Tech

Lucky 8

Helping Students Succeed, In High School and Beyond

Panorama engineers Geoffrey Litt and Sagar Jauhari and designer Roger Zhu partnered with Lucy Arthur-Paratley of Citizen Schools in Boston to design an app for eighth graders to help them choose a high school that is right for them. Lucy shares her thoughts about designing the app — “Lucky 8” — and why she’s hopeful that is helping students succeed in high school and after. 

“Why do you want to go to that high school?,” I ask my eighth graders each fall. Here in Boston, applying to high school is akin to the college application process, so getting a list of schools nailed down early makes a big difference in helping students succeed in the process. In the fall of 2014, the most common answers to my question were focused on proximity to their home, a shrug of “my cousin goes there,” or some vague notion that it would prepare them for college. This fall, the answers were different.  

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EdTech Trend: Purchasing Decentralization

Recently, my colleague Sarah Glover published an article in EdTech Times on the trend of purchasing decentralization in education and EdTech. In “Shifting Toward Decentralized Decisions About Technology for Schools,” Sarah discusses the reasons that technology purchasing is increasingly done at the school- and user-level and the implications for EdTech.

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Recap: Panorama Education Hackathon 2014

Just last week, our team completed the very first, company-wide Panorama Hackathon! For 24 consecutive hours, we coded, designed, tweeted and presented entirely new product ideas. The goal of the Panorama Hackathon was simple: to spend a day in small groups, actively creating new (and fun!) projects that could become actual features used by educators.

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