Providing students access to new ways of learning, so that every student, regardles of ability, can learn in a way that suits them best.
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1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?
Kids love to learn, but every child enjoys learning in different ways. Currently within the classroom there are many different ways to learn, whereas at home texbooks are the only option. This lack of diversity means children are unable to get work done, either because of a disabilty that makes reading difficult, or because they dislike reading from a texbook. We are fixing this problem because education is what shapes our children, our future.
2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.
We are developing a platform where students can access their learning material in an audio format. Our platform is being designed with students who have disabilities in mind. Kids of all ages will find it easy to access the information they need in the way they want. We believe giving accesss to auditory learning at home will vastly improve many students learning experiance. The benefits range from giving people with dyslexia, or blindness, access to valueable information that textbooks provide to giving other kids a break from the monotony of reading, and getting them excited about learning in ways that they may prefer.
3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?
Asher- As a child I was very hyperactive and had lots of difficulty sitting down to do my homework. As I grew older I found that I had no difficulty listening to music or podcasts for hours on end. For me, listening was just easier than reading because I didn't feel confined in a chair. I spoke to a classmate of mine who had quite a different viewpoint.
Freddy- I was always very studious. As my classes got tougher, I was looking for more ways to fit studying into my schedule. A conversation with Asher led me to the idea of listening to my material on the bus on my way to and from school, maximizing my study time...
We found that there was no program that offered what we needed, so we explored the possibility of doing it ourselves. While doing so we realized we could help more than just two kinds of people. This turned a creative solution into a mission to help students everywhere.
4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”
5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.
A child who is dyslexic currently has a very difficult time doing homework from a textbook. Using our program, the child will be able to complete their homework without their disability getting in the way.
6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?
There is no other service that is offering what we are offering. Aditionally, our program helps students with and without disabilities, while many other programs focus solely on one.
7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?
We plan to work very closely with school districts to be able to get feedback from both students and teachers on how we can improve our service for them.
8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?
We are currently talking with members of the Maryland State Department of Education about running a pilot program in one of their school districts. We hope to garner valueable information from this pilot and be able to expand to the whole state.
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