2018: The Year of Expansion
The end of 2018 marks a major milestone in the history of TeachAids.
Our Name and Identity: From “TeachAIDS” to “TeachAids”
Most people don’t know this, but the original name of our organization was Interactive Teaching Aids, complete with the domain interactiveteachingaids.org. Our purpose was always to use our research-based design approach to create “teaching aids” which would solve challenging education problems. Since our original domain was somewhat long, we shortened it to teachaids.org. And as our first software was for HIV education, we decided to enhance that by branding as TeachAIDS with “AIDS” capitalized. The materials we developed went on to be used in 82 countries around the world. This year, with the addition of our first new topic beyond HIV education—concussion education—we are reverting to our origins and are now simply “TeachAids”.
A Year of Expansion
- $1.5M seed funding generously donated by the Taube Stanford Concussion Collaborative kicked off development of the CrashCourse initiative
- Launch our initial concussion education product: CrashCourse Football (video-based interactive learning module)
- Rebranding of TeachAids with the launch of our new logo and website
- Addition of 60 new ambassadors and advisors associated with the following institutions: Boston University, Dartmouth College, MIT, Ohio State University, Oregon Health and Science University, Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, University of California San Francisco, and the University of Colorado Boulder
New Distribution Partnerships
- Pop Warner uses CrashCourse with their leadership and coaching populations to educate their 325,000+ youth participants across the U.S.
- U.S. Olympic Committee provides CrashCourse to 400,000+ coaches nationwide, representing 50+ different sports
- Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital includes CrashCourse on its website
- Stanford Athletics shows a CrashCourse PSA at every home football game starting with our launch at the USC-Stanford Game on September 8
- Governor Asa Hutchinson announces Arkansas as the first state to approve and implement CrashCourse into every high school
Selected Press Coverage
Forbes ● USA Today ● CBS News ● NBC Bay Area ● Athletic Business ● ABC News ● HealthcareDIVE ● VR Scout ● Stanford Graduate School of Education ● Stanford Daily ● Radiology Business ● Sport Techie ● Associated Press (syndicated in New York Times, Washington Post, and other outlets)
Looking Forward to 2019
- Expansion of CrashCourse Football to include additional sports—such as soccer, hockey, and lacrosse—for athletes, coaches and parents
- Introduce the world’s first research-based, virtual reality concussion education into schools and museums
- Begin large-scale distribution of CrashCourse into 10,000 schools and youth sports organizations, on the way to ultimately educating 100M globally
Thank you for all your kindness and generosity. Your continued support allows us to educate millions around the world with the most effective research-based health education, as always, for free.
The TeachAids Team