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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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