The story so far
As teachers, we noticed that students are disorganised, lessons don’t start on time and homework isn’t recorded or completed. Organisational ability is costing students the grades they need to succeed. Employers claim that school leavers and graduates don’t have the necessary skills to cope in the workplace. What if there is a product that helps students develop those skills and take ownership of their learning and lives?
We started to develop our product, Student Life, as a platform that organises students. We took our ideas to the ed-invent 2014 competition and reached the national finals, where we pitched our idea to a group of educators, investors, and developers.
Our plan was to develop a platform to securely interact with school and colleges’ Management Information Systems to provide the student (and their parents) with live information about their timetables. It would also allow homework to be pushed to the student’s device by the teacher, annotated, a schedule arranged, and even to work collaboratively with others. It collates information about behaviour and attainment so the student knows exactly how they are doing.
We received excellent feedback about our ideas and we worked to improve it further, driven by our belief that students are empowered by the data they have access to, and empowerment equals improved attainment, improved engagement, and improved independence.