Photo credit: Rona Jobe, Center for Innovative Technology (CIT)
After 51 hours, it was time to kick off Sunday night demos. Teams came a long way — below are some short breakdowns of what was built and who survived to this point:
K12budget – “make sense of school budgets”
According to K12budget, the budgeting process is extremely complex because revenue streams are coming from various federal and local levels. Each of the sources requires a unique set of regulations to comply with and the only tool that is currently in place to battle with the complexity of budgeting is Excel.
The goal of K12budget is to empower administrators to make smarter budget decisions that increase student achievement via historical analytics and regulation management. K12budget will allow administration to track results over time via data visualizations and will help to budget in compliance with the regulations.
Eluminate.me – “B.Y.O.T. – bring your own teacher”
Eluminate.me brings interactive and adaptive instructions to the electronic text. Teachers can embed quizzes inside assigned readings and add explanations on vocabulary where students may struggle the most. “The major reason why kids are not interested in reading is because it’s really, really hard”, says Adnrew Ravin. The goal of Elluminated is to help students read faster, more efficiently and have fun along the way. The content will be created by “expert teachers” but any other teacher who has the access to the service will be able to customize it in order to make the content fit better with his/her lesson plans.
MyStuDebt – to helps students to repay their student loans – to stop “nation’s time-ticking bomb”
This web-based product is aiming to prevent defaults on student loans. It provides a dashboard where you can see all your loans side by side and a customized roadmap on how to repay them. You can create your financial goals, limit your repayment streams to fit your budget, and find better ways to repay the loans. MyStuDebt are differentiating themselves from competitors by providing a personalized repayment plan.
The service will be free for students and will be sponsored by schools which will benefit from the decline of their default rates.
Goal Tracker – “measurable results and resources for teachers and parents to help increase student achievement”
Goal Tracker makes it very simple for teachers to input test results, get analytics on student scores, and have worksheets automatically generated for failed questions. The platform even can use a built-in camera on a computer to input tests results. After aggregating the data, GoalTracker provides teachers with the class work that students can use in order to improve their knowledge and test results.
Veritas Study – “ebay for education”
This is an online marketplace for teachers to sell their educational content to parents. Veritas Study allows teachers to be entrepreneurs and parents to provide their kids with more variety in learning. The system also recommends content to buy based on child’s learning needs and style.
Edunomics – “freakonomics of education”
This analytics tool, built on the Microsoft platform, aggregates data, analyzes it based on the terms you selected, and visualizes the output. The goal is to show relationships between seemingly unrelated datasets. The data comes through various government and public sources via RSS feeds and APIs. For example, you can see easily how teen pregnancy affects drop-out rates in various states or countries. This tool, however, is not limited to education sector, the visual representation of data can be applied to any industry.
To read about the rest of the teams, go to Presentations Part 2.