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“Peace Pocket” Gun Violence Awareness & Prevention App
The Peace Pocket App is a social media based app aimed at educating and connecting people who want to raise awareness about gun violence in their communities. Students developed the idea after creating a gun violence awareness “online zine”.
This project collected news headlines in the New York area, as well as, student written poetry and celebrity instances of gun violence. The students were extremely motivated to create an app that addressed gun violence in their own neighborhoods. The app has several important features including a message board for people to congregate and communicate on issues. Additionally, it includes an information center for people to get informed about gun violence and protest events in their area.
One of the most important features is a “hero mode” designed to live track instances of gun violence in the community so that app users can keep themselves and their loved ones safe. Users can create an account or use the app as a guest. The overall goal is to educate community members and creating a safe space for discussions about preventing future gun violence.
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Serena Robinett is an Education Specialist at Soundtrap, a Spotify company. She works with districts, schools, and teachers to support them in utilizing Soundtrap in their classrooms. She aspires to support teachers and students in developing their creativity and sharing their individual voices by using Soundtrap. Prior to joining Soundtrap, Serena was the Instrument Music Director at a middle school in Queens and a technology teacher at a K-8 school in Harlem.
Lev Parsons is a physics and astronomy educator in both formal and informal spaces. Since 2018 he has developed 3 educational apps available on the iOS app store and is currently working on a startup whose mission is to democratize VR education. When he’s not working on tech projects, he loves designing and sewing costumes.
Kate is the Director of Instructional Design in the Boot Camps division of online education provider, 2U. She oversees the development of intensive short courses that teach adults in-demand technology skills. She's worked at the intersection of media, tech and education for over 15 years and obsesses over the ways those things influence our culture--and how we can harness them for good! Before working at 2U, Kate was lucky enough to geek out on this stuff with fellow nerds at Mouse, the San Francisco Film Society and the Jacob Burns Film Center.