Congrats to the Winners of the Pearson Student Coding Contest
Pearson is pleased to announced the winners of its third annual Student Coding Contest. The contest encourages individual college students and teams to develop original innovative learning applications that integrate with Pearson Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). Students were challenged to focus and integrate efficacy, a positive, measurable impact on learning, into the development of their applications. In the final round of the competition, judges observed as the three final contestants demonstrated how their apps improve learning. View a short video of the three winners.
First Place/Cash Prize: $5,000
App Name: Lightpath, Anisha Srivastava, University of Texas at Austin, Texas
With Lightpath, as students interact with course content, they create "lightbulb moments" whenever a concept clicks, by either recording a concise summary, a video URL or an article link that clarified a concept. This leads to more effective learning and better retention.
Second Place/Cash Prize: $2,500
App Name: ClassMap, Aaron Martin Team Members: John Tran, Soumith Thumma, Travis Clinkscales, and James Davis, Troy University, Troy, Alabama
Using mnemonic devices such as imagery and keywords, together with the concept of mind-mapping, ClassMap collectively creates course and subject learning paths that can be used by other students and instructors in adaptive teaching and learning. The drag and drop interface is simple to use, and students vote to rank concepts higher on the learning path.
Third Place/Cash Prize: $1,000
App Name: Mint, Jorg Doku Team Members: Yen-chieh Huang and Nikita Dubnov, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
The Mint essay application makes use of Pearson's APIs in order to search for new content on the same page as a writer edits an essay. This is a main feature for Mint, since it reduces the unnecessary movement from page to page, and search engine to search engine.
This year's contest was kicked off by Tim Bozik, President of Global Products at Pearson. Tim talked to the contestants about the perspective that they bring to education technology.