OWLET project overview
OpenWorld Learning (OWL) supports children’s school success by tapping the power of digital technology and peer teaching to develop leadership and ignite a love of learning.
- Elementary after-school programs
- Middle school elective classes
In February 2016, after two years as a middle school technology instructor with OWL,
and recognizing similar struggles across all 3 schools,
I tried to learn as much as I could about my fellow middle school OWL teachers' experiences, and got everyone together to brainstorm what was working / how things could be improved.
There are so many facets to this -- behavior management, school culture, lack of resources and support structures, students' home lives, etc --
But one thing we do have some control over is the curriculum content and how we deliver it.*
And all of us had observed ways in which curriculum content & delivery (done right) could mitigate those other factors that lie outside of our control.
*Technology as a K-12 subject has managed to evade the overhead of Common Core Standards. We are all just figuring it out as we go. So, how can we apply & share our learnings?
Owlet was born somewhere inside this question.
<= OWL curriculum (meant to be self-guided)
Kids are frustrated by this format.
Adults are frustrated by this format.
The teacher gets really good at explaining the instructions over & over again, instead of helping students build on it.
- Students learn better when they can actually see someone do that thing on the computer
- Most students (kids and adults alike) need to see/do that thing multiple times to understand it well
- When students understand a thing well enough to use it for their own purposes, they are much more likely to engage with that thing
OWLET aims to get them here,
by facilitating 1 & 2
Every teacher has a different style
Owlet aims to be this link - not the class website.
The goal of Owlet is to deliver really good content, really well.
Empower content creators
- less + bootstrap
- owlet-api (Clojure)
- owlet-chat (Elixir)
- Auth0 (handles login)
- Contentful (CMS)
- Firebase (user roles/assets)
By Michelle Lim