Profiles in Innovation
Entrepreneurs on the Cutting Edge of Technology
|“The Notebook guides students along the curriculum’s path and contains the step-by-step guidelines for teaching the roughly 400 learning objectives.”
Chet Thomas & Darrin Fletcher
Salt Lake City, Utah
Changing the Way Students Learn… Through Educational Software that Harnesses the Magic of Hollywood
Technology is enabling young people to learn in new ways, utilizing tools and engaging in projects that simply weren’t available to previous generations. At Independent Student Media, we’ve developed a curriculum that leverages filmmaking’s disguised learning benefits and a proprietary tool to guide students, teachers and parents through the program. Our software allows students to creatively expand their reading, writing, and math skills through filmmaking, and also collaborate with students, educators and professionals outside of the classroom, opening the door to worldwide participation and creative interaction.
At the heart of ISM is our proprietary tool called the Notebook. Analogous to a massive media textbook that is constantly growing, this is where all student film projects start, are taught, managed, organized, tested and graded. When projects are completed they can be publicly viewed in the Screening Room.
Not Your Typical Online Learning Experience
The Notebook guides students along the curriculum’s path and contains the step-by-step guidelines for teaching the roughly 400 learning objectives. Reading, writing, math and much more can all be taught in this cross-curricular environment. When appropriate in the learning process, the Notebook draws from other ISM utilities such as professional Interviews, Storyboard Artist, Screen Writer, Live Broadcaster, Crew, Scheduler, Production Meetings, Grade Book, tutorials and message boards.
Each of these utilities can be accessed 24/7 by users outside of the Notebook for further study, but within the Notebook the user must follow a single “correct” path designed by ISM founders, to accomplish the objective of teaching filmmaking from a Hollywood professional’s viewpoint..
As we developed our filmmaking curriculum and the technology to help guide kids through it while delivering the resources they need to be successful, we knew that what we were doing was new, innovative, and out of the ordinary. And we also knew that we needed to protect it.
Applying for a patent on the Notebook was a no-brainer. The protection gives us a certain peace of mind as we develop the auxiliary business components–the marketing plan, funding avenues, etc.—before a wide-scale release, and the assurance that our hard work in developing the Notebook could pay off.
Spending the time and money to apply for a patent to protect our intellectual property gives our investors confidence in ISM too. An interesting, innovative product combined with a solid, experienced leadership team, a large market, and a strong value proposition makes the acquisition of capital easier.
Harnessing Hollywood magic to capture student attention, with the mission of changing the way teachers teach and students learn is a serious undertaking. We’re confident that the web-based software we created can do just that.
About Profiles in Innovation and ACT
The Profiles in Innovation project is designed to highlight entrepreneurs who are driving technological innovation around the world and the critical role that patents and IP play in their success. While large multinationals often get the credit, small businesses are at the center of the innovation economy. For these small innovators, patents are critical to their ability to protect their innovations while building partnerships and raising capital.
The Association for Competitive Technology (ACT) is an international trade association for the information technology industry that is dedicated to protecting small business innovation. ACT has more than 3,000 member companies around the world, most of which are small and mid-size technology firms.