Our team has experience developing educational software as well as mobile apps. We are also experienced in formative and summative evaluation work and have published over a dozen articles in a variety of educational and human-computer interaction conferences.
Some projects our team has developed:
Colibri is an iOS application designed to help you rapidly build German vocabulary knowledge. The application uses spaced repetition to optimize learning speed and provides analytics of your progress over time.
It differs from other vocabulary learning software in that professionally curated word sets with example sentences can be bought for varying skill levels. Colibri also includes important contextual information, including verb forms and noun articles/plurals, and color-codes nouns by gender as a memory aid. Try it out for free on the App Store.
The Zydeco Project is investigating how to support students as they engage in science inquiry activities across formal and informal environments (e.g. classrooms and museums) using mobile technologies. Zydeco enables teachers and students to create science investigations by defining goals, questions, and labels in order to annotate, organize, and reflect on multimodal data (e.g., photos, videos, audio, text). These data can be collected in any environment, such as museums, parks, or at home, and is stored in the cloud. This enables students and teachers to access the annotated information later through the Zydeco website or iPad application, which supports the building of scientific explanations addressing the questions they are investigating.
Numerous field studies have been conducted with classes of students (ages 10-17) from a variety of school districts visiting different informal environments. These trials have been conducted with over 1,000 students visiting museums, such as The Henry Ford Museum, The Field Museum, the Michigan Science Center, and the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, as well as parks and wildlife preserves. Zydeco is available as a free download on the App Store, and is being used by educators and establishments nationwide.
Big Presentation Timer
This app is an elegant, cheeky timer designed to keep presentations and meetings running on schedule!
Set the timer, face it toward the presenter, and let it keep the presentation on track: multiple warnings will give the presenter no excuses if they go overtime! And if all else fails, you can have the app taunt the presenter in Shakespearean and Monty Python style humor. Available for the iPad on the App Store.