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Getting Started

Getting Started

By: Caterina Zampa

Stanford University

Getting Started

Last summer, three of us, Caleb, Sam and Cate, attended the Silicon Valley Innovation Academy at Stanford University. The program’s goal is to have students come up with ideas that could benefit our society in the future. Basically, we had to team up, think big and explore a potential, world-changing innovation opportunity.

Despite our widely diverse backgrounds, we all grew up with a strong belief in the life-changing power of education. We decided to focus on the prospects of learning and education, brainstorming what learning should be today and how education should be structured to fulfill its goals. The current education system in the United States has seen no change since the rise of the industrial revolution. We believe that the one-size-fits-all model needs to be reconsidered leveraging the potential provided by state-of-the-art technologies. As diversity keeps growing, a more versatile and flexible curriculum is essential to help students with different talents and interests thrive and build on their unique strengths.

Across the 7-week program, we developed a project for a start-up that we called Lecturely, a personalized dashboard for adaptive learning in schools. The solution Lecturely brings forward is a technological platform to track a student’s interests over time and develop an adaptive curriculum catered to their interests, while allowing teachers to track students’ progress and provide one-on-one support in the students’ areas of difficulty. In our prototypes of student and teacher dashboards, the student classes are individually adapted to their learning pace and interests, while the teacher dashboard displays information on troubles faced by each student.

Inspired by a professor from MIT and the founder of DriveLeader, Lecturely became an ongoing project. We decided to take more people on board. Jason joined the co- founders’ group bringing along his enthusiasm and experience. We believe that the biggest challenge of tomorrow’s world will be to give diverse young people an education system able to make them fulfilled persons and independent thinkers.