Frequently Asked Questions

What is Lighthouse?

Lighthouse is a learning platform for learning environments.

Our platform organizes students, as well as the content they are exploring or learning.

Lighthouse allows an educator to use the content they teach already, but provides a direct link to a hub of information, called the 'harbor,' filled with countless extra activities, problems, stories, videos, or any other meaningful learning experience.

The harbor is crowd-sourced, by other educators, or by anyone around the world that wants to share something cool or meaningful to them.

What problem is Lighthouse solving?

There are 100s of learning platforms, and most of them are either good at one thing, or poor at a multitude of things.

Today, the problem is choice; for educators, and students. When teachers need to add new content to either challenge or excite their students, that process itself is too difficult. It is a problem that has yet to be addressed.

Lighthouse is the only solution which organizes students, their content, and provide a window to exciting and new activities.

What makes Lighthouse different?

Lighthouse will organize content visually.

The human brain is phenomenal at spatial organization.
Lighthouse organizes content visually, and contextually links together similar students and activities, making your class and your content easier to manage.

This is not only easier for teachers, but it is also easy for parents and the students themselves to understand what it is their learning.

What do you mean by context?

People have an easier time remembering things if what is being recalled is put in the right context - if the right environmental cues are given.

By putting what a student learns into their own personal context, learning becomes easier, and more enjoyable. And, it makes teaching easier.

How does Lighthouse help me teach?

Unlike learning platforms such as knewton, Lighthouse is not adaptive learning, meaning it's not a clunky, tech-y, hard-to-use teacher replacement.

And, unlike Khan Academy, Lighthouse is not geared towards explicit content delivery.

Lighthouse takes what you want to learn or teach - whatever it is, wherever it's from - and makes it easy to see how things are connected with one another.

This means the learner sees how topics relate, instead of relying on notes, or teacher explanations, regardless of topic. Can a student who enjoys history use that interest to learn Mathematics? With Lighthouse, you can find out.

Furthermore, Lighthouse let's students choose the lessons they want to learn. Lighthouse not only lets teachers enter and share problems that they have, but Lighthouse also provides a large database of rich content, made by educators and teachers (not by a company), that can fit into any curriculum.

How does Lighthouse personalize learning?

"Personalized" learning is a buzzword these days. This means it is important, and technology is just beginning to enable it.

Lighthouse takes a different approach. With a smartphone, teachers can snap photos, record voice memos, and jot notes on the success of a student in solving something.

Each student will have their own map. Lighthouse keeps track of these insights on a per-student basis, and visually connects similar topics, strategies, and problems. This will differ from student to student.

What makes Lighthouse so important? 

Lighthouse aims to personalize learning for students without the use of artificial intelligence as the primary technological backbone. This is for one main reason - bias.

Economic standing is still the number one predictor of student success - artificial intelligence in classrooms, although highly effective at differentiating student ability, falls victim to societal biases. It cannot measure your income, and it cannot measure what students do outside of the classroom, which is where most development occurs.

We believe AI is damaging to learning outcomes, and equality, at the elementary level and below.

Lighthouse aims to personalize education for learners purely by focusing on the learners choices, and how they learn in their environment, and not through some repetitive process behind a screen.

Where is Lighthouse now?

We are expecting to launch the harbor - the platform for creating and sharing problems and content in the beginning of March!

By June, we'll have a functional prototype of learning platform, and by September we'll make an alpha version freely available to individual tinkerers.

Who should use Lighthouse?

If you're an educator looking to technology to organize your students, or an educator using technology that seems frustrating and cumbersome, you should sign up for updates.

If you're a student looking to use more intuitively organize the content your learning (yes, if you're rocking solo you can still use Lighthouse!), you should also sign up for our updates.

How do I get involved?

If you're a teacher/educator/just curious and want to chat more, send us an email!

Get ready to see what we've been building.

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