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Hi all, I would like to ask the community for some feedback/advice on a new project I'm undertaking, a non-profit named The K-Network. What are we trying to do? My co-founder, Harsh, and I were both math teachers (me: community college, Harsh: 8th grade inner city Chicago) and we both used blended classrooms (me: ALEKS, Harsh: Khan Academy). We both set aside time in our class for collaboration and what we saw was that initially students turn to their neighbors to ask questions. After time, some students became socially identified as both "smart" and "nice" and the areas around them became hubs of information exchange. What we want to do is extend this collaboration beyond the classroom. We're creating an online platform for students to be able to give help and get help, anytime and anywhere. The best part? It will now and forever be completely FREE. We've been fortunate enough to already acquire enough donations to fund us for the next 3-5 years (depending on how big we grow the team). What's our timeline? We are at version zero right now. By the end of this week, we will have our first iteration of the user interface designed and the wire frames built. This will go to our developer on Monday to get started on producing a very lean version 1. What would we like from you? Through Harsh and my experiences, we think we know what this interface should like, but we also know there are a lot of smarter and more experienced teachers that could give us input. Also, we would like to be able to get feedback from students on what features they find useful. If anyone would like to help this project grow, we would be happy to share our wire frames at the beginning of next week, then provide you with a closed demo of the first working product by the beginning of March. We want this design to be driven by teachers and students and we hope you will be involved. Cheers, Muhammad

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Keith Heggart's picture
Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia
Facilitator 2014

Hi Muhammad,
This is an interesting idea - and one that I think is important, once all the potential pitfalls have been navigated. I would be very interested in having a look at what you've done, and provide feedback on what I think. Please contact me.
Keith.

Mary Mayhew's picture
Mary Mayhew
using my BA and teacher certification post baccalaureate student

Sounds good interested in this developing resource stay in touch. And THANKS

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