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A new way for teachers to keep all their student observations and notes organized, built around their existing classroom workflow.
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 The national dialogue states that “Education in this country is failing.” Many companies right now are creating tools to change or better a teacher, but at BrightLoop we believe that the solution is not to change the teacher, but to support the teacher in the way they already operate.

As a teacher, Molly knew that she could be a better instructor if she could track of all the great student insights she would see daily, using those insights to cater her instruction to the needs of each student. It was frustrating to know what could be done but lack the tools and time to act on all of it. No teacher stands in front of their students with the intention of failing them, every teacher goes in with the best of intentions. BrightLoop is a tool that helps teachers make those intentions come to life.

Marco and Molly have spent a year and a half thinking about the teacher workflow, collaborating with teachers around the country to build BrightLoop, and believe it will make a teacher’s experience better by supporting them in delivering personalized instruction for their students. To learn more about the founders and the story behind BrightLoop check out the video produced by Harvard’s Graduate School of Education below. You can also learn more about how teachers are building the next wave of classroom tools from this Boston Globe article: Startups Focus on Creating Tools for Teachers.

Every contribution helps us make BrightLoop a reality for classroom teachers. Below is a detailed list of what currently exists in the BrightLoop Starter prototype and what your support will help us add to the product, making it ready for teachers later this year!

A teacher's classroom experience is broken down into three areas on BrightLoop. Collecting and capturing student insights and observations, all organized using a simplified representation of the Common Core. Next teachers can review individual student timelines for the tracking of goals, lessons, notes as well as to create reports for communication with administrators and parents. Finally, teachers can plan their class, group, and individual lessons for each subject and day by dropping in lessons onto a schedule.

We need your help to make BrightLoop come to life for teachers in any classroom. Through Kickstarter, we will be able to complete the prototype that currently allows teachers to capture student notes, create lessons, review student timelines, and plan using a schedule for their upcoming lessons. The features currently built are shown above, in addition to the features we hope to include as a part of BrightLoop Starter. Kickstarter funds will be used to help complete the functionality of the app, investing in proper storage and backups for our teacher data, full testing for Web and Mobile screen sizes, improved touch support, and other miscellaneous improvements we'll need to ensure the prototype stands up to the needs of a wider range of teachers once we launch.  We've also currently mapped the Common Core from grades K-5 to our simpler learnable standards format, but we still have work to do in order to provide the same level of organization for grades 6-12.  Stretch goals include hiring a full time developer to help speed up advanced features such as photo and video notes, for the BrightLoop Advanced product. 

Risks and challenges

Our team is small, but we have worked with a number of people passionate about helping us get BrightLoop off the ground, including investors, designers, developers, video producers, and more. So far through personal investment of time and money we've build the initial prototype in the past year but we feel confident that with Kickstarter backer support we can accelerate the development of the product and get it out in a few months.

Some of the biggest current risks we have are that we have not yet tested the software architecture's performance with many teachers using it at once, and will likely need to spend time ensuring data tracking, logging, and backups are secured. Additionally, while we have worked in the past and can continue working with a team of developers, we'd like to find a full time member of the team as a developer, and finding this person may take longer than we expect. Having another person on the team would ensure proper delivery based on our dates and minimize any chance of slipping our promised delivery date.

Our team is confident that we understand the challenges and risks that come with product software development on the web at scale, and have experience working on teams that have mitigated or resolved these risks while in parallel testing the product and growing an initial beta test community.

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    Have a teacher that influenced you or your child’s life? Send us their name and why they were influential in your development and we will add it into a new Thank a Teacher section of our site. We will also send you one of our BrightLoop stickers, and you can choose between the two options we have available (see sticker rewards section in the Kickstarter description.) We will also keep you updated on all new features. NOTE: Anybody can increase their support by $10 to receive BrightLoop stickers in addition to their previously selected reward. Contact us via a message on Kickstarter if you would like a support increase for the purpose of stickers. (Previous "Impact" level backers are automatically eligible for this new reward.)

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    Once BrightLoop is ready, you'll receive access to a full year of BrightLoop's Starter product. Not a teacher? As with all the Kickstarter vouchers we are providing, you can give them to another teacher yourself or ask us to give them to a teacher on your behalf.

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    A number of you have asked for us to incorporate BrightLoop shirts into our rewards as a way to share your involvement in our community. Support at this level is for a shirt of your choice among the three different custom shirt options we've designed for this campaign. We will also keep you updated on all new features. NOTE: Anybody can increase their support by $25 to receive BrightLoop shirts in addition to their previously selected reward. Contact us via a message on Kickstarter if you would like a support increase for the purpose of shirts.

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    Beta Team + Teacher Survival Pack Gift

    Get or give a one year subscription voucher to BrightLoop Starter along with a Teacher Survival Pack. Our Teacher Survival Packs can be mailed along with the BrightLoop Starter voucher anywhere in the US, sent to you or to a teacher you may be gifting this reward to.

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    Curious what to get your child’s teacher or your colleagues for the holidays? This reward is for a Team Gift Box, which includes a triplicate of the contents of the Teacher Survival Pack meant for an entire grade team's worth of teachers. This Gift Box also includes four separate 6 month access vouchers to Brightloop Starter.

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    Individual Lifetime Team Member [Early Bird]

    Support at this level gets you one voucher for full unbilled access to BrightLoop Starter for as long as the service exists. You will get first access to review and learn about new features, including ways to provide feedback on future projects, as well as a big thank you on our website.

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    School Gift Box

    Another potential gift for the teachers in your life this holiday season is for one of our School Gift Boxes, designed for a large team of teachers. School Gift Boxes are an expanded version of the Team Gift Boxes in addition to ten vouchers which each provide 6 months of access to BrightLoop Starter.

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    School Year Gift Box [Early Bird]

    In addition to a School Gift Box, this reward includes ten vouchers valid for a whole year’s worth of BrightLoop Starter, enough for all teachers at a school to use BrightLoop if they would like to.

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    Support at this level includes a Team Gift Box reward, which has four vouchers for unlimited access to the BrightLoop Starter service as long as it exists. It additionally includes four 1:1 personalized support sessions with the BrightLoop team, and last but not least a spot in our Hall of Fame.

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    Get a School Gift Pack which includes twelve vouchers for unlimited access to BrightLoop as long as the BrightLoop Starter service exists. School teams where the vouchers are redeemed will also be eligible for 1:1 sessions with a member of the BrightLoop team each year and a spot in our Hall of Fame.

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