What has become of Project Lyoneer
I have so far, been able to come up with quite a handful of interesting ideas, which in a way always reminds me of the many courses of actions, I have tentatively adopted without being sure of the outcome over the past 2 years.
What started as a simple project, with no clear goal, has recently taken quite a very interesting turn. Somehow, I have come to realize one thing, it is until you start doing something, in which case, put an action to a thought or an idea, that you come to realize how engaging it can get.
I think better education depends on how well teachers, students and parents are able to connect with one another — this is why Lyoneer is being built. This post is intended to share deeply how I feel about Lyoneer, and why I am building it, to give a clear understanding of my emotional attachment to the project.
It is very rare these days, to come by teams that are building tools that are not entirely geared towards making them rich, which in most cases is perceived as the definition of success. I think that the more you are actively and practically engaged, the more successful you'll feel. Actually, that might even be my definition of success. Right now I find myself doing more and more projects geared towards community well being and improvement. Does that make me successful? It certainly makes me happy and hopeful.
What matters is whether you've created something special - and whether you've made a real difference to other people's lives.
The key idea behind Lyoneer, is to make it easy for teachers to connect with students and parents. Our belief is that strengthening these relationships would be one of the most important ways we can impact education. And somehow this is not the first, this is being attempted, but due to the fact that the internet is not as open as you'd imagine, these tools, which already exists, are only restricted to certain regions. Students' experiences should be enhanced globally, just based on the fact that by the end of the day every student is seeking to have the same opportunities. Every day, several students drop out of school. This problem is severe, and whether it’s research, or based on our own experiences, I feel that there are three key factors that impact student outcomes:
Teachers often say they are busy and overwhelmed. Considering the importance of personally connecting with students and parents to support a child’s learning, it is shocking that the communication tools schools rely on haven’t evolved as much, or if they have, then access to these tools are so geographically restricted.
b) Reaching students where they are:
Internet-capable phones are not only changing how we communicate, they are transforming how and where students learn. And we intend to use this to our advantage, in the process of helping improve the academic experience.
c) Parental involvement:
We know that even if parents want to be involved in their child’s education, many often don’t have the time or resources to do so. Can imagine how efficient this would be, if they could talk to their kids anytime they got a chance, and or even receive live updates from school?
Teachers often face more communication challenges than they can count—if they’re not dealing with outdated contact information or trying to find out whether their handouts made it home, they’re juggling three or four different communication tools to cover all the bases.
The first step to more effective classroom communication is getting organized. As it stands right now, we have managed to put in place these key ways to help simplify the parent, teacher, student communications.
Lyoneer offers the strongest security for schools looking to protect their communications and document sharing. End-to-end encryption gives schools the confidence to talk, message, and share across students, teachers, and with parents, through a single app that’s available on all devices.
Think of all the permission slips, forms, and notes that you send home—and that’s not even counting take-home assignments and review sheets. Instead of dooming printouts to the bottom of a student backpacks, attach documents to your messages and send them directly to mobile phones. If students and parents need to fill anything out, they can send files right back.
Being part of the school communication
Text messages have a much higher chance of being read, but that won’t help if they’re not being delivered. You can check on the delivery status of every message and see who’s viewing the attachments you send.
Scheduled reminders in advance.
Tutors can save a step when they plan their lessons and schedule assignment and project reminders ahead of time. In addition to giving students an extra nudge, teachers won’t have to think about these for the rest of the term—giving them time to focus on the things that come up.
Help students and families stay organized.
If participants get texts, all of your messages will come from the same randomly assigned phone number. If they’re signed up for multiple classes, the app helps them keep all of their messages in a single place. (Plus, push notifications let them know whenever they get a message.)
Automatically collect contact information.
If teachers have phone numbers or email addresses for their students and parents, great! They can add them to their class. But if they have not-so-fond memories of chasing down busy parents for their contact information, they can always ask them to sign up for their class when it’s convenient for them. Once they do, they’re all set.
Give participants options that work for them.
Families don’t need smartphones or even Internet access to use Lyoneer—all they need to communicate is a mobile phone with texting capabilities. If they prefer a different notification method, they can log in to manage their settings.
Provide a space for constructive communication.
Lyoneer is channeled for education, which will include iKeepSafe certifications for COPPA, FERPA, and Student Privacy. Everyone has access to resources and guidelines that help keep communication constructive and safe.
Group people into smaller conversations.
Not every message needs to go to the entire class. Teachers can start a conversation with a small group of up to 10 participants or send a direct message to just one person. They can always turn off replies when you’re done.
Coordinate activities in a single place.
Coordinating field trips and other events can be a massive undertaking, especially when it comes to keeping track of all the moving pieces. Instead of sending home permission slips, creating rosters, collecting checks and cash, visiting the treasurer, and coordinating volunteers, teachers and parents can take care of everything through Lyoneer.
Communicating with students and families doesn’t need to be time-consuming, frustrating, or ineffective. A simple, personal message can go a long way to making sure that all of the students have the opportunity to succeed.
And now to close on this, I would like to talk about the other thing that gets me up in the morning, the idea of making a difference. It is why I have never wanted to run out of ideas and it's why I get huge enjoyment out of creating and tending to do lots of small projects.
Thanks for reading this Lyoneer introductory post - and enjoy your life. You only get one. Remember to visit back, for further information on when we go live, as of the time of this write-up, Lyoneer is on Beta.
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