Powhow is an online class utility for both students and teachers. Those interested in learning a new skill can sign up for a variety of classes delivered live by experts, complete with teacher interaction and classmates. Teachers, on the other hand, can create their own class schedules, determine a price structure that works best and promote their videos via social media.
Powhow is a place where web users can share and learn on their own time. Students can participate in live discussions or can mark themselves as invisible if they wish to simply observe the class.Show more screenshots »
Powhow is based out of New York and was founded by Viva Chu, creator of Handipoints and Transplay. During the application’s beta period, 600 students and educators took to the site to learn or teach new hobbies. Since the application went public, it has landed over 500 Facebook likes and a number of positive community reviews. As of May 2012, the company was expanding by hiring new teachers and welcoming new students.
There are many applications promising distance learning and online educators, but Powhow hand picks its teachers to ensure they are of the highest caliber. Additionally, the application allows teachers to charge whatever they want for an online class, giving them the power to control their income. Powhow is also focused primarily on hobbies, such as guitar playing, cooking, sculpting, singing and personal fitness. Powhow provides students with a way to learn new hobbies and passions firsthand.
Powhow users can choose from a number of classes displayed on the application’s home page. From there, it’s simply a matter of clicking the “Sign Up” button and paying that course’s enrollment fee. Before paying for a class, enrollees will have a chance to preview a part of the course and read the biography of the educator. Once classes assigned, users can click the iCal or Google Calendar button in their confirmation email to automatically add the event to their existing calendar.
To sign up for Powhow as a student, users simply need to enter a first name, last name and email address. After selecting a password and time zone, the user will be taken directly to the home screen, where he or she can select from a list of available courses. To sign up as an instructor, users must provide a first and last name, email address, overview of their classes and a YouTube or Facebook link showing their skills.
It’s free to use Powhow to browse classes, but enrolling in a class requires the user to pay whatever fee the teacher has chosen. Classes range from $25.00 to $100.00, though there is no minimum or maximum fee. In short, the cost of using Powhow will depend entirely on the classes the user wishes to take.
Powhow is an excellent application for users looking to practice a new hobby on their own time. It’s also an impressive tool for educators looking to expand their income opportunities and class sizes. Powhow provides a digital classroom for both educators and students alike—anyone looking to teach or learn a new skill should give Powhow a look. Since there is no cost associated with signing up, checking available classes comes with no risk.