David Ford: Final Project Proposal

Social Justice App:
Based off of my field research at the TECH center and a good critique by Dr. Shaw, it helped me reconstruct my idea of students procrastinating. The result of students compulsively checking their mobile devices may be a reaction to them being drained from the strenuous demands of college life. The resulting idea of my application promotes the idea of a social space where a student can consciously make the decision to work where his/her fellow classmates and major affiliated school is located in the TECH center with user provided information. Giving the student the opportunity to visualize their workspace’ activity and availability whether they’re in the TECH center or are commuting to it; hopefully encouraging them to come even more. Visualization of activity in the TECH center would be an unique feature of the app itself, as I vision it to have a twitter like feed or forum enabling students to broadcast what projects, assignments, and help they may need assistance with. Encouraging a mutual opportunity for students to be productive while interacting with their mobile devices, to vicariously network, and do school related work without the feeling of wasting necessary time in uneducated spaces.
Which lead me to the name of my app, Educated Spaces™, which quite literally gives its user the ability to navigate to spaces of productivity. Which I exuberantly noted in my field research before, the most painful observation I made was that students weren’t utilizing the facilities to their maximum potential, and I feel like this is a direct answer to the problem. I cannot think of a more corrective way for the compulsive behavior that mobile devices have caused, but there are ways we can redirect its uses. When we think about the uses of these great mobile devices and the applications of them, students should be weaned to use them to gain more power in how they educate themselves. Similar to the power of ratemyprofessor.com, which many students utilize to pick their educators based off student recommendation, but this app enables students to get a hands on approach to such tasks by socializing and working with students currently enrolled in such classes.
Though the functionality of this application is used in the hypothetical case of the TECH center, when thought of its uses and place in the discussion of whether mobile devices belong in classrooms it could really prove to help. Going back to my point of redirecting the uses of mobile devices I look to researchers like Jack Tessier who published the study of, Student Impressions of Academic Cell Phone Use in the Classroom, here he showed readers that students who were encouraged to use their cellphones in class actually felt like they benefitted in the experience. Another research whose argument I’m vested with is, Beth Humble-Thaden, who essentially argues that educators and parents may be missing out on the educational potential of mobile devices that many high school students come equipped in the thousands (even millions) with these days but are prohibited to use in schools. With the research and support of these two scholars, I look to prove that with the potential impact of apps such as Educated Spaces™ we as educators, parents, etc. can seem less hypocritical, forceful, and pervasive to their usages of mobile devices. Instead, the approach of educating them how to use their devices as tools to succeed in education would make them value the way they’re used in the first place.
Educated Spaces™ promotes the cooperation of students to achieve common goals, a teamwork like ethic, and helps educators. Here I would use Dana Edwards and Fran Mullis’ research to show how important those qualities promoted by Educated Spaces™ are. Their research talks about creating a climate of cooperation in early education as it is vital to the development of people as they progress in their own lives. We understand that technology is something that the newest and newer generations are accustomed to which should imply that newer educators and counselors need to be able to also utilize these tools to help students and create curriculum that is effective which could be easily visible in the usage of Educated Spaces™ . I was wrong about my assessment of the TECH center needing to be a less social space and that mobile devices hurt us, but instead I realize that we need to be redirect our usage of these devices, even changing the way we seem them. More like tools to help us get more out of life and that’s what propose to do with Educated Spaces™.
Visual design
For my visual design concept I would like to do a video piece for certain conceptualizing the app, but I’d really like to design a prototype if I have time.
Concrete Timeline
I still need to schedule my time with Ms. Kristina DeVoe, I plan to spend 2 hours every day further researching my sources and further app features. I plan on completing it by the second or third week of April

Edwards, D., & Mullis, F. (2003). Classroom Meetings: Encouraging a Climate of Cooperation. Professional School Counseling, 7(1), 20-28.
Tessier, J. (2013). Student Impressions of Academic Cell Phone Use in the Classroom. Journal Of College Science Teaching, 43(1), 25-29.
Beth Humble-Thaden, M. M. (2011). Student Reflective Perceptions of High School Educational Cell Phone Technology Usage. Journal Of Technology Studies, 37(1), 10-16.


3 thoughts on “David Ford: Final Project Proposal”

  1. I really like the way this project has developed. Be sure in the final paper to explain the relationship to social justice (it’s clearly there, but make sure you are explicit about it). This article might also prove useful to your research: http://www.cur.org/assets/1/7/Summer08Bender.pdf
    You might also look into research on creating community on college campuses generally (if that is discussed in relation to social media all the better).

    Both visual representation ideas sound great.

  2. Educated Spaces™ is a wonderful idea. I chose to comment on this project proposal because you are the only student to add the Trade Mark to your app design idea. I really laughed out-loud when I highlighted the text of your post, and used my iPhone speak feature to read your proposal. Every time the computer voice saw the Educated Spaces™, it would read aloud, “Educated Spaces Trade Mark sign”. I wonder it this would hold up in a court of law, if someone was creepy and stole your idea; I can’t imagine that you went through the whole process of getting the app, trade marked. I wonder if you just added the sign after the name of your app, and what the law states about this process?

    I have attended two semesters with you now, reading your posts and enjoy your style of writing. You always seem to get your idea across clearly. As for some minor mistakes, not even worth mentioning, I did notice very long sentences. Missing breaks for paragraphs, you should have cut up your thoughts and packaged them into nice clean structure. Best of luck with your graduation, and your future career!

  3. Dave, this is a really cool idea. I like that your approach was to make the best out of places that are otherwise not directly educational. I like that you were able to discover that students can benefit from mobile devices in class rooms also. You drive home a really important point that the newer generations are becoming increasingly tech savvy and it should come as no surprise that educators should be able to handle this appropriately. As far as developing your app structure more, I think it should be necessary to possibly mediate how the students in the “educated space” are socializing and make sure they are not just plagiarizing someone else’s ideas that have or had a certain class before. I would hope that if these students were in college they wouldn’t need any supervision because they should know well enough how to critically think for themselves, but you make it evident that the idea is bigger than just the Tech Center. Overall i think it is a great idea and am curious to see how you work out all the details. The best of luck to you.

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