Data Coach for Teachers

Data Coach for Teachers, LogoLuis Duarte (HGSE) & Nadine Rubinstein (HGSE)

Teachers and administrators in public schools are under significant pressure to use student-level data (test scores, interim assessments, etc.) to modify their teaching methods. Time is being wasted while educators compile and analyze the data. Our project addresses this through a free, easy-to-understand website or software that educators could use to consolidate their data, analyze their data, and move quickly from analysis to action-planning.

Grow.Us

Jeremy Bhatia (HKS) & Maxwell Bigman (HGSE)

Grow.Us, logoThrough training in soft and hard skills, we prepare students to work on projects in a summer internship. We partner with organizations, and companies to team our group of students with a volunteer mentor from their organization to work through a project. Our organization trains the students, guides them through this project and facilitates the learning in an offsite learning center. Through completion of the project our goal is to expose students to models of success, improve college acceptance, and in school learning outcomes.

How to improve the learning experience in core clerkships at Harvard Medical School?

How to improve medical education, student innovation pilot fund awardTzu-Hung Liu (HMS) & Fan-Yun Lan (GSAS)

Our project focuses on medical students’ core clerkship experiences. We have just conducted the interviews with 15 medical students. These interviews contain topics related to learning and teaching strategies which should be applied in the workplace as well as measures that promote engagement and psychological safety of the training environment. In the following two months, we would transcribe the interviews transcribed and use qualitative research software to analyze them. Based on the themes identified, we can come up with a series of strategic actions for medical school trainees and trainers.

LovelyBooks

David Maher (HBS) and Padaree Utsahajit (HBS)

LovelyBooks, LogoChildren’s picture books are facing increased competition from digital devices and have been largely unchanged for 50+ years. We plan to bring technology and research (e.g. customization of morals by parents) to increase engagement and improve learning outcomes generated by children’s picture books. We have conducted customer research and are working on a prototype of a book that features deep customization (the child’s name and likeness as well as their parent’s likeness will appear in the book) to improve engagement and vocabulary development/learning from the reading experience.

Meet

Meet, logoVish Srivastava (GSD/SEAS) and Chris Turillo (External)

The job market in India is opaque and inefficient, especially for youth in tier II/III cities. Youth are unable to find the jobs they are qualified for and unable to get the information they need to make an informed decision on where to work. Meet is a crowdsourced platform for job-seekers to share and access trusted and relevant information about employers in their local area.

MentorMEd (Mentoring in Medical Education)

Nanda Lucky Prasetya (HMS), Candrika Dini (HMS), Stephanie Hardjo (HGSE), Jane Tjahjono (HKS)

MentorMEd, LogoMentorMEd is a phone app for mentorship combining mutual ‘like’ feature and matching tags percentage. It is hard to find mentors or collaborators for projects in Indonesia. This platform hopes to catalyze the research through real passion and curiosity for the medical community. Users will be asked for their expectations and commitment in mentorship. Computer will calculate how many tags are matched for those two parties. Users also will be given choices about prospective mentors/mentee, which they can choose to like or dislike. If both parties like each other, they will match and be able to converse without identifying information to reduce bias.

myDev

Merry Chin (HGSE) & Adrija Navarro (GSAS)

myDev, logoTo tackle the problem of millennial employee turnover, we are working on a web-based application that focuses on professional learning development through monthly one-on-one conversations between an employee and their manager. Our web application software will encourage employee agency and autonomy in one’s growth by prompting thoughtful questions and conversation starters between employees and managers both online and offline. We are currently in the research and development stage. Through questionnaires and prototype studies, we are seeking to understand what people lacked and what they appreciated most about their learning and development in past/current work experiences.

Rise: the membership

Rise, LogoJulia Starr (HGSE) and Stephanie Hardjo (HGSE)

Rise: the membership is an online community and learning platform for soon-to-be and recent female college grads interested in learning life skills partnered with an awareness for spiritual and personal growth. Our current focus is testing the user experience of our membership platform and investing in key features as well as developing customer personas.

STEM Finder

STEMFinder, logoIsaiah Baldissera (HGSE) and Debo Odunlami (HGSE)

The lack of students moving from an interest in STEM to a STEM career is problematic. We plan to curate the best free STEM learning resources for students (videos, tutorials, MOOCS, documentaries, career profiles) in one place, and connect them in a way that encourages exploration.

T3alMENA

Dina Masri (HGSE) and Haneen Abdo (HGSE)

Through storytelling and mentorship, we are connecting Arab youth with leaders they look up to by hearing relatable stories and receiving guidance in Arabic. This will not be translated content, rather content from Arabs in their native language. We are also in discussing the possibility of focusing on women in the MENA.

TodayDream

Chika Okafor (GSAS) and Keturah Gadson (College)

TodayDream, logoStudents still do not see enough examples of young, college-educated, talented minorities. This situation erodes students’ belief in the power of their own dreams, putting a ceiling on their potential. Phase one of TodayDream consists of a dynamic web portal to connect schools/orgs with nearby talented minorities, mobile app for participating speakers and other talented minorities to build community & foster alliances among themselves, and partnerships with corporations, nonprofits, and government agencies to provide speakers to join our community, as well as access our repository of minority talent to promote diversity in hiring.

xStorying

Jingwen Xie (HGSE), Jiayi Hu (HGSE), and Lucy Yip (GSD)

xStorying, team photoSeeing passive learning and associated poor expressive capacity among young children, we plan to develop an app to encourage and facilitate children’s active learning and socio-emotional development through gamified storytelling activities. Collaborating with professionals from Harvard Graduate School of Education, we have developed 5 levels of storytelling and have designed picture books and rubrics corresponding to each level. Activities across all the levels include daily training sessions, where children could develop stories for wordless picture books by answering well-designed questions as well as weekend practice sessions, where parents and children work together to produce pictures and stories. To sustain interest in the app, we have built a gamified system enabling children to pet virtual animals in the app. Their performance at the storytelling activities (e.g., the reward points mentioned before) will be associated with the food they get for their animals.