What is sharing? If you asked me ten years ago, I might have mentioned in my definition sacrificing a stick of gum or adding an extra straw in my soda, but oh how times have changed. In the recent years “sharing” has transformed into a new social phenomenon. From online recipe forums to urban bikeshares to sharing entire homes on Airbnb, this concept of collaborative economy boasts not only a new social aspect to everyday consumerism, but, financially, greater return on investment.
In education, every minor expense counts and there’s always a debate regarding how funds can be better allocated. Education craves cost efficiency. So how can districts spend wisely while optimizing both teaching resources and student learning? How can you add value to something without taking more money out of your pocket? Here is a simple math problem for your thoughts:
Jimmy and Billy each have five dollars, which they both separately spend on the same new dinosaur book. The boys finish reading, however Jimmy keeps his book at home while Billy takes his book to school and lends it to each of his classmates. In the end, both boys are short five dollars and have an ignited passion for dinosaurs. Jimmy has a safely-stored book on a shelf and Billy has 20 new friends to fuel his debate between T-rexes and velociraptors. Whose book had more value?
Aside from its cost-effectiveness, one of the most powerful aspects of social sharing is its subsequent sense of tightened community. In any profession, it’s easy to lose steam, however, resource sharing opens conversation and creates a support system. Sharing teaching resources empowers educators as well, granting their work the greater purpose of benefiting others in their immediate community.
If you’re interested to know how UClass is taking advantage of social sharing, check out: 4 Ways to Share on UClass. Our newly released deep linking feature allows educators to share resource folders directly with colleagues, students, and anyone in between!
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