We completely redesigned the user-facing interface, using recognisable cues from popular social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, so that users had a feeling for how the software worked as soon as they started using it.
Connecting with Sony’s HD video cameras in every classroom, we allowed the system to consume live recordings of lessons, remote controlled by the teacher, so that students could re-watch lessons from home while doing their homework. With the ‘follow’ feature, students could follow the presentations of their favourite teachers, even if they weren’t able to attend the lesson that day.
We also created a new code layer for social media-style functions such as ‘follow’, ‘like’ and ‘comment’, which would give the students and teachers a whole new way of communicating and sharing their files and videos. The ‘comments’ feature provided a way for students to discuss a presentation, or piece of homework, in a secure and familiar environment, while the ability to attach their own files to the system gave students a new way to hand in homework.