My plan for the future of Education Technology
The use of technology in modern education is poorly implemented. All-in-one learning management systems (LMS) are not currently available, and existing LMS are plagued with bugs. When schools attempt to use LMS from multiple providers for separate functions, the entire system falls out of sync. I plan to revolutionize the LMS by providing a complete and stable platform for administrators, teachers, parents, and students. This may involve years of development and cost thousands of dollars, but the result will be well worth it. My outline for the future of technology in education involves three primary stages.
I have been hard at work on the first stage of my plan: desktop and mobile applications for students to manage their schedule, grades, and assignments. The apps will sync using iCloud, with Dropbox and other cloud providers coming later. The apps will be available for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch later this year.
Cloud Platform & Teacher Apps
The next stage in my plan for education involves developing a stable cloud platform to sync between both the Student and Teacher versions of my software. Teachers will be able to upload class schedules, daily agendas, seating charts, attendance, assignments, due dates, projects, quizzes, tests, exams, and more. The students can connect with their teachers using the student app, and will receive all of this info in a reliable and intuitive manner. Students can turn in assignments from the app(s) to be graded by the teacher, and the teacher may review an assignment, annotate the assignment with feedback, and post a grade on the same page. The student can then view the annotations and respond accordingly. This system will take many years to implement, and crowd funding will be required to make this stage possible.
Stage 3 of my plan involves building a web platform that can be accessed by students, parents, and teachers and managed by district administrators. This platform would allow district-wide setup and use of the system. Web portals can be customized for each individual district, and each district will have their own website designed to integrate with the cloud system. Students, Parents, Teachers, and Administrators all have their own custom homepage, with multiple themes and styles. Students can now view all of their classes, grades, assignments, and attendance in one intuitive view. Parents can see info on all of their children in one view, even if enrolled in separate schools. Teachers can view and manage all of their students, and send messages to individuals or the entire class. Teachers can also create a public class homepage, to share announcements and assignments. Finally, Administrators can customize and post to the district website, as well as view website stats, in their dashboard.
This plan is a massive challenge for just one person, and I need help to bring it into reality. If you are a developer, programmer, designer, engineer, or other technical expert and are willing to help, please contact me. If you do not have skills in computer technology and/or would like to support the project in other ways, please consider leaving a donation. Every penny matters when building a reliable and complete LMS.