We're building an educational video library aligned to local curricula & textbooks for underserved users. While interacting with teachers on our platform, we realized that so many of them struggled with finding, assessing, & using open education resources online, because of time, connectivity, & digital literacy. We realized teachers need practical skills to transition into digital specialists.
We've built a digital content curation platform enabling teachers to quickly find, tag, and save open education resources (OERs) collaboratively, to be vetted via communal peer-review, then shared from a common curriculum-aligned digital library. Specifically, teachers learn to "curate" online resources with specific curriculum attributes (e.g. grade, subject, topic, etc.), for sharing with other teachers, based on standardized hierarchy/format for curricula learning outcomes. HITCH converts curricula documents (doc, pdf, etc.) to plaintext (txt), then applies advanced pattern matching to infer data hierarchy, fetch, and use curricula data for organizing a massive OER content library. This library is stored online (https://app.hitch.video) & on offline hardware (https://youtu.be/UL2BOkrjp98) for easy access. We're working with the University of Waterloo & Lagos State MOE, to deploy HITCH to K-12 teachers in Nigeria, & upskill + certify their digital lesson planning & delivery capacity.
Launched in 2018, HITCH’s unique hardware and software platform upskills & provides educators with tailored, on-demand, curated educational content available on almost any device, without the need for an internet connection. To date, we have 27 school customers, with approximately 9,000 students and another 120 teachers for our hardware and online enterprise version. We've been approved and are expanding to 40 public school customers in Nigeria in Q2 2021, and we're working with UNICEF (https://www.unicef.org/nigeria/stories/covid-19-education-transformed-through-remote-learning) and others to expand the platform into another 200 schools to serve 100,000 public school students and teachers by Q3/Q4 2021. Our goal is to reach up to 1 million students and 10,000 teachers in the next 2 years.
Teachers and students in Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and the Gambia can visit (https://app.hitch.video) to sign-up for a free account. We currently support the West African curriculum and will add support for a universal curriculum filter by Q4 2021. To reach our team email us at (email@example.com) and for live chat, please visit our discord channel at (https://hitch.video/discord).