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Education Hack Day
On Nov 12 + 13, 2011, over 100 software developers and designers will be getting together to build apps to help teachers and schools.

To help us figure out what to build, we’d like to have teachers and school officials submit some of their problems (we know this list could be quite long so think of ways technology might help).

For example, you might say, “I wish it was easier for us to schedule parent / teacher conferences.” Or, “I wish it was easier to get permission slips signed for field trips and waivers.

We also invite you to check out ideas that have already been submitted and “vote them up” or comment on them so we can get a broader view of what you teachers really want.


Full Website: http://EducationHackDay.org

  1. Create a database of good story problems

    It's hard to think of good, rigorous story problems for students. It would be nice to have a database curriculum writers could use to enter and organize the story problems. Teachers in the district could log on and print off relevant problems for use in the classroom.

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  2. schedule all of the "events" or "assignments"

    in a course so that students could work at their own pace (but be prompted to keep working). Kinda like a step by step recipe or like the dailylit model where I can create the sequence and then students subscribe and work at a pace they define (daily, weekly, etc.)

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  3. lock prekindergarten aged children into a webpage or website.

    There are many great websites that are appropriate for preschool/prekindergarten aged children. The problem is that they begin clicking on everything and end up out of the site you have chosen. When working with a large group in a computer lab setting it is too hard to monitor every child to keep them in the correct website. I would like to see a program that would allow me to lock the children into certain sites or webpages so they do not end up off task. Many of the children I teach have never seen a computer and don't understand even…

    19 votes
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  4. Help develop a program for non speaking autsim students

    I would like to see a program where during lessons
    and activities the students could easily communicate
    and interact with other students during circle time
    , lessons, etc. Many of these devises are very
    expensive and not available to the schools.

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  6. schedule meetings and collect data for Student Support Team to keep track of students behavior improvements and academic progress

    There is currently a struggle to get current data from teachers and to get parents to show to meetings. It would be great to have something that would track the data better and also make it easier to keep track of scheduled meetings to get parents more involved and communicate progress to parents.

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  7. I wish that I could keep all my files in one place (ex. grades, attendance, permission forms)

    I wish that I could keep all my files in one place (ex. grades with attendance, permission forms, lesson plan book). This would make it easier to see what students missed. It also would allow all information to be housed in one place instead of 5 different programs.

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  8. Science animations in HTML5

    Almost every animation online (from mitosis, meiosis, seasons, moon phases, states of matter - you name it!) are all flash.

    Many teachers have classroom sets of iPads but still need to walk down to the clunky computer lab to learn from animations.

    12 votes
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  10. Grade and Track Data

    The City Link System is not very user friendly in terms of generating answer keys for teacher-developed tests, and the only machine for grading is located in the principal's office. We have a scan-tron machine, but almost never have the actual scan-tron sheets and there is no way to digitally track data without manual input.

    I wish there was a program that allowed me to create a test and an answer key and use my own scanner (3 in 1 print/scan/copy deal) to scan, grade, itemize and manipulate data. This would save me HOURS of doing all the grading and…

    8 votes
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  11. Generate intervention guides for teachers based on response data from city-wide benchmarks.

    DataLink provides a break-down of student responses for every test item. It would be useful to translate this into a guide that listed every question, the standard, the number of students who selected each response item and the names of students who answered incorrectly. I already have a template for the guide. Moneymaker

    11 votes
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  12. 3 votes
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  13. 4 votes
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  14. find literary arts resources throughout the region.

    There are so many disparate literary resources in our region and so many opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic and metro D.C. and Baltimore areas that keeping track of what is going on as far as readings, festivals and opportunities for publishing is a daunting task. If there were some kind of search mechanism devoted only to literary organizations and offerings or some kind of app for a cell phone, it would make it much easier to find out what is going on and where and what opportunities are available not just for writers but for young writers. I've tried one small…

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  15. Share work and projects with parents/family and other teachers.

    So many projects are completed and sent home and nobody gets to see them but me. I want to connect the families with the classroom more. Show work of all students, share ideas, etc.

    Could it be scanning documents, photographing work, shooting videos... then uploading them to a site where a small description would be - and then an electronic notice sent to families? Families could then send the link to grandma and such.

    It should be easy enough that non-tech savvy teachers could do it with the little spare time they have - and easy and accessible enough for…

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