Tell us about your idea
An integrated platform which aims at solving problems faced by teachers as well as students in remote learning, that we have understood during the current pandemic.
It is important for the students to be connected amongst themselves as well as with teachers, beyond just study.
Being the guinea pigs of the remote learning experiment ourselves, we identified problems that we faced as well as observed amongst younger students
1 The lack of interaction between students
As we walk inside a physical classroom we are always greeted by our classmates and peers with a warm smile, this boosts our mood as well as sets the tone for the rest of the day. Remote learning has completely eradicated this.
2 Creating empathy between students and teachers
A teacher acts as a support system for the students, apart from the curriculum, they also provide emotional and mental boost to the students. This is very difficult with no face to face interaction or non tangible interaction through a screens
3 In-class interaction between teachers and students
The student teacher interaction that takes place during lectures help clarify doubts and even stimulates the interest in the subject. The existing remote learning takes place on platforms for video conferencing, not providing the right tools for stimulating two way interactions during lectures
4 Unsure about student's understanding of subject and reduced attention span of students
Spending time in front of a digital screen makes it monotonous for students makes them lose attention, teachers may not be aware of this due to lack of physical presence, it is important to make it interesting to keep the students attentive.
What will interACT do?
1. Chat rooms for students to interact before and after class
This will help them stay connected beyond the studies, along with categories for type of chat room - casual or for teamwork
2. Mood journaling for students using stickers and text - in a fun and simple way
This will help teachers to know how the students are feeling and also help students communicate their emotions - and even get a better understanding of their mood. The parents will also be notified incase the students are not in a pleasant mood along with some tips to help them.
3. Interactive cue cards
example gestures like raising hand for asking question, yes no answers, cannot hear, emphasise other technical difficulties etc, these cue cards can be used during online lectures
4. Pop up interaction
Surprise pop up exercises/ questions can be asked by the teacher between the lecture with time restrictions to answer. This will increase interaction between students and the teacher, help the teacher understand if the students are paying attention and understanding the topic. It will also make the students attentive, and help teachers to further explain the topics.
5. Parents interact
Parents will also have chatrooms, will get notified about their child's assignments and activities to keep track of their performance and growth
Having easy integrated platform will make it easy for schools to quickly adopt remote learning and also makes it easy for them to monitor digital classroomsThe platform will also have integrated calendar, video calling ability, cloud storage for sharing materials and activities. Reducing the hassle of using multiple platforms for such activities.This can help administration to address the problem of shortage of teachers and get global connectivity of teachers.
The platform will enhance communication and take it beyond just the bare essential of lectures.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
We are strategic design students with a passion to bring about meaningful changes around us. Being students ourselves, experiencing the problems ourselves we wanted to come up with a solution that would work not only for us but also students of K-12.
We found inspiration everywhere around us, from the shift in our lifestyle, podcasts, posts, articles to looking at children struggling with education right now. We have been pondering about the new normal and the urgency of changing systems to fit to dynamic needs. What better time to re-think the way education is provided around the world than now!