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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. get all students names and contact information from SMS in BCPSS and put them easily into another grading software.

    Get student names and contact info migrated from SMS in BCPSS to another grading software easily and idiotproof

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  2. create a picture seating chart that takes roll via face recognition

    I wish we could also idiotproof and quich and easy way to upload a class list of names and student pictures into another software so that we can print out picture id's for substitutes now we have to pic each picture individually and paste them into our pic folder and then paste them into another document like in Word and then have a pic id list

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  3. 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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  5. Play dialogues for my Spanish class

    It's hard for one person to have a dialogue by herself. When I want to test aural comprehension or introduce conversational vocab in my 8th grade Spanish I class it would be great to have a second person there to talk to. There are plenty of dialogues available online, but they are not exactly aligned to what I am teaching or testing. It would be great if there were an ipad/iphone app that would let me write a dialogue in Spanish (or english or any other language that other teachers might need) beforehand and then speak with the app in…

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  6. Connect to the regions of the United States.

    It would be great to have an app that would describe and show geographically each region as well as be able to compare them. Show what immigrants settled in what area. Visually by graphing show population growth or decline and provide up to date information on what are the strengths and weaknesses of each reason.

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  7. use external generated passwords.

    Primary students can't remember computer generated passwords. Much too difficult.

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  8. Students described their ideal mobile learning app...

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    'The Real Thing' Some students have hard times with subjects, but they don't want to ask teachers. This app would let them watch videos or talk to real professionals about the subjects they're learning in school.
    Grade 6 student, Robert C. Fisler Elementary School, Fullerton, CA

    http://thejournal.com/articles/2011/11/04/if-kids-designed-the-tools.aspx

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  9. Take a list of 60 student names and allocate them into different modules/classes withou having to cut and paste!

    Take a list of 60 student names and allocate them into different modules/classes withou having to cut and paste! For ty!

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  10. Put stock comments into a Google Docs Doc. I have macros for it in Word, but I don't want to have 10 tabs open to access comments.

    I wish there were some kind of gadget that I could put in oft-repeated comments to make feedback on student writing more efficient.

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  11. have some sort of grammar manipulative

    Students should be able to move words/phrases/clauses around by dragging and dropping. Ideally, the teacher can plug in the sample sentences or use some sort of item bank. A drag & drop diagramming component would be great too.

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  12. .. use Cuisenaire rods as a virtual manipulative

    I teach online and would like to have these rods where students can play with them online as they would at their desks.

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  14. highlight the words as you move along reading a book or anything else online but books primarily.

    You could load any online book into the app and the reader could use the spacebar or an arrow key to move a highlight square along the words as she read at your her pace. If you could also have the option to have the highlight box move along at different cadences by itself to help lead the reader that would be a bonus.

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  15. track atendance via an app on my tablet.

    track student atendance via an app on my tablet.

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