On Monday, I had the pleasure of visiting one of the local schools and observing students use instaGrok. Such observations of users are extremely valuable to a startup, as they give us a lot of insights into how the product fits into the students’ school work, what features they notice or overlook, what is confusing or challenging, and much more.
These 7th grade students were doing research on medieval European history, and were using instaGrok to research a number of open-ended questions. The overall impressions were overwhelmingly positive – students appeared to be very engaged with the tool and provided insightful feedback. One of the action items the observations yielded, was a need to group related queries into one context with the same journal entry – something we added to the product right away.
Big thanks to Gene Tognetti for setting up this interaction, and encouraging his students to not only use instaGrok, but offer written feedback. Gene is very much a visionary when it comes to the role of technology in education, and spearheads adoption of innovative technology in his own school.