How long does it take a student to learn how to multiply fractions, solve quadratic equations or balance chemical reactions? Well, that varies from student to student, and while it may take one student 10 minutes to master a
concept, it could take another hours. Online video platform TareasPlus saw a need to give students unlimited time to learn, and they’ve created the largest library of video tutorials available in Spanish so students can take as much time as they need to review and master complicated math and science concepts.
When students seek out online education courses, they want platforms that are easy to search, provide the opportunity to test and practice their skills, and award credits or certificates for their efforts. This San Francisco-based startup and TriplePoint client provides all these elements on their platform, which has delivered more than 10 million STEM video lessons to students across 20 countries in Spain and Latin America. They have, in effect, become the Khan Academy for Spanish speakers.
Today TareasPlus announced the beta launch of their new platform, Aula TareasPlus, which allows teachers to upload original content and lesson plans for students. This educational exchange allows students to connect with the best teachers from around the world to learn, practice their skills and test their knowledge of material in the areas of math and science. The exchange provides teachers a platform to share original lesson plans, giving students access to immediate answers and opportunities for learning.
TareasPlus provides 9-12 minute tutorials on math and science for high school and early college students. The service answers a universal demand for STEM instruction, as evidenced by its 70,000 visitors per day and its position as one of the top 20 most downloaded educational apps in Latin America. As millions of students throughout Spain and Latin America utilized TareasPlus’ extensive video library, surpassing Khan Academy’s with 3,600 videos and counting, founders Hernan Jaramillo and Roberto Cuartas quickly realized they needed to open their platform to teachers as well – thus, the idea for Aula TareasPlus was born.
“Aula TareasPlus grew out of our own observations of the way digital natives learn, and also by teachers’ requests to make our platform and tools available to them,” said Hernan Jaramillo, founder and CEO of TareasPlus. “We’re excited that teachers and students alike will be able to benefit from the new educational exchange, which makes quality educational material readily available on a massive distribution platform so educators can replicate their teaching efforts on the highest possible scale.”
Aula TareasPlus allows teachers to create their own lessons and upload them TareasPlus without having to fumble with cumbersome learning management systems that are limited to students within a particular school. When teachers upload content to the Aula TareasPlus exchange, that content becomes searchable by all students who use the TareasPlus platform, so users can find help with whatever subject they need, whenever they need it. Best of all, Aula TareasPlus offers more than an extensive content repository – TareasPlus is applying its progress tracking, testing capabilities, and social tool features to the new exchange, which can be utilized by teachers and students to enhance learning.
Founders Hernan Jaramillo and Robert Cuartas met while studying engineering in college. They were both tutoring students to pay their way through school, and from their experience they found that when students’ time to learn a specific lesson was unrestricted, they could master it more easily. This commitment to creating “unlimited time to learn,” paired with the massive distribution capabilities of YouTube, allowed Jaramillo and Cuartas to produce and replicate their individual tutoring efforts on the highest possible scale.
TareasPlus specializes in a variety of specific subject areas across math and science, and delve deep into areas such as Integral Calculus. A network of educators who specialize in different subjects contribute to and produce content within the existing video tutorials, allowing Jaramillo and Cuartas to produce a vast volume of lessons quickly, which students require on a daily basis.
The beta launch of Aula TareasPlus will expand the existing library and make even more content available on TareasPlus’ online platform of math and science videos. TareasPlus’ library of content provides students, who return to the site multiple times a week for extra help with their classes, unlimited time to learn and unlimited access to education through high quality videos and massive distribution.
Now that there are over 50 million Spanish speakers in the U.S., TareasPlus is poised to have an impact on the Spanish-speaking market in the U.S., as ESL students and parents alike will benefit from having instructional videos in their native language to refer to.