connection.
The site will include top-selling lists (for both albums and songs) and staff recommendations. There will be early childhood specific categories and all of the songs will be indexed to fit into the UDP structure.
Program administrators will be able to purchase music “allowances” for their teachers. They would buy in bulk and then divvy them up among their teachers. Teachers would have balances in their account that they could then use to purchase music. Additional purchases via credit card would always be allowed.
Weekly emails will sent to parents listing all the resources the teachers used in their classes that week, along with direct links to purchase them.
Our goal is not to have every song by every artist. The goal is to have a selection of children’s classics and quality artists. To date we are working with Music for Little People, Gryphon House, Bill Harley, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Red Grammer, Hap Palmer, Brady Rymer, Trout Fishing In America, Dan Zanes and many others. We will have a great balance between the “big names” in early childhood education, the classic children’s songs, and wonderful multicultural and multi-genre selections. We're committed to featuring the best of independent children's music.
For this non-exclusive distribution arrangement, iActive Learning will offer the following terms:
I'd love to hear from you, either through this site or directly.