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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

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  1. Get permission slips signed and returned

    When you have a field trip or you need something signed by parent like a photo release, it is very difficult to get secondary students to get it to their parents and returned. Build an app to create the Field trip etc. document and some way for the parent to send it back quickly from their smart phone, text, computer to the teacher directly.

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    • Grade rubrics or group project using my computer but then be able to have separate reporting sheets to hand back to the individual students

      Grade rubrics or group project using my computer but then be able to have separate reporting sheets to hand back to the individual students

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      • 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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        • monitor target language use in the FL classroom/ promote target language use

          As a language teacher I push my students to speak in the language but they respond best to a points system. It is very difficult to monitor all student speech and continually update positive/negative effort.

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          • 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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            • 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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              • 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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                • 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…

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                  • 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*

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                          • 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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                            • 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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