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[liberationtech] Fwd: Startup in Education-based Apps

Sam King samking at cs.stanford.edu
Thu Feb 23 23:53:46 PST 2012


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Dawson Zhou <zhoud at stanford.edu>
Date: Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 2:01 PM
Subject: Startup in Education-based Apps
To: sl-jobs at cs.stanford.edu


Hi everyone,

A friend of a friend is looking for some help with his startup in
educational tech. You can contact him at Lundeen_Kylan at gsb.stanford.edu if
interested!

Dawson

*ed infinitum (don't worry, we're working on a better name!)*

Educational Technology Software with two parts that are looped together:

Our business intends to take advantage of two important trends. First, we
believe Apple is going to succeed at getting iPads into schools over the
next 3-5 years. Second, all U.S. curriculum is being nationalized in 2014,
which which means no more unique state-to-state testing. This allows every
school in the U.S. to become a potential customer rather than requiring
unique software specific to each state's current requirements.

*Part I*
*1)* *Crowd-sourced teacher curriculum on an intuitive and standardized web
platform*. This would be a place where any teacher could go to build and
download the best curriculum available. The site allows for teachers to
create curriculum (drag-and-drop onto a timeline) that runs on an iPad. The
curriculum on the site is rated objectively by how much it actually
improves student performance, via a mastery quiz at the end of each lesson
after it is taught in the classroom. Currently, teachers are responsible
for creating and grading all of their own curriculum, quizes, tests, etc...
(180 lessons per subject per year)!

*Part II*
2) *Real-time data on student performance.* Students interact with the
teacher via an iPad, which provides real-time data on how the students are
doing, and identifies which students are particularly
struggling/accelerating. The curriculum is adaptive, so when a student
accels, problems move from easier concepts like basic memorization to more
difficult tasks like problem analysis. Likewise, when a student begins to
struggle, the problems are broken down into their most basic parts, helping
the teacher to identify where the student is getting stuck. The software
can also help match students who are accelerating with students who are
struggling for peer-to-peer tutoring. At the end of each lesson, a mastery
quiz sends the performance data back to the system, which then ranks the
lesson based on the percentage of mastery. As a result, teachers know
exactly how their students are doing, and the best lessons rise to the top
of the crowd-sourcing site. The software allows for auto-grading of
homework and automatically uploads scores to an online portal where parents
can view their students performance. No more teachers staying up all night
to grade assignments or surprised moms and dads at parent-teacher
conferences!

*Eventually, our goal is to attract the best talent to education. As
curriculum crowd-sourcing gains momentum, teachers can be compensated each
time their lesson is downloaded. How can we recruit top talent to educating
kids K-12?...Compensate amazing teachers accordingly!

If you, or anyone you know is interested in joining an ed tech start-up
with two awesome cofounders (shameless plug), we would love to connect and
discuss the details! Even pointing us in the right direction would be super
helpful. Thanks!

I look forward to hearing from you,
Kylan

Promo Video:
https://www.box.com/s/h5rkfbpj3rzsnift500o
*Download, unzip, then click on "player.html"

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