Our original question: how do we make online learning more digestible through the musical lens?

Our feedback said that we should aim higher. After digesting the feedback, we completely agreed. Some feedback said that the idea would only really work for younger grades and may not be applicable for the more complex topics that college and high school students are learning. Also, we received feedback that we could expand on the neurological aspects of this problem and or more ways to improve zoom. We need to think bigger than just Zoom for online learning. It made us also think that we might be limiting ourselves by just focusing on music.

Given the feedback, our new question is how do we improve online learning and make it more interactive and effective for students?

Possible Solutions:

  1. We could come up with an AI system. Teachers would input their lesson plan into this program. This would create multiple different learning tools to help students remember. It would create songs for auditory learners, charts for visual learners, and activities for students who do best with direct application. This may not be the best solution because it could get repetitive. Also, if you look on the internet for songs or practice activities about a specific topic, there is a good chance that they already exist.
  2. We could streamline all of the different learning platforms into one system. This would help with organization and ensure that all students have a better way to stay on top of their work. This has probably already been done (think Notion or other ways to streamline work that you have to do)
  3. We could use music to help younger students memorize and apply concepts. This was our initial moonshot pitch. It is probably not a good solution because it has already been done. It is also too limiting. It also may not be effective for students that don’t learn that way.
  4. We want to create an app for teachers to use to assign projects and work that would be mobile friendly. The students would therefore be able to learn via their parent’s cell phone or other mobile device and still retain information effectively. Students would still have the resources they need to succeed in the online learning environment. This is probably not the best solution because then parents would not be able to use their own cell phone. There also isn’t much to add to this idea. There are plenty of mobile apps (like Duolingo) that allow students to learn from their phone.
  5. For special needs kids, especially those who are non-verbal, learning can be hard for them. Can we create a solution that involves music to help them improve in the school setting. Not only would this be used for educational purposes, but also as a means of communication. This is grouped in our failed section because there are already people coming up with these solutions. It also is hard because each case would have to be individualized.
  6. We want to create a platform that gives children who do not have access to the most resources when they are younger a way for them to learn more words and grammar. There is a clear word gap between children at a lower and higher socioeconomic level. We want to create a solution to bridge this gap. Our problem is that another group is already doing a similar question to this. As well, there are already people trying to come up with a solution to this question, so our idea may not be big enough.

5. Solutions we picked:

  1. Zoom seems like the only platform most teachers use now for online learning. We want to create a completely new platform that combines good aspects of Zoom and other features that make online learning more like the physical classroom. Nowadays, you have to switch between multiple tabs during interactive activities. We want to standardize all of these activities into one platform.Things that we could include are the camera aspect of zoom, an interactive whiteboard directly built in, problems that you can directly answer instead of coming up with a new tab, ect. We also want to have a clear agenda that students and parents can have access to. Through Canvas, there are so many different places teachers put their assignments, which can lead to students missing them. We will think of more things for the app that we want to include as we go. We want to focus on elementary school students and specifically subjects that involve language acquisition and reading and writing.
  2. We could use neurological studies to find the best format and curriculum to help students learn online. Studying in the classroom is extremely different than learning individually and online. Most teachers already have a method of teaching their subject efficiently in person, but have been blindsided by this need to shift to remote learning. We want to study the different possible methods of online learning and figure out which is the easiest for the teachers to implement in order to teach effectively.