emerging issues Prize for innovation
Congratulations to our 2014 Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation Winner, HELP from Havelock High School!
The fourth annual Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation challenged students across the state to unleash their creativity and work collaboratively to design a process, environment, or tool for a K-12 classroom that will increase student engagement. This year’s Prize competition was open to all high school students in North Carolina.
After more than 2,600 votes, our winning team, HELP from Havelock High School, was announced at IEI’s 29th Annual Emerging Issues Forum, Teachers and the Great Economic Debate.
HELP | Havelock High School
Handy Educational Learning Program or HELP is a tool that increases student engagement. Handy Educational Learning Program allows students to alert the teacher when help is needed. Designed like a traffic stoplight, HELP has functions that correspond to the colors. The green button tells the teacher that they need to slow down. The yellow button tells the teacher that they should explain the information further. Red means that the student has a specific question. HELP bridges the connection between student and teacher through this easy to use program. Depending on the technology in the classroom, HELP can be in the form of an app, computer program, or handheld device. HELP provides three methods for students to interact with their teacher during power points, presentations, or lectures. The notifications for the green and yellow buttons are anonymous and the red button provides the student’s name, but only to the teacher. The reason for the anonymity of the green and yellow buttons is because some students lack the confidence to raise their hand and tell the teacher to slow down or that they do not understand. These students would also prefer not asking questions for fear of looking dumb or being judged. In addition, this program eliminates the distraction of students raising their hands and speaking out loud during quiet class time and provides an orderly fashion for the teacher to get through his or her lesson as well as increasing the student’s knowledge and participation.