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After about 9 years in the ad tech space, I segued into Product Management on both the advertising side and now for the Core App experience at Tinder. Throughout my Product Management career, I have had a passion for UX/UI, and have done everything from ideating new ad formats, building internal tools, and building unique shared mobile experiences.
I think that this app could be a great jumping off point for exploring how teachers and students could stay connected, as well as keep them on track towards certain goals. For example, in the student profile, could you connect students with similar interests? Could you place a flag on your profile saying that youre looking for a study partner for a particular subject? Could you have students set goals on their profiles and have a goal tracker towards those goals? For example, if someone wanted to make honor roll, could there be a feature that says You need to get at least a B in Math and History in order to get onto the honor roll? Or if youre in high school, you could put in your top college choices, and have a tracker that logs your likelihood of getting in based on your current aggregate GPA? Perhaps a teacher could get an alert if a student is in danger of not reaching those goals, and can provide extra assistance? There are so many opportunities for growth (depending on the direction you want to take it next), and what the team has laid out here sets a great foundation for building on the tools to help students succeed.
I really like the practicality of this idea, and it could certainly be a game-changer for those students who have so many external responsibilities to school that it can be hard to keep up. In thinking about those students, I think there is definitely the opportunity for social change and lifting those students up. Keep up the good work!
Robert is a Product Manager for RIA in a Box where he leads key new product developments and enhancements for their industry leading financial compliance software. Before that, Robert graduated from Harvard College in 2020 with a degree in Applied Math and Economics with a secondary degree in Computer Science. In his free time, Robert loves to adventure, play sports, and discuss his favorite television shows.
I love how you selected a topic immediately relevant to you as students: Education. By doing so, you were able to leverage your own experiences and difficulties to construct a solution to would positively impact you, your classmates, and your teachers. In designing an education application for mobile, I'd be interested in learning more about what students and teachers would like to complete 'on-the-go' with a mobile application and what they may want to continue doing on computers or tablets. With those computer applications, how would your application interact or integrate? For example, let's say students will continue to want to write essays or complete other assignments on their computer. How would that work than be uploaded into your mobile application? Would you want to integrate with Google Drive or One Drive? Or what about creating website or other desktop platform? As another future research initiative, I'd be interested to hear from students and teachers from other schools to see if this application would be appealing for them. This would assure that your building a tool with wide application and scalability.
Overall, incredible job! You identified an immense and difficult problem and used your critical thinking and design skills to built a super cool and practice solution. Kudos to the team!
Eric Lewis is the Engineer Of Things at Power Home Remodeling where he focuses on cyber security. He is also a Hacker, Programmer and Maker. Board member of DEFCON 610, a member of TOOOL, and 2600. When he is not breaking things, he likes to teach others programming, fixing, hacking and other useful skills.
Doug studied Computer Science as an undergrad at Princeton University and earned a PhD in Computer Science and Computational Neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon. He now works as a software engineering manager at Google, trying to keep the search engine fast and reliable.
One thought I had is that you could take this a step further and incorporate a homework scheduling system into the app. Projects might have time estimates and students could update it with their progress. In the calendar they could indicate how much time they are budgeting for homework each day, and the system could create a work schedule for them that helps them figure out that they had better start on that long-term project today because they are going to be busy with other things for the next few days. Anyway, just throwing ideas out there for how you could build on your initial design to make this a really killer app for students and teachers.
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