Spread the word. You need more users, not questions. Simply having the same people ask more questions is not sustainable and not a solution for giving the appearance of organic growth. You need more users.
This site is running into two huge issues:
Less than half the people committed to the proposal showed up on the actual site.
Massive Voter ...
In my ideal world, we would tweet once a day with either the top-voted question of the day, or some other thought-provoking (or funny) CS Educators statement. At the beginning, we can slowly run through the questions that we've built up.
Just some thoughts:
I just found out about this site today via a HNQ and I already like it =)
I'd never heard of this site. Now granted, there are a bajillion sites (it feels like) on the SE network, but for example, I'm over on Physics.SE, and I've been there for over a year, I've heard of the math educators site, but not this one. So: community ads on all ...
We can encourage the new users who do make it here by voting, or helping them improve their content. The site is not the same as may other places that people are used to online, and getting past the initial learning experience is a little tricky.
Just to clarify with some numbers... 200 rep is counted as the threshold of an engaged user, 500 rep will be ...
Timing might be a bit of an issue too... Summer vacations are starting on the northern hemisphere, this is not the time CS teachers are actively looking online for good lesson ideas. Still, might be a good idea to spread the word at schools. Summer holiday also means teachers have more time on their hands.
Is there any advice to market a private beta, given the added hurdle of the extra steps required to even get in? The natural way (it seems to me) to engage in marketing is to pass along relevant links to specific questions, but it seems to me that we are dealing with a few hurdles:
The extra steps required to get into a private beta through those links ...
I think that the Twitter account needs to be used a lot more. Maybe
participating in the K12 CS Ed Twitter chats
I think that posting on
the CS Ed forum for k-12 on Facebook would be a smart plan:
Please keep in mind that ads should be relevant to the community they're posted in.
Don't go spamming random websites. Community ads on X Stack Exchange are for topics that are of interest to the X community.
If computer science education is not relevant to X, then don't advertise on X Stack Exchange.
If computer science education is relevant to X, then ...
I posted to:
Systers, a huge email list for women in CS.
Facebook group Computer Science Education: Researchers & Practitioners
Google+ groups CS First and Silicon Valley CSTA
SIGCSE (via a friend)
I tweeted with unsuccessful retweet requests to:
I would like for someone to send announcements to members of CSTA.
We want to show diversity. Advertise to CS students, because they can ask about self-learning. Advertise to coaches of robotics clubs, because they can ask about teaching with arduino, LEGO mindstorms, etc. Advertise to teachers because they can ask about...well...teaching.
So have good questions in all those categories, and then advertise to all of them. I ...
I've mentioned the site already on the following communities:
AP Teacher Community - AP CS A
AP Teacher Community - AP CSP
CS50 AP Teacher Discussion Board
Twitter - hashtags #apcsp #apcsa #cs50ap
There are probably more hashtags to add such as #edtechchat or #cs4all. I will also be attending a week-long AP institute in July for AP CS A, so I will be ...
As the site grows the numbers might change, but the concepts can remain the same.
I don't know how often to tweet on a schedule, maybe once a day, maybe twice. If others have followed other forums or blogs they might have a metric to base our schedule on.
Aside from the scheduled tweets, I think we should be watching the view count and vote count on the ...
Several of us are regularly promoting on Reddit's CSEducator's community, and there have been occasional emails out to the AP Computer Science A community. I seem to recall that thesecretmaster found another community we should be reaching out to, though I recollect no details about that one. Membership in communities (such as FRC, APCSA, APCSP, Greenfoot, ...
Note that there are only 33 followers of the twitter account. I'm guessing they are all members.
In the chat room we have the ability to * a comment and it gets shown in the RHS sidebar. It might also be possible to have a tweet function that suggests a comment for a tweet, but probably doesn't actually create the tweet.
HNQ's might also be automatically ...
In my opinion:
We should tweet on some regular basis, and say things that would be interesting for teacher; addressing problems that they most probably faced or are facing.
Firstly, stack exchange sites. Also, maybe universities and colleges ( perhaps just the cs department).
I think I answered that in the second point.
not sure at all about this part.