Concept: What else is out there like it?How is yours similar?How is yours different? How does yours improve on what exists?
I’m researching on current interactive and non interactive educational tools available on the internet and used by my mother to explain chemistry concepts such as stereochemistry, chemical reactions to the 6th and 9th grade students. Here are few of the tools that I’m currently looking at Chem draw – it helps draw chemical reactions using various draw tools and share your research with the world in few keys , Bjyu’s learning app and khan academy – unique customized experiences for individuals, ted ed : animation videos, Jmole . My mother also uses ball and stick and stick models, asks the kids to enact as molecules to explain certain concepts and draws diagrams on boards to explain concepts such as chemical reactions at a molecular level, chemical bonds which are difficult to visualize.
My project concept is on similar lines but the outcome and goals are different as my project focuses on promoting group activities and design unique experiences that will help the kids visualize the concepts at a molecular level. I will also make sure that the experience will cater seamlessly to all children regardless of their age, ability and status in life.
Audience: What audience is it for? Be specific about your intended users and location of use
My mother and her friend together conduct professional science classes for a competitive exam in India . They teach 6th and 9th students. My mother expressed her difficulty in helping students visualize various chemistry concepts. My speculative interactive learning tools will make learning fun and easy for these children and teaching chemistry concepts would no longer be time consuming for the teachers. The unexpected format will encourages interactive group activities and makes the kids understand the chemistry concepts better. My intended users and location of use is very specific as I have a specific problem statement.
Context: What is the world/context/ market that your project lives in?In your initial research, have you found something you didn’t expect? Is it an interesting path to follow?
I am currently reading the book Technology and Social Inclusion: Rethinking the Digital Divide by Mark Warschauer. The writer examines the relationship between information and communication technology and social inclusion. The content of this book is helping me develop a great sense of understanding on social inclusion. There are several examples of successful and unsuccessful efforts of social inclusion mentioned in this book. I understood that Digital Divide is marked not only by physical access to computers and connectivity but also by access to to the additional resources that allow people to use technology well. However the original sense of digital divide, which attached overriding importance to the physical availability of computers and connectivity rather than to issues of content, language, education, literacy or community and social resources, is difficult to overcome in people’s minds. These thoughts have made me more conscious about my effort towards designing an inclusive Design solution.
Content: What do you need to know about the content/story? Do you know where/how to find this content or develop this story?
I have my mother and her friend as the biggest content providers. I plan to take a detailed interview of my mother and her friend who conduct the science classes for a national level competitive exam. I will also interview few of their students to learn about their expectations and their experiences trying to comprehend certain chemistry concepts.
Tech: What do you need from a tech standpoint? Do you have the required tech skills to do this project?
In terms of the tech – I am experienced in UX/Ui design, graphic design , and spatial augmented reality which would be the basis for my deliverables. Few of my solutions might include using leap motion for gesture control which I haven’t explored before.
Timeframe &Scope: How long do you think your idea will take to implement? Is 14 weeks enough? If it’s too much for the time.. Are there any discrete parts of it you could accomplish?
I won’t be able to include all the concepts of chemistry in which she is facing trouble teaching the students such as – Structure of atom , physical and chemical changes ,curdling of milk on a molecular level, rusting of iron, stereochemistry, chemical reactions on a molecular level, periodic table, chemical bonds. But I’m pretty confident that I would be able to build a pretty decent proof of concept by covering 1 of the main topics mentioned above in depth or many sub topics from different main topics.