Our initial solutions:
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 too. 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.
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.
- Yes, and we think that a desktop app/web extension would work best.
Yes, but one of the further goals we wanted to aim for would be making our solution accessible and viable for both desktops and mobile devices. Not all children have continued and reliable access to desktop computers or laptops, so we would want to make it available on mobile as well as it would be easier for many students so access.
2. Yes, and you could include a function where students could talk to each other on video (sort of like a breakout room) so that they can work on collaborative assignments. They would be able to do this at any time, not just during class time.
We love this idea. The only way for students to communicate with each other is by private chats and breakout rooms. Breakout rooms are not always available, especially if you are planning on working with a classmate outside of designated class time. With this feature, students won't be needing to use a zoom link with a time limit on it.They can go directly to our platform.
3. Yes, and you can test the retention abilities based on different online teaching methods, through a common test.
Yes! We would want to be able to prove that the solutions we implement are actually better than what teachers are currently using. That would involve some system of standardization of the results in order to track if the student abilities actually increase. We would love to have this data available to backup that the switch to our platform would be worthwhile.
- Yes, but how is this different that Zoom + Google (G Suite)
This will be different from zoom and google suite because people will have access to it 24/7. With zoom, there are many limitations (time limit, only one person can speak at a time, and only one person can share their screen. With our app, we want to be able to answer questions and do activities directly in the video chat. There will be an interactive whiteboard, which is not possible with zoom yet. The problem with zoom and google chats is that it is purely for the video. We want to make it so we don't have to have a million tabs open when we are in class.
2. Yes, but how will this be useful when online learning is not as prevalent?
Online learning has existed long before the global pandemic. Online university and online graduate programs have always been around. This tool will therefore supplement the current online learning platforms and be an important part of online learning in the new digital age. We have therefore already accounted for this feedback.
3. Yes, but how will you approach this when working with a class where each student has very different learning needs
The application will have to be versatile. Teachers will be able to use different features of it in order to accommodate different learning needs (especially students with learning difficulties / disabilities). The teacher will need to know in advance how each student learns (maybe a pre-course survey) and cater to each student’s individual needs. The many features and parts of the application will help the teacher do so.
We feel that our first solution is the one we should go with from now on. Based on the feedback, there were more ways to improve this solution than the solution regarding neurological studies. Our new solution will incorporate the feedback from Yes, And and Yes But. Our biggest point to keep in mind is how we are going to be different from zoom or google hangouts. We also want to make sure we are incorporating elements of language or language in the brain. We may want to focus on how this could improve teaching children reading, which could be a hard subject to teach over Zoom.