As you know, our world is a little hectic right now, but I realized I wanted to be on the right side of history, by coming up with a solution. And what really caught my attention was the sudden shift to online learning in the age of COVID.
Personally, I struggled with the first wave last year: I had senioritis, my teachers were stressed after having to move their entire curriculum and suddenly I had a lot of links and emails coming at me - I was lost and found myself being absent from most of my classes.
Turns out I wasn’t alone. After doing a ton of research, I learned that several school districts are struggling with Chronic Absences and Disengagement with their remote classes. And it’s often caused by issues that are beyond their reach to address: such as personal circumstances (work, sibling care), inadequate technology, lack of communication channels with students and teachers, emotional health, while some kids even found the suddenly digitized curriculum assignments to be ‘tedious,’ and dropped out.
Distance learning isn't ideal, but it can be improved.
What it does
Goldfish is a classroom management and communications app that aims to streamline remote learning, while making it more accessible. The data is mainly teacher-reported, optimizing the experience, as well as reliability and accuracy of our data reports (crucial as schools are frantically seeking other solutions or giving up on attending and grades a whole - which is detrimental for student success).
How I built it
I used Figma for the very first time! I have a little bit of experience with coding, but realized submitting a 90's looking website was probably not the best course of action in coming up with a viable solution that can help out society, specifically, education.
Challenges I ran into
Learning curves! This is my first ever Hackathon through Devpost, but boy, has it been an adventure.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
Navigated new domains, including Figma, Vimeo, and Devpost without passing out. On a more serious note, I am really proud of the end product. It started out as a student incentivization app to motivate students to excel academically, and it evolved to being a streamlined resource for educators and students with distance learning as a whole.
What I learned
While doing research for this project, I learned that there are several factors to chronic absences with distance learning, and how much it affects those without the resources. No one should be deprived of learning, and I am even more motivated now to strengthen solutions.
What's next for Goldfish
Hopefully, I can work with a development team to create the app, crowdfund and begin seeking partnerships with schools. I am super excited for the future of Goldfish