October 12, 2009

EduFire – Get Fired Up About Education


EduFire is an online learning site where teachers can share their passion for the subjects they teach and students can explore new areas they want to learn about. Founded by Jon Bischke, the man behind 2000Tutor, Zaadz and LearnOutLoud, the site aims to form a worldwide community that is passionate about learning. It’s free to sign up as both a teacher and a student. As a teacher, you receive a profile page where you can highlight your qualifications and where others can see the classes you offer and the ratings you have had in the past.

Students can get started on the site by trying a free class – there are several available. With a reasonably fast internet connection, a webcam and Adobe Flash installed, you have all you need to start using EduFire. Online classrooms are equipped with a range of tools, including whiteboards, text chat, screen sharing, presentation tools and more. These make it easy to create a productive classroom environment online.

The great thing about EduFire for both teachers and students is that classes happen at a time that suits you, no matter where you are. You don’t have to drop everything to be in a classroom at a particular time. You can teach and learn from the comfort of your home. Classes vary in price, and EduFire takes 15% of anything a teacher makes. People who are interested in a wide range of of classes may find the monthly SuperPass a better way to sample the offerings, which cover languages, exam prep and a variety of other topics, including those related to business.

While it would be nice to see a full curriculum on offer, EduFire does a great job with the areas it covers. Members can contribuete suggestions through an ideas board and the forum, where suggestions that receive wide support stand the chance of being implemented when EduFire is upgraded. This online teaching and learning platform is easy to use and deserves its four star rating.

Practical Uses:

  • Prepare for your SATs
  • Learn Japanese before your next business trip
  • Discover how to improve your business performance with an online course
  • Share your passion for Photoshop with people eager to learn

Insider Tips:

  • Invest in a webcam to get the best from both teaching and learning. Though it is optional, being able to see each other will enhance the EduFire experience
  • Use the idea board to suggest improvements to EduFire. The more support your idea gets, the more likely it is to be included in a future upgrade
  • Use the SuperPass program to get access to all EduFire classes for a reasonable monthly rate
  • The forums are a great way to connect with other learners and potential teachers

What we liked:

  • There are lots of free classes which you can use to test EduFire
  • You don’t need any fancy equipment to use it, just a reliable internet connection, webcam and Flash
  • Edufire provides a great opportunity for anyone to become a teacher
  • The ratings system makes it easy to determine which teachers are best for students

What we didn’t like:

  • EduFire does not cover all topics; it specialises in languages and exam prep, so some topics of interest may not be taught
  • The need for Flash could make it difficult for people with slow connections to get the best from EduFire


Company Info:

  • Launched: February 2008
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Menlo Park, CA
  • Founded by: Jon Bischke
  • Web site:


  • Some classes free; free to sign up as a teacher
  • EduFire takes 15% of teaching earnings
  • SuperPass gives access to all classes at $29 per month
  • Fees for individual classes vary


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