We are trying to equip students with a tool that will allow them to excel in school. This tool, or App, will give students the ability to easily create a schedule to keep track of homework assignments. The current problem facing students is that they are sometimes unable to keep track of all their homework assignments, and have trouble staying on track or keeping a strict schedule. This App gives them the tools necessary to achieve their academic goals by allowing them to track homework due dates and adjust how much of an assignment has been completed on the fly. After talking with teenaged students, we found that 90% of them would use an App that could help them to keep track of their homework. 80% of students currently keep track of their homework in a tangible notebook. We envision switching away from the tangible notebook as a way to keep track of homework to homework tracking in a digital environment, where students can remotely access their homework assignments and share what is due with their peers.
Lily B, Junior at GCE Chicago
Bio: Lily almost always completes her homework on time, and on the off chance that she does not, it is due to a communication breakdown in terms of what the teacher assigned and what she writes down. She currently looks at all her homework assignments online, but would be willing to using an App to help track her homework if it was significantly better, easier and made doing homework more organized.
Goals: Lily would like to never miss another homework assignment due to miscommunication. She currently spends around two hours a night on homework, but thinks she could reduce that time if she had a stricter, more organized schedule.
Frustrations: Lily is frustrated with her inability to plan ahead and create a schedule. Currently, all of her homework assignments are written down in an online notepad, which does not allow her to plan ahead or put assignments or schedules into a calendar. Lily would like to have a structured schedule so she can find time to do her homework in her busy daily life.
-Organize homework assignments
-Simple to use
-Easy Contact with teachers with questions about homework
-List homework and due date in a spreadsheet format
-Prioritize assignments with rankings with 1-5 stars
-Show progress with percentages
-Give details of each assignment
– Ability to E-mail teachers quickly and efficiently
The users liked the App a lot. Darrion, Abdul and Mateo tested our prototype, and thought this app would be very useful. They were a bit upset that it wasn’t actually an app. These students typically forget some of their homework assignments that is why I tested this prototype on them. They said it was easy, straight to the point and had very good features. The only thing they would add was the ability to connect with teachers more easily, so we added that feature to our prototype.
This App solves our problem by allowing teachers to place their homework into it through the computer. They log into the app and place homework into the calendar. When a student signs in, they can see their class schedule with their current homework assignments. The teachers can add due dates, details and other vital information about the assignments. The student can click on the assignment, and can see everything the teacher has posted. Finally, students can e-mail their teachers from the assignment details page if communication is necessary.
This is our app