An App/Software Project
By Diarra S.
a Middle School Student from Mouse & DIIT Design League @ MS 301
About this Project:
Because of remote learning I have to go on a lot of different apps everyday. An app for ELA, another for math, another for social studies, another for science, and the list goes on and on. An app for each subject. I wanted an app with everything in one.
Adults always think they have to set learning goals for us. Study Help shows that we even though we are “kids” can set our own learning goals and be take control of our learning. Also every subject doesn’t have to be separate because they are really all connected.
Feedback from the Judges:
Deveena Sood 👏 BFA Integrated Design Student at Parsons School of Design Senior — Emoti-Con Judge
I love this project so much! I am super passionate about education and understanding how we can include the perspective of children in designing educational content. I totally agree with you that kids can take responsibility for their learning. You might enjoy my thesis! (https://www.newschool.edu/parsons/work/deveena-sood/) I love how well thought out the app is and the user's journey. I like that each person fills out things that they need help with so that the learning is tailored to them and the study buddy provides great support. I wonder if we might consider gamifying the app? It could be useful to look at other educational apps for inspiration, to see how they create an incentive for people to come back to the app. Duolingo for example encourages users to maintain a streak. Maybe the app could reward you in some way? Love the project and seeing your process! Keep up the good work.
Saul Einbinder 👏 Technology Lecturer at Self-Employed — Emoti-Con Judge
This is a great problem to tackle, and I like how you go about creating an app to solve this problem. (I love your engaging video, too!) You have given thought to screen layouts and what the student enters. I would love to see an example screen showing how the app provides help when you are struggling to answer practice questions.
What you have been doing here, designing how an app should look and operate, is the job of a Product Manager. It is a vital role in almost every technology company. Keep up the good work!
Nilanjan Bhattacharya 👏 Development Manager at Mouse — Emoti-Con Judge
I thought the concept was great and very timely -- after all, who doesn't know about the struggles students have had to go through during the year of the pandemic? The design process was clear and well-explained. The video was well-made and attention-grabbing. I would like to see some practical examples of how the app can help a student with his or her study needs. All in all, this is an app idea that has great potential!
Joey Raiton 👏 Education Modernization Head of Design at Facebook — Emoti-Con Judge
Diarra – your ideas to support other students just like yourself who prefer extra support when working alone are spot on during our current remote learning educational climate. A study buddy that could join you to solve difficult problems would be extremely helpful when teachers aren't as readily available to lead their students through complex lesson plans. My favorite part of your presentation were the detailed diagrams – which we call "wireframes" in the graphic design industry that I work in. It would be exciting to realize your app through an online "wireframe building tool" such as "www.figma.com," "www.lucidchart.com," and "www.wireframe.cc" – I use all of these in my work every day as a designer for Facebook's education team, and they truly come in handy! I could see your work shining even brighter if you took some time to use the "free" versions of these and flesh your ideas out further. That being said, I thought your slides and attention to detail was wonderful!! Congrats, and keep going with your ideas 👏👏👏