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In developing countries, children with blindness and visual impairments (BVI) often have limited access to education. One of the commonly identified difficulties that children with BVI experience is learning foreign languages because adequate language learning materials are rare and inaccessible...

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Curious Conversations

Young children learn best when they have opportunities to have meaningful conversations with a social partner. Curious conversations enable children to explore their science interests by having discussions with a virtual buddy named Trazo. Our platform leverages smart speakers in households to...

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EdConnect

Supporting students with learning differences in school requires a team effort. At EdConnect we aim to enhance synergy and transparency for each child’s support team. EdConnect brings teachers, learning specialists, parents, and administrators together digitally. Our innovative approach helps...

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Florens

Fifty-five percent of educators are currently thinking about quitting or retiring early from their teaching career, mostly because of burnout symptoms. Teachers’ well-being is fundamental for their longevity and students' success. Florens is a web-based guided learning experience focused on...

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Istheam

Istheam leverages the power of social media to engage students in science learning outside the classroom. Using humor, special collections, and the intriguing opportunities for remixing provided by TikTok, we produce short, fun videos to spark interest. Kids find them, share them, and learn...

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Maker Maths

Students learn lots of math concepts at school, yet many are unable to apply this knowledge to their interests outside of the classroom. Maker Maths highlights the math that exists in different making projects and provides students with an opportunity to enhance their math understanding in an...

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Mindful Circles

Mindful Circles is a mobile application designed to improve mental health outcomes of BIPOC youth practicing mindfulness. When joining Mindful Circles, learners are paired with a practice buddy and an experienced mentor. Together, the triad participates in daily reflection prompts to promote a...

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Muddy Waters

Empathy and self-awareness are vital skills for community-engaged service work. However, students in service projects often only develop these skills through experience in the field. This can put communities in harm’s way due to student inexperience. Muddy Waters prepares students to engage with...

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Re-Ignite

Re-Ignite is a question-driven game that supports teachers in building belonging and agency. Through three rounds of play, educators reflect, connect and envision together. Centered on personal values and aimed at addressing teacher attrition, Re-Ignite empowers educators to start conversations...

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Sage

Often, employees are promoted to a management position because they are good at their jobs, not because they have the necessary leadership skills. But time-intensive traditional training tends to cover too much and accomplish too little. Instead, Sage breaks down these skills into small...

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Short Answer

It takes countless hours at home for teachers to provide meaningful feedback on student work. By the time they return it, students no longer care. Teachers are demoralized and students miss out on learning. To solve this problem, Short Answer enables personalized, immediate peer-to-peer feedback...

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Word Explorer

Word Explorer is a web-based game that supports teachers in using morphology (the study of the structure of words) to help students in grades 3-6 understand the complex vocabulary needed to succeed in middle school and beyond. By constructing words from bases, prefixes, and suffixes and then...

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Guided Corner: Support Children’s Emotional Understanding.

When children are emotionally aware, they can more effectively navigate relationships and solve problems. However, it can be difficult for children to recognize and to learn about emotions without support. Guided Corner is a digital application that empowers 3rd to 5th-grade learners through...

Mindful Circles

Mindful Circles: A space for teens to learn, practice, and simply be together

Teens today are lonelier and more stressed than ever. Studies suggest that mindfulness meditation can improve mental health and wellbeing. While it is becoming more commonplace for teens to learn the basics of mindfulness meditation at retreats, few options exist for them to engage with these...

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Together Math: Do math together, even when you’re apart

Preschoolers’ math skills are powerful predictors of future academic success. Home is the key learning environment, but barriers such as time and parental math anxiety can limit positive math interactions within families. Together Math maximizes social meaningfulness by placing a child’s own...

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Word Explorer: Building words to build vocabulary

School texts contain over 85,000 distinct words.  Luckily,  students who understand how words are built can study one word and learn many for free. Word Explorer is a web-based game that teaches students to use the internal structure of words to understand advanced vocabulary. Learning...

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WorkshopDeck: The building blocks of an excellent workshop

Workshop facilitators often struggle with identifying the appropriate learning goals, creating engaging activities, and sequencing those activities. WorkshopDeck supports facilitators in addressing these challenges by making effective curriculum design, learning sciences, and facilitation...

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Bibliophilia: Taking academic reading to the next level

Reading academic papers is an essential part of postsecondary learning, yet most students have never been trained to read them effectively. With Bibliophilia, students will learn scientifically warranted reading strategies to extract key information from papers effectively. The guidance is...

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Chimera: Guide a guild. Learn to lead

Chimera is a strategy-based video game designed to provide players a compelling fantasy game world that responds and adapts to their decisions. This sandbox for learning allows players to build collaboration, empathy, and leadership skills in a scaffolded environment that always meets them at...

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Class.Board: A simple tool to manage your classroom

Class.Board helps teachers with a suite of easy-to-use online tools for the tedious tasks of creating and managing groups, keeping students on track, and transitioning between activities. Along the way, just-in-time tips teach teachers to orchestrate powerful collaborative learning in the...

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Crowd Note: Reimagine online learning by connecting learners and crowdsourcing knowledge

Online learning is a critical means for learning today. However, learners often need to make sense of what they learned and navigate their learning journey alone. Crowd Note is a platform that enables learners to collaboratively take notes, raise questions, and process what they learn in an...

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Debriefly: Debrief to learn. Learn to debrief

Debriefing past performance is a highly effective learning strategy in which learners analyze their actions and identify opportunities to improve. Debriefly aims to make this structured process, traditionally applied in pilot and physician training, accessible in new learning contexts such as...

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Design Data: Making the power of data accessible to all

Design Data is a web-based learning experience which aims to democratize the learning of foundational data science concepts. Designed for adult learners without programming skills, it focuses on empowering learners to make sense of data through a personalized and contextualized learning...

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Dowit: Unleash your child’s hands-on creativity!

When children express themselves freely through making, they nurture critical character traits such as confidence and creative thinking. However, in a time when families are staying at home, parents often struggle to find high-quality hands-on learning experiences for their children. Dowit...

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EQODE: Equitable technology education

EQODE is a curriculum framework for equitable technology education, in a way that highlights the human values present in technology. Co-created with an educator and students, its purpose is to support teachers working with low-income, marginalized high school students who are now learning...

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Lakota Life Skills: Helping Native American families reaffirm positive values

Learning skills like positive value affirmations, empathy, and goal-setting are critical to a young Native American student’s academic performance and outlook on school. Yet schools lack the time and resources to properly teach these social-emotional skills. The Lakota Life Skills website...

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Launch: Tiny Moments. Tremendous Gains.

Launch is an app designed to improve the academic performance of secondary school students. It delivers just-in-time, custom activities that increase a student’s sense of belonging and decrease negative feelings related to academic achievement. The power and ease of a smartphone means students...

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Mindality: Explore and express your mental health needs

Depression reduces quality of life through damaging thought patterns and false beliefs that make it especially important to be connected to supportive friends and family. Mindality is an app that helps individuals with moderate to severe depression explore and explain what it is they are going...

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ProduceHER: Where womxn music producers get heard

ProduceHER is a platform that will allow aspiring womxn music producers to showcase their skills to the right crowd, build upon these skills, as well as give mentors and recruiters an outlet to be more accountable towards womxn producer inclusion. Through partaking in production challenges,...

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Round Up!: The app for all “a-round” learning!

The medical residency is a unique time in the life of a doctor-in-training. A resident’s role oscillates between “employee” and “learner” as they are tasked to care for real patients while they learn in situ. Round Up! maximizes residents’ potential for learning during this crucial...

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Stream: Making Media Matter

Every day, TV and movies keep kids occupied while their parents complete work, chores, or just take time to rest. While many parents feel guilty about kids' screen time, research suggests there is great potential for social and emotional learning when their parents discuss shows with their kids...

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Sustainable Stories: Contribute to a sustainable world

It's critical that we help the environment, but often we don’t know how. Sustainable Stories presents interactive narratives from people all over the world who are already taking action. The website's interactive map and visuals give learners agency and insights into how to make a difference....

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The Interesting Project: Do the thing you’ve always wanted to do

Young adults are taking longer to figure out their lives than ever before. While it’s good to have more time to explore more options, too much ambiguity can lead to decreased motivation, increased anxiety, and depression. The Interesting Project offers young adults a mobile framework for...

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Tilli: Playful conversations about bodies, power, and consent

We envision a world where no child grows up to be either a victim or a perpetrator of sexual assault or violence. Tilli is a game-based learning tool for young learners that helps parents and teachers curate meaningful conversations about trust, boundaries, bodies, and consent. The game helps...

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Tingets: Tinker with your Emotions

Tingets is an interactive storytelling app that leverages the power of tangible play to take kids through activities that strengthen their social-emotional communication and expression skills. With Tingets, your kids will be able to explore the physical world of crafts by designing different...

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Beyond the Game: Redefining what it means to be a healthy athlete

Over 45 million youth in the US participate in sports, yet conversations about emotional health in athletics are rare. By focusing only on physical health, we deprive young athletes of critical opportunities to grow emotionally. Coaches can change that. Beyond the Game equips coaches with the...

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BOND: Share more. Preserve Memories. Have fun.

BOND seeks to help parents and young children get to know each other more deeply through a suite of fun family games. The BOND Show, the first developed application of the series, allows families to be star guests of a talk show with their preferred host and topic. To facilitate conversations...

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Hello, Muzu: A debugging buddy for tomorrow's coders

While debugging is an essential skill in programming, few CS curricula teach it. "Hello, Muzu" is a chatbot embedded in the Scratch programming environment that helps students develop a process and strategies for getting unstuck. Muzu walks students through the process of isolating and...

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Inspireo: Transform your distracting device into a tool for inspiration

Have you ever been distracted by technology? You are not alone. Inspireo is designed to give students “digital agency” to direct their own learning in an increasingly distracting digital world. Through a mobile app, students set smart goals and capture short reflections in a digital journal....

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Lifely: Help your aging loved ones plan for the lives they want

Many families struggle with end of life planning conversations. But these are vital discussions that help ensure people can live life the way they want, through the end.  Lifely is a website with interactive exercises designed to help adults have end-of-life planning conversations with...

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Nails on Ninth: Fostering Empathy around Immigration through a Story-Driven Game

“Twenty-some years ago, your parents immigrated to America to provide a better life for you and your brother…” Nails on Ninth is a single-player short story game that connects players with the experiences of first-generation immigrants in America. As the nail salon manager, the player...

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Nartshell: Unleash your inner artist

Picasso once said "every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once he/she grows up". Although we celebrate the creativity that inspires art, and the artists who inspire creativity, much of art education today focuses on specific techniques rather than creativity itself....

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Octans: Chart your constellation of support

We all belong to social networks. The embedded resource in this system, social capital, is a key determinant in our academic and career trajectories. Fortunately, these networks are dynamic and we can learn to recognize, nurture, and utilize our social networks. Octans seeks to empower low-...

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Recollect: Master new words through your favorite books and movies

Recollect is a language app that marries flashcards with learning how words are used in different contexts. Every time you repeat a word, you will see an example of its use taken from your favorite book or movie. As a result, you will gradually learn how to apply the word to multiple situations...

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Robiotics: Empowering future generations to forge STEM identities

Programming jobs are everywhere, but a leaky pipeline deters many from entering the workforce. Cultural norms lead many kids to view programming as boring, too technical, and ultimately not for them. Many lose interest early on, failing to recognize their programming potential. Robiotics is a...

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Sketch & Learn: Transform your notetaking experience. Make learning fun and visible.

Notetaking is an important practice for transforming information into knowledge. Visual notetaking, also known as “sketchnoting," is an engaging strategy to improve memory and understanding. Sketch and Learn is a web-based adventure game that engages learners in playful sketching quests that...

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Tell Me More: Redefine feedback

While great solicitation of feedback is key to learning and growth, it’s a difficult skill to master. TELL ME MORE is a blended learning experience that supports employees in the art and science of soliciting feedback from their managers and peers. The tool uses a combination of a web-based...

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Wolfgang: Season your life with music

Living in a world filled with music, humans have naturally developed implicit knowledge about music. Without us realizing how it works, the tension and resolution in our favorite songs elicit an array of emotions that move us. Unfortunately, middle school students often don’t realize how much...

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Baatein: Talk about mental health with your teenager

Teenagers in India are the world's second most vulnerable population in the world for youth suicide. Yet the topic of mental health is seldom acknowledged. Very few schools have counselors. Teachers may notice students struggling, but have limited knowledge and access to provide support....

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Basheer: Programming for novice technology users

As the cost of technology decreases, smartphones and data plans are becoming increasingly accessible to people who have not had them before. It is important that these new users are more than just passive consumers and can use technology to solve problems in their own communities. While there is...

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Carlo: Harnessing the Power of Teacher Feedback to Improve the Writing Cycle

Students often struggle to implement teacher feedback on their writing, and teachers report that they provide the same feedback time and again. In order to successfully teach the craft of writing, teachers must both provide meaningful feedback to their students and assist them in implementing...

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Connect: Build Relationships and Launch New Opportunities

College students need to network with a range of people to reach their academic and career goals. But they often struggle with networking. Reaching out to people for help makes them uncomfortable, often because they do not have the skills and tools to do it effectively. They don’t know where to...

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Diverso: Make learning relevant for all students

Teachers want to know how they can better serve their culturally and linguistically diverse students. Diverso supports teachers in this pursuit by leveraging the power of just-in time instruction. A teacher’s real need provides the vehicle upon which culturally relevant theory and...

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domino: Unleash your phone's potential, one sensor at a time

Few students in India have access to computers and computer science curricula. As a result, most lack the computational literacy skills that might allow them to effectively harness technology to solve problems. domino uses smartphones, increasingly prevalent in Indian households, to...

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ElectriStitch: Inspiring kids to stitch together confidence, creativity, and expression

We recognize that children are creators and with ElectriStitch we aim to both teach technical fluency and engage learners in reflective and intentional creating. ElectriStitch defines self expression as identity and creative agency. We aim to teach to express using inclusive...

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Foo: Learning mental models at the heart of computer programming

The demand for computer programming skills has been increasing rapidly. Many people are interested in learning to program but find it difficult to learn. A major reason for this is that they lack the skill to construct and apply mental models about abstract concepts in programming. Foo...

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Magnote: Encode knowledge into long-term memory by taking notes on computers

Techniques that are invented to fight against forgetfulness and to deepen understanding are now misused because of the use of modern technology. Research shows that those who wrote out their notes by hand actually have a stronger understanding and are more successful in applying knowledge. The...

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PaperHat: Craft a fulfilling career path with real-life experiments

While making an academic or career transition, as students we often struggle to make decisions about things we have never experienced. PaperHat empowers young adults to craft a fulfilling career path through “life experimenting.” Life experimenting is when we do small...

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PeerHouse: Reimagine children's experiences with routines

There are 15 million children aged 3-5 in the US. Most of them do not sleep 11-13 hours as recommended by child development experts. Parents use routines in the evening to put their kids to bed on time. However, enforcing routines is difficult. Children struggle with transitions between...

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Peloton: Learning Through Leadership

All too often, the only assessments high school students get in school are content-based and summative, resulting in low self-confidence and fixed mindset for "underachieving" students. In Peloton, a skills map will assign students competencies in soft skills that traditional...

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PeopleMap: Map Your Skills for the Future

Technology is shifting global workforce needs. Yet people struggle to understand and express their skills and experiences beyond their immediate role or industry. PeopleMap intelligently gathers and translates users’ skills into a competency map, highlighting to the learner the...

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Project Fay: Art exhibits with your own interpretation

Art lovers want to discover new insights in museums, but often the advanced information is available away from the art. Project Fay rethinks the learning experience in museums for art lovers. Guided by Fay, a virtual stick figure in a mobile app, museum visitors are ...

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