February 5th , 2014 11:28 am Leave a comment

Carter County website creators give public chance to ‘grade’ teachers

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There is no faster platform than the Internet for people to voice, or rather post, an opinion for millions to see.

First there was RateMyProfessors.com. Then AngiesList.com, Topix.com and a host of others came along.

And now, CarterEducators.com will mix this national forum and review website trend with local pedagogy.

A group of current and former Carter County School System students and teachers want to enable the public to use Carter Educators site to write reviews about all teachers in the county.

Website developer Brandon Knight, a former Hampton High School student, said many people have collaborated on the idea.

“The website is to bring kind of a movement for the betterment of education within Carter County,” Knight said. “It’s in development, but we are pushing toward the end. It’s almost ready to be released.”

So far, the pilot site allows users (students, teachers and parents) to create a profile, write or search for reviews, invite or message friends, start discussions in a forum, and post information about school events and clubs.

Knight said teacher lists were obtained from Carter County schools so he could compile the information on the website.

“It was not easy,” he said.

Teacher ratings are averaged between zero to five stars, and a comment section is included on each teacher’s page.

“Teachers can write their own descriptions,” Knight said. “Teachers have the ability to claim their profile, which then will allow them to post replies to any review; along with the ability to post a special offer or note.”

Special offers mean teachers can create classroom incentives for students to visit their CarterEducators.com page.

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