Jessica, Sara, and Samanta
Our inspiration for Quill came from the heavy workload we were just recently introduced to, in our International Baccalaureate courses. In these classes we are expected to read a book our junior year, and remember that information during our exams at the end of senior year. This allowed us to come up with "Quill," in which we will be able to easily access information in an organized manner.
What it does
Quill is an app designed to help students annotate books. This book could be an assignment in class or just a general book that the user is reading/interested. This application is important because it allows the user to easily access the information inserted. No need to look back and forth between pages to find specific quotes or key ideas in a novel. Annotating and looking for notes can be done effortlessly. The main goal is to make note-taking/ annotating feasible for the user.
How we built it
The process of the development of the application consisted of breaking up our working days into several different designated subjects. Our first working days mostly consisted on focusing on the layout of the application. For example, setting up the buttons, and components needed to allow the application to function as desired. The new portion of working consisted on getting the button to work, and have its desired affect. Next, we encountered an obstacle which involved an issue with the save button. We had to communicate with multiple advisers in order to confront this issue. The process consisted of breaking down several work days in order to focus on certain aspects of the application one at a time.
Challenges we ran into
To begin with, it was an endeavor to work with the coding program. Confusion is the best way to explain how the atmosphere was like at the beginning of the application. During the coding we had difficulties figuring out how to save data, without having the same data save twice. The delete button when clicked on would delete all the information plugged into the application. It would not delete the specific information that we desired.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are very proud of the fact that we were able to work around our original obstacles and create a successful prototype. "Quill" essentially works at its core as originally planned. A student can add an entry and save their quote and annotation, and have it saved to their device for easy, on the go access. Other accomplishments include overcoming particular coding troubles, such as the double save issue and the deleting all memory issue.
What we learned
From this experience we learned a variety of new things. We learned how to use the MIT App Inventor software. In this we learned how to code, and use coding gimmicks, such as knowing how to use a tinyDB properly. We also learned how to cooperate in a team-oriented challenge,communicating cohesively among fellow group members and communicating with our teachers/advisers whenever we encountered a problem or had a question. We learned how to come up with alternative solutions, and how to handle difficult encounters along the way. For example, in our original plans we had decided to create a tagging system, but were unable to and decided that the best choice was to plan to work on it in the near future.
What's next for Quill (Jessica, Samanta, Sara)
In our original plans we had wished to incorporate a tagging system, but we were unable to do so. We wish to incorporate this asset through further development of our application. In this tagging system users would be able to tag their post based on literary devices, tone, language, rhetorical devices, and etc. We would also incorporate a more social aspect to the application, in which users will be able to login, and access their information from different devices. This will also allow student and teacher interaction to be more efficient. For example, we would like to develop a platform so that a teacher can share their annotation's with a student, for studying purposes. Furthermore, this program would allow the teacher to view the student's annotations, a way to track their progress.