Apps Developed Through Apps4VA
Jamie Martin, a student at James Madison University and former Apps4VA JMU student recently spent the summer refining the app begun during the Apps4VA JMU 2014 program. Using a proprietary rating system, Cool School allows users to compare school districts and even find homes for sale in their area. It is now ready and available to the public. Read Jamie's blog on her Apps4VA experiences.
Interested in some of the other apps that were developed during the program?
1DA Apps (OneDA Apps): Enables school officials, policy makers, and parents to see trends in divisions and/or schools by flagged students whose SOL scores are below a user defined input.
A Team, The: A tool that enables students (parents) to compare individual student performance to peers within the local division or across the state. Offers activities/lesson plans for remediation based on learning styles.
Apps4Grades: Apps4Grades is a tool to predict post-secondary success based on Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) test scores.
Are Our K-12 Students in Virginia Ready for the Future Job Market?: A tool that uses projected workforce needs to inform student pathways. Allows users to compare student performance against standards in subjects related to the career paths identified as stable or growing over the next decade. This app presents a graph for the top 25 top job categories (by organization) over the next 10 years in Virginia. Parents, students, educators, employers, etc. can quickly see how K-12 students at any level are performing with a specified subject related to these job categories. “Drill down” capability, allows users to understand performance variables. A video demonstration is available at K-12 Ready For Jobs Demo.
Awesome: Awesome is a tool that displays numbers of disadvantaged students versus the entire senior student class by school divisions -- compares graduation counts & college enrollment.
Barcelona: Barcelona enables policy makers to assess the correlation between teacher salary and student growth.
Careers for VA: Search tool that identifies areas of study offered at Virginia institutions of higher education related to completed CTE Programs.
Class Fundr: Enables everyone to participate. Mobile app allows anyone, anywhere to donate to a VA school. Class Fundr combines DonorsChoose (a service where educators can post a wish/needs list) projects in high poverty areas with VLDS K-12 data. This tool allows the user to rank projects by schools with the greatest needs. Donors may choose by location or by greatest needs.
Connecting Schools: The app enables parents to engage with teachers, teachers with teachers, and enables administrators to gain insights about important issues in their local schools. It creates a dialogue between parents and educators and allows the sharing of best practices among schools.
County Viewer: The County Viewer App empowers the users to get a geographical feel of the breakdown of Virginia's counties performance on the SOL Assessments. It displays a visual representation of test pass rates by geographic location. A video demonstration is available at County Viewer Demo.
Crime 3D: This app allows users to reference metrics and view them on a map of Virginia, with overlaid information.
Deducere: A data visualization and mashup tool for everyone. It is a customizable analytical tool that displays educational data in a variety of graphic formats. A video demonstration is available at http://youtu.be/MJj-nDO3lQQ.
Disability Advantage: Disability Advantage is a web-based app for both desktop and mobile devices. This tool allows parents of special needs children to determine which schools within a given area have children enrolled with needs similar to those of their children, which may include additional resources for a specific disability. This can help with both the social and academic development of the child. Two video demonstrations are available at: Part 1 (Desktop); Part 2 (Mobile)
Grungy: Grungy is a tool for policy makers to analyze how members of certain demographic groups perform on SOL scores.
Infinity: Tool to compare performance and graduation rates to funding levels. Allows policy makers and administrators to target funding
Interactive VLDS: Interactive VLDS is a tool for visualizing educational data
Job Demographic: Enables policy makers and division administrators to compare labor market projections with current programs in order to develop curricula that meet projected workforce needs.
Lesson Force: The Critical Path to Learning: Fighting dropout rates by establishing early buy-in using project management tools.
Math & Science: Enables educators, administrators, and policy makers to make better, data-driven decisions regarding the gender gap in mathematics and science education. A video demonstration is available at MathSci Demo.
Path to Success (P2S): P2S is an analytical tool to help parents and educators analyze indicators of college and career readiness. The app measures college and workforce readiness using subject area, higher education and workforce indicators. A video demonstration is available at P2S Demo.
Peer Power: PeerPower provides allows students to compare their performances to that of their peers. Just click on Find Percentile Reports and enter the pertinent test information. In minutes you can instantly download your PeerPower Percentile Report. A video demonstration is available at http://www.peerpowerinc.com/video.
Predictive Outcomes: Predictive Outcomes is a tool to develop dropout risk profiles that will allow educators to develop an intervention strategy for current Virginia students. This risk profile, a low/normal/high score, is derived from millions of combinations of criteria that exist within the utilized datasets for each student added by the application user. All users have access to their individual student lists and risk profiles. A video demonstration is available at
Price Performance: This app measures the performance of Virginia school divisions.
Red Flagger: Red Flagger VA is a tool that school administrations can use to help identify, or flag, students whose background and performance is similar to students who have dropped out in years past. Analysis allows educators to develop intervention strategies for students at risk for dropping out. The application is supported on iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8, and HTML5 compatible devices. Video demonstrations are available in two parts: (Part 1); (Part 2)
RGB 256: Enables educators & policy makers to compare/contrast factors that affect success in post-secondary education (e.g., community wealth).
Schmerloji: Schmerloji is an app that calculates and charts the return on investment for the Virginia SOL scores using school division budgets.
SOL Engage: Study prep for the connected age. An app/site for students to learn from practice tests with the assistance of mentors in the learning community. The app allows administrators/teachers to monitor student progress on practice tests.
SOL So What?: You’re a parent, a teacher, an administrator, or a student and you’ve just received the SOL scores from the past year. They’re numbers on a sheet of paper, but they don’t really tell the whole story. That’s what this app is for. SOL: So What? takes a student’s score and outputs a visual representation of how the student compares to other students for the same test and grouping attributes. After viewing the visual comparison, the user is shown a listing of enrichment or tutoring opportunities to help the student continue to learn and improve. A video demonstration is available at SOL So What? Demo.
SOLaris: SOLaris enables administrators to analyze performance of special needs students on SOL tests. Allows breakdown by demographic and disability -- at school or division level.
SpeakUp4edu: SpeakUp4edu is web application to connect volunteer mentors and guest speakers from the local community with the schools that could benefit from their expertise, guidance, and positive examples. The application will allow schools to request volunteer mentors and guest speakers. It also will allow potential volunteers to sign up, create a personal listing with their biography and resume, and learn about school performance metrics.
SQLizers: SQLizers examines the relationships between health issues and educational success.
SQWABBL: The app provides the end-user the power of an intuitive, but technologically advanced tool to examine ANY dataset. We leave the interpretation of what the user is examining to the educational experts who use it. Parent blocks represent a column name, and child blocks of those parents represent all of the distinct values within that column. For each parent block a user selects, they are specifying the type of data they want returned. For each child block a user attaches to a parent block, they are specifying the filters for the values they want returned. A video demonstration is available at http://youtu.be/kiUHfqBv4F4.
Uhh-Mazing: Helps educators to determine when students from different ethnicities start dropping out from the educational system.
VDOEOpensource.org: VDOEOpensource.org streamlines the data distribution pipeline at no cost to the school system. This app is a multi-platform tool that provides parents, teachers and administrators access to school performance data, regardless of how the device connects to the internet. Decreasing the time our faculty spend processing data allows for increasing the time they can devote to students. As a web-based application, VDOEopensource.org applications work on phones, tablets, PCs, Macs, Linux, and most platforms that can connect to the Internet. A video demonstration is available at VDOEOpensource.org Demo.
Virginia Education Geospatial Analysis System (VEGAS): This app provides two unique geospatial and statistical views of Virginia public schools and districts. It uses a novel approach to provide as much information as possible in a single symbol. The VEGAS application rapidly and easily presents a wide range of educational information to assist in decision-making. The application is designed to be used across a wide variety of devices. The VEGAS application takes the approach of providing a wide-variety of easily consumed statistical information in a single view. This application simultaneously displays up to 6 variables about each school: School location; School student membership; Grade range of students; Average SOL score; Dropout rate (for High Schools); Student to teacher ratio. A video demonstration is available at VEGAS Demo.
Virginia Right Trac: Virginia Right Trac seeks to improve the flow of information about best practices in education by making it easier for educators around Virginia to share methods, programs, and initiatives that work. It also provides insights that would allow teachers and administrators to assess the effectiveness of efforts to improve education. A video demonstration is available at Virginia Right Trac Demo.
Virginia S.L.A.M.: Virginia Student Learning Application Manager is a web-based application (for Apple® mobile devices) that allows educators, parents, or even the students to check a student's past and current school performance and locate relevant Apple® applications to identify areas of weakness and to help improve performance. A video demonstration is available at VA S.L.A.M. Demo.
Virginia Web School Search System (VaWSS): Easily find and analyze Virginia public schools near you with important information such as SOL scores, size, etc. VAWSS can use your location to find the schools nearest to you, which can be a big help when looking at real estate. A video demonstration is available at VEGAS Demo.
VLDS Web Service: The VLDS data catalog is available in a format that is not readily accessible to software developers without additional modification. To ease the needs of developers, we have created a web service which allows a programmer on any platform to easily access and query the cast VLDS catalog. In this way, we hope to extend the accessibility and usefulness of the data to third party developers. A video demonstration is available at VLDS Web Service Demo.
XIAR: This program sorts personal data according to year of graduation, gender, student number, race, division name and number, school name, limited English proficiency, and disadvantages. A video demonstration is available at XIAR Demo.