“MSTA Student App”
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Vinny has over 20 years of experience as developer, technical team lead, and technical consultant. He has an enduring passion for technology from nerding out over cool command line tricks to debating the impact of the blockchain. He has worked on naval radar systems, fantasy baseball games, and just about everything in between. He lives in Kew Gardens, Queens with his family and spends his free time cooking or gaming.
It would be great to see additional functionality around connecting with alums or safely communicating with teachers. This would extend the utility of the app and drive adoption across many more schools.
I would also encourage the students to think about how to refine the visual design of the app to make it more interesting and fun. A little extra time spent on this might pay off with huge gains in usability as well.
Overall I love the idea of an app tailored to each school, especially as a busy parent with multiple children in school. I could easily see myself using this application.
Maddy is a Visual Designer at IBM CIO. As a designer, she works on visual design, user experience, and motion projects that aim to make work better for IBMers. Before IBM, she worked at a digital marketing agency and has experience in branding, web design, and social media marketing. She loves that projects that let her experiment and is currently exploring how designers can work better on cross-functional teams.
Joe Chung is a creative technologist and educator who is interested in technologies that help people learn and connect with each other better. A graduate of MFA Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design and MA Instructional Technology and Media at Teachers College, Columbia University, Joe has experimented with VR/AR, sensors and visualizations to help learners bridge the gap between information and knowledge. Joe is also a trained educator, specializing in secondary school mathematics and computer education.
Like the best ideas, this is one of those apps that makes you wonder why someone didn't think of it sooner!
As way to continue the design process, I might suggest delving deeper into what the student community needs in order to bring it to the next level of uniqueness and usefulness. For instance, is this app able to help manage communications with teachers? Might it also help in managing assignments? Could it also help in arranging activities and collaboration between students? The potential is here for this to expand and become incredibly helpful. Nicely done!