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One of the best things you can do for your self when trying to learn something new, whether it be a language or how to develop computer applications, is to join a class. But not everyone has the time, resources, or even money to do that. That’s where EduFire steps in! Teachers, you’ll want to check this diamond in the rough out too! They provide what you need to teach when you want, where you want, and for what you want($$$ πŸ˜‰ )!

EduFire Overview

EduFire is an interactive online class system, where you make an account on their website and then sign up for classes. Language classes are by far the most common, but they do have classes in Business Management, Marketing, and now even Technology! EduFire offers the ability to start out with a 1 week trial of it’s “SuperPass” program for only $1. The SuperPass program allows you to join any class that is marked with SuperPass. Teachers decide if they want the class to go under that program or not. Generally, most classes I’ve seen are under the SuperPass program so all you really need to do is get a subscription to it. The current monthly price of EduFire SuperPass is $29, with the 1st week trial being $1 like I mentioned before.

EduFire for Students

edufire_tourBecause of EduFire’s extremely cheap trial, I decided to give it a shot and see what it was all about. I can honestly say, I am thoroughly amazed. I’ve been taking almost every Japanese class I can get my hands on, with the exception of a few that are out of my skill range, and can’t get enough of it! In each class, you have a teacher that teaches over microphone(and webcam if they choose to do so), along with the ability to draw on a digital whiteboard, type up notes on a “note board”, and even display a power point presentation to you. The greatest feature has to be that each class not only has a chat for everyone to talk in, but voice chat privileges are usually given out by the teacher and you can converse over a microphone if you have one.

So far I’ve only used the SuperPass program, but apparently you can find 1-on-1 tutors as well, which charge their own specific hourly rate. I may use this feature at some point, but currently I’m attending far too many classes already as I am still very much a beginner. I’ll get a tutor when I need to start working on specific things, but for right now, learning anything is an improvement on what I already know.

EduFire for Teachers

Teachers, you get one hell of a deal by using EduFire! EduFire currently only charges 15% of what you make! Some of you may think that is a hefty amount, but stop and think about it for a second…

  1. You’re not charged anything to sign up as a teacher(no sign up fee or monthly fee).
  2. You’re given ALL the tools you need, other than your class material and you!
  3. A large portion of marketing has already been taken care of.
  4. If you don’t make any money, you don’t lose any money.
  5. The people are wonderful.

Okay, so I threw that last one in as an opinionated bonus, but it’s true! πŸ™‚ What more can you ask for? You’ve got everything you need, with nothing to lose. If it takes you a while to build up a good sized class, then you’ve still gained “some” money, even if not a lot, and the fact that you’ve not lost money in the beginning says something..

Tech Channel

edufire-tech-channelAs you may or may not know, the Tech channel on EduFire just launched! I’m quite excited because I’m actually going to begin teaching classes in the Tech channel! Mostly, I think I’ll end up teaching Security / Ethical Hacking classes. If so, the classes will be more geared to teaching you how things can be vulnerable so you can protect yourself from simple mistakes that result in large damage.

My first class has been posted: “Introduction to Google Hacking”, which will be an interesting class for all! It’ll be in two parts, the first being more on how to simply use Google more effectively, while the later class will be used to show how to use the techniques in the first class to prove how Google not only indexes the good, but also the bad. Who knows what flaws your website has that Google could be indexing? I’ll show you how to put a stop to that! πŸ‘Ώ

So be sure to check me out and maybe even attend some Japanese classes with me! If you’re considering joining a Japanese class with me in it, don’t be afraid, I’m horribly new at Japanese so I’m sure I’m much worse at it than you. πŸ˜€

Also, be sure to check out NihongoUp’s Japanese resources + contest going on!

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