The aim of the app was to bridge the communication gap between teachers, students and parents regarding homework. The new app will allow teachers to easily set, track and mark students’ homework tasks, whilst also enabling parents to check what work has been assigned and monitor its progress.
After speaking to both teachers and parents, the ‘Grange Hill Gang’ identified the current flaws in the homework diary system. It is easy for students to misinterpret the assigned homework tasks or note down incorrect information in their diaries meaning homework is forgotten, incomplete or not handed in. The Homeworker app looks to solve these problems and looking forward, could replace homework diaries!
The ‘Grange Hill Gang’ use what has been referred to as the MEAN stack (MongoDB, Express.js, AngularJS and Node.js). The other technologies used in the project are listed below:
How the App Works
The team started by designing the app for tablet to work on the desired core and interface primarily for tablet screen sizes, before making the app responsive and enabling it to be scaled up and down for smartphones or larger desktop screens.
The pre-registration website for the Homeworker app.
The app would be accessible to users before launch, to encourage sign-ups. We believe this has huge potential to expand and scale outwards as it caters to the needs of schools around the country.
Looking forward, Mark intends to open source the server as a Node framework for creating APIs. By the end of the weekend, the Grange Hill Gang had created a fantastic prototype, which the team plan on developing into a finished product. This project was created as part of the "Quack Hack" Hackathon, where the team created 6 projects in the space of 32 hours.