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Time Saving Solutions for Educators (closed)

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Owner: EduSpaze
Tags: Education, EdTech, Education sector, Accelerator programme, Co-innovation model, Ttechnologists, Organisational administration, E-learning
Audience: Other, Subject Matter Experts, Businesses, Start-Ups, Researchers, Students
Anticipated Funding: SGD 25,000
Applications close: February 14, 2020
Last Updated: February 16, 2020 10:01 PM
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The Challenge

EduSpaze is a Singapore-based accelerator focusing on EdTech. Supported by trade and development agency, Enterprise Singapore, it aims to nurture a vibrant EdTech startup ecosystem that serves the education sector in Singapore and Southeast Asia. The accelerator programme is held twice a year and adopts a “co-innovation” model where schools and educational institutions are involved in the development process with the start-ups.

EduSpaze helps early stage EdTech startups go to market, accelerate their growth, and co-innovate with other stakeholders in the space to address sector-specific challenges with innovative solutions that improve learning outcomes and the impact on education.

Currently, educators around the world are under high pressure to improve learning outcomes. However, a significant amount of an educator’s time is spent on administrative duties, leaving less time for interactive teaching with students. This distracts from the core job itself, i.e. teaching and facilitating learning. While there are technology solutions in the market that take away the role of the human educator, EduSpaze recognises the value of face-to-face teaching and learning experience. Thus, it is focused on improving the efficiency of an educator’s administrative tasks inside and outside the classroom, rather than replacing the human element. EduSpaze is committed to connecting experienced educators with experienced technologists, to create products that genuinely add value to educators.

EduSpaze is looking for potential technology-based solutions that can holistically address the problem of time wasted on menial administration, through automation or other means.

EduSpaze are looking for:

  • A Proof-of-Concept (POC) solution that demonstrates an improved experience and time saved from an educator’s weekly schedule. These time savings could come from any of the following areas:
    • Lesson preparation: time is spent preparing for individual lessons, which usually involves drawing on the existing curriculum, contextualising it for students, doing their own research and creating lesson materials.
    • Organisational administration: schools and educational institutions come with organisation obligations inside and outside the classroom, including taking and reporting attendance, managing leave and medical certificates, managing student absences, event management, and regular staff meetings.
    • Marking and assessment: marking classwork and homework, preparing, administering and assessing examinations and projects, and preparing grades and performance reports.
    • Other: includes communicating with parents and dealing with student behaviour.
  • The solution needs to save a measurable amount of time from an educator’s weekly schedule, thereby increasing time for student contact, quality teaching, and improved learning outcomes.
  • The solution should not save time at the expense of the quality of the teaching provided in the classroom.
  • Solutions must be user-friendly and intuitive for educators without extensive training, with empathy for the context of an educator’s life and ability to use technology, so that most educators would actively choose to adopt the solution with minimal prompting.

There are no restrictions on the geographic location of the problem solvers who may choose to apply to this challenge. However, the POC needs to be demonstrated in Singapore.

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