Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation High School Finalists

Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation

adapTable | North Carolina School of Science and Math

The AdapTable seeks to enhance the classroom environment by providing seamless transition to a variety of classroom seating arrangements. Each desk supports four chairs that fit neatly underneath the tabletop and can be pulled out when needed. Underneath the table, housed inside of the cylindrical base, there are also numerous storage compartments. The surface of the table is a whiteboard that students can use dry erase markers to draw figures and collaborative diagrams on. In this way, the cylindrical table is highly tailored towards group work; the round table allows students to collaborate easily, the whiteboard surface promotes teaching others, and the storage compartments allow for easy access to the needs of the students. Each cylindrical desk also has the ability to split into two halves, connected by a hinge. By splitting the desks, one can easily arrange the classroom in a seminar-style arrangement.

OpenSight | North Carolina School of Science and Math

OpenSight is a wireless-enabled microcontroller attached to an HDMI connector that can be plugged into an HDMI-enabled projector. A software package will enable the teacher to connect to the projector from any internet-connected device, such as a computer, tablet, or mobile phone. Classroom management software will allow students to connect whatever devices they are allowed to have in class to the teacher’s device. They can subsequently request permission to share their screen.  Their device will directly interface with the projector over the network, sharing their work or idea with the class. The teacher can select a student, or even multiple students, to project at a given time, giving him or her complete control over the display of information. Once a student has requested access, the teacher will be able to monitor the student’s screen. Once the teacher approves the data being provided as appropriate and relevant, the student’s screen will be displayed to the entire class.

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.

MacroClubs | East Chapel Hill High School

MacroClubs is a web-based system designed to help organize and manage school clubs. Clubs are an important aspect of schools, as they provide ways for students to pursue interests in areas that are unrelated to banal school courses. Clubs help aid engagement because they are designed around student interests; however, when clubs are unorganized, students lose interest and important opportunities are missed. MacroClubs is designed to allow for a better organization of clubs, so that club officers can spend less time planning, and instead focus on engaging with the members of their club. MacroClubs provides seamless planning and organization through an efficient user registration system, a club calendar, the ability to text and email members about deadlines and meetings, a document manager that allows club officers to share important files with the entire club quickly and easily, and much more. All of these features will help steer clubs towards beings productive and efficacious. Funding will go towards development of additional features, integration of third-party services, partnerships, legal fees, marketing costs, and will help subsidize server costs. A demo of our system is available at demo.macroclubs.com.


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