An App/Software Project
By Hannah, Priscila, Gimarys, Yenny, Jayleen, and Brenda
Middle School Students from Mouse & DIIT Design League @ MSTA 318
About this Project:
The purpose of the MSTA 318 app is to create a student and technology friendly application where our scholars and go to find any information needed about our school. From student calendars, major announcements to office hours sign up, students will have access to it all!
Feedback from the Judges:
Vincent DiBartolo 👏 Technology Director at Self-Employed — Emoti-Con Judge
I really liked how the students were able to identify a need in their community and created a solution that is relevant to both themselves and potentially students at other schools. Using technology to centralize and automate communication around a variety of topics is a great approach for busy staff, distracted students, and communities isolated because of COVID.
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 Barr 👏 Visual and UX Designer at IBM — Emoti-Con Judge
Loved this project! You can really tell in your pitch how much you thought about your users and what would benefit them. I could see this app making a positive impact on your school and in the local community. It provides a great opportunity to bring the community together around school events! Great work!
Joe Chung 👏 MFA Design and Technology Student at Parsons School of Design — Emoti-Con Judge
Great efforts in designing an app that an entire school community can use! I applaud your efforts in thinking about the features that would be most helpful to your community, especially those that help to bring everyone together, and those that help your peers succeed in school. I’m curious to find out what members of your school community think about your idea, what needs do they have that your app can address, and any suggestions that they’d have to make what you have better.
Jessica Maissonet 👏 Marketing Manager, Scaled Programs at Google for Education — Emoti-Con Judge
Without a doubt, this app has identified a need in the students' community, and worked to find a solution.
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!
Feedback from the Community:
JOE 👏 a Middle School Student
Ms. Dotel 👏 a Community Member from MSTA
This is so awesome! I can't wait until it becomes reality :)
Brad 👏 a Teacher from New York City
I love the news, calendar, and grades features. This app looks awesome and the video presentation was very well done!
Marla 👏 a Teacher from MSTA
This is a great idea. I like all the information about MSTA in one easy to access app for students. I would suggest an up to date real time weather tile.
Oshiafi 👏 a Teacher from MSTA
Awesome project. Child friendly and easy navigation. Oshiafi
Aguilera 👏 a Teacher
This is amazing work!
👏 a High School Student from Bronx, NY
Love it! Easy access for everyone. I would suggest staff list and how to contact. Can't wait to see this idea become a reality.
Romero 👏 a Teacher
This will be a very helpful app for members of the school community.
Alma 👏 a Teacher
Totally amazing idea. It's like one stop info of the school. Good job!
Laura Ogando 👏 a Technology Professional from NYC DOE, DIIT
I really love the goal of your project and how it could be helpful for the students at your school. I think that most students love the ease of having an app on their phone that would easily allow them to access all the pertinent school information they need. I wonder, in keeping with trying to create an app that meets the needs of students, if there could be a way to get feedback through the app. That way your users (the students from your school) could help make the app even more responsive to their needs. Overall great work! I can see so many students benefitting from this app!
joe-mama 👏 a Middle School Student
i love this project
Candice 👏 a Middle School Student
THIS PROJECT IS AWESOME