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Phoenix prototype

  1. 1. Project Phoenix I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. - ConfuciusWednesday, 7 November, 12
  2. 2. Background • Project Phoenix arose out of the team’s vested interest in changing the education system in India. • Current education system is dead - rote-based and didactic. • Schools follow a one-size fits all approach to education, without nurturing the unique capabilities of the individual. Children are not explicitly developed to think for themselves and to question information. • The entire system boils down to performance on a standardized test which heavily influences future of individual. • We believe technology, backed by the right conceptual thinking can play a major role in improving the quality & “stickiness” of education. • The advantage of technology is that it is easier to personalize the system - to develop certain core skills so that children may diversify and set forth on their individual journeys.Wednesday, 7 November, 12
  3. 3. Project Phoenix • A social learning platform, that is both interactive & inclusive - It closely monitors student activity throughout the year providing customized and direct metrics to teachers and parents. • Students can partake in various activities such as watching online lectures, discussing important topics, collaborating on projects and answering quizzes. • Flipped Classroom Model: Students review lectures at home and the classroom is used for more collaborative and interactive learning. • Teachers are able to assess student/class performance through our student performance assessor obtained from analyzing student activity. • We act as an assistant to the teacher providing him/her with unique metrics to gain a more holistic understanding of student knowledge and skills. • Parents are provided with a roadmap/outline of childrens courses, analyze performances, and communicate with teachers. • Unlike our competitors, who focus on providing content, we focus on user activity and interactive experience.Wednesday, 7 November, 12
  4. 4. Our Philosophy • There are three major processes in education: • Curriculum: What the school system expects students to learn. • Pedagogy: The process by which the system helps students to learn • Assessment: The process of judging how well they are doing • Most education systems focus on the curriculum and assessment. Project Phoenix will invest heavily in pedagogy - learning and teaching. • Guru-Shishya Parampara (Teacher-Student Symbiosis): Teachers will assume mentorship roles with their students. • Current system uses the banking model: information transfer is unidirectional. • We will have a 360 degree model where teacher guides student and learns from their ideas to further develop teaching methodology. Teacher is not a dictator but a facilitator. Enables students to find their true passion. • "There isn’t a great school anywhere that doesn’t have great teachers working in it. But there are plenty of poor schools with shelves of curriculum standards and reams of standardized tests."Wednesday, 7 November, 12
  5. 5. Low-Fi Prototype • Created wireframes for 3 major dashboards: - Students - Teachers - Parents • Dashboard consists of 3 main views: - Navigation Column - Student/Parent/Teacher Feed - Customizable Widgets • Need-Finding: Conducted face-face and phone interviews with users from the above categories.Wednesday, 7 November, 12
  6. 6. Authentication Form - User Sign-In Page - Can connect with social networks like Facebook, Google+ - Registration requires verification from schoolWednesday, 7 November, 12
  7. 7. Student DashboardWednesday, 7 November, 12
  8. 8. Student Dashboard • Student Feed is an aggregated news-feed from all the student’s courses showing latest activity on the site. • The Phoenix Engine provides student with statistics about usage and performance. • Student Clubs page is home to all the extra-curricular activities such as sports, debate, art, music etc. • My Rewards is a means to incentivize students to use the platform by providing points for activity. • Customizable widgets can be added by the student Eg. Announcements, Calendar, Quick Stats widget.Wednesday, 7 November, 12
  9. 9. Teacher DashboardWednesday, 7 November, 12
  10. 10. Teacher Dashboard • Teacher dashboard is best-suited for consuming content - logging in displays the student performance assessor providing advanced statistics to aid the teacher. • Teacher feed provides him/her with information about what other teachers are posting, areas of heavy student activity and feeds from the Phoenix Engine. • Report Generator allows the teacher to generate custom reports. • Lesson Plan allows the teacher to view/modify her course outline.Wednesday, 7 November, 12
  11. 11. Parent DashboardWednesday, 7 November, 12
  12. 12. Parent Dashboard • Dashboard gives a snapshot of child’s recent activity. • Parent-Teacher Forum provides a medium for parents and teachers to interact. • Parent Feed allows parents to communicate with each other.Wednesday, 7 November, 12
  13. 13. Value Proposition Testing • Conducted interviews with three target customers: - A co-founder of a Math-skills education startup in Bangalore, India. - A school parent - A user of an online learning platformWednesday, 7 November, 12
  14. 14. Notes from Interviews • Internet access is mostly available to upper middle-class families in urban areas. This still comprises a significant population. • Market is crowded with multiple solutions for the classroom with overlapping value propositions. • Most startups in this space offer content tailored to the curriculum, such as audio/visual based presentations, or tutorials. • Marketing of the platform will be very important to differentiate from competition. • Recommendation that as part of our needfinding work, we conduct some user trials where we put the student through the system to see how intuitive they find it. • A lot of parents give children access to the internet for only part of the day or under regulation. • Co-founder of math learning startup found a large number of established schools were resistant to adopting new teaching aids. The suggestion was to focus on new schools which are open to innovative ideas and technologies.Wednesday, 7 November, 12