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Floop Intern Spotlight: Jack Boyd

Jack Boyd ( LinkedIn ) interned with Floop from June - September 2020, working as a Software Engineering intern on building Teacher Referrals and Co-teachers in the Floop web app. We continued to work with Jack as a part-time developer past his internship. He is earning his B.A.S. in Application Development from North Seattle College, graduating June 2021, after which he will be looking for opportunities in Software Development, specifically Web/Android Development.  We've loved working with Jack because of his self-direction, attention to detail, and collaboration. Learn more about what Jack accomplished in his 3-month internship with Floop. An excellent problem solver, communicator, and team player - Jack is a joy to work with. He drove the development of two large features of the Floop app, Teacher Referrals and Co-teachers, and his thorough approach and attention to detail resulted in production-ready features. Not only does Jack drive his own work, he takes the initiative to s
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Floop Intern Spotlight: Dan Jack

  Dan Jack interned with Floop from June - September 2020, working as a Software Engineering Intern on profile editing and LMS integration.  We are so lucky that Dan agreed to continue working with us as a contractor and is now our first employee! We love working with Dan Jack because of his leadership, attention to detail, and impeccable documentation. Learn more about what Dan accomplished in his internship with Floop. Dan has a rare combination of excellent people and technical skills, thriving as both a leader on a dev team and as an individual contributor. He engages with stakeholders throughout his development process, with clear communication and meticulous attention to detail, resulting in the consistent delivery of production-ready features. By modeling excellent communication and creating systems for documentation, he empowered our team with better collaboration practices moving forward.  Some of Dan's superpowers are: Leadership - Dan displays leadership through his st

Floop Intern Spotlight: Kenny Ma

Kenny Ma ( LinkedIn ) interned with Floop from Dec 2019 - Sept 2020, working as a Program Manager (PM) & UX Intern and then a Software Engineering (SWE) intern on improving Floop’s onboarding experience.  He is a sophomore studying Computer Science at the University of Washington graduating May 2023, after which he will be looking for opportunities in software engineering and product management. We loved working with Kenny because of leadership, self-awareness, and self-advocacy. Learn more about what Kenny accomplished in his internship with Floop. Kenny is a fast learner and impactful contributor in both individual and leadership roles. At Floop, Kenny excelled as both a Program Management intern, helping his team consistently meet milestones with high quality, and as a Software Engineering intern, driving his own learning and projects to develop features end-to-end. With his keen sense of self-awareness coupled with self-advocacy, Kenny will continue to grow and thrive in whatev

Floop Intern Spotlight: Silvia Calinov

Silvia Calinov ( LinkedIn ) interned with Floop from June - September 2020, working as a Program Management intern on our feature development process. She is a junior studying Industrial Engineering at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo graduating June 2022, after which she will be looking for opportunities in industrial design. We loved working with Silvia because of her focus on user needs, openness to feedback, and collaboration. Learn more about what Silvia accomplished in her internship with Floop. Silvia brought her expertise in Industrial Engineering to her Program Management internship at Floop, analyzing our company’s needs to redesign our operation processes. During her internship, she demonstrated initiative to improve her work from feedback and sought creative opportunities to collaborate with team members across functions. Silvia was a joy to work with, and the tools she created have streamlined our operations and saved our team valuable time. Top Acco

Should we have tests in virtual learning?

Kevin Ruiz is a senior at Cleveland STEM High School and a marketing intern at Floop.  Should we have tests in virtual learning? “We will have a test tomorrow.” Is the last sentence any student wants to hear, now imagine hearing that you have to take a test from home, but the question for teachers is how will we have students take tests from home or even evaluate how much they are learning from home. I’ve always been a student who doesn’t like studying or preparing for tests, but when you get that test back and you see that A or 100/100, it’s one of the best feelings in the world, but at times there are those bad tests. In this virtual learning environment, we as students and teachers have to figure out what is the best way to have students take tests when we are learning from home. I feel we could have many ways to loop around the struggles of taking a test from home. I would prefer no tests but I still feel like there needs to be something where we could be evaluating our learning fr

Self Grading

Kevin Ruiz is a senior at Cleveland STEM High School and a marketing intern at Floop.  Self Grading    This blog was created with the help of Mark Barnes , a well-known person in the teaching industry and founder of Times 10 Publications . I asked him a few questions regarding self-grading and he gave me some very good responses, so I would like to thank him for that. Now onto the blog. Self-grading is when a student self assesses an assignment or test and they evaluate how they think they did on the assignment. For self-grading to work, both the students and teachers have to understand what it takes for self-grading to work and benefit both sides. As a student who has been asked to self assess, I always tried to be as honest as I could with myself, and occasionally there had been times where maybe I gave myself a better grade than I deserved. I also noticed other students grading themselves much higher than what they knew they deserved. Soon enough the teacher in our science class wh

Peer Learning Groups

Kevin Ruiz is a senior at Cleveland STEM High School and a marketing intern at Floop.    The success of peer learning groups Having your students build relationships and teaching them how to interact with others is a great skill. In the real world we may be put with others to work on a certain project or we may just have to interact with others in general at work. So, making sure students are constantly learning and practicing these life skills is important. This summer I was involved in a program at Seattle University, it was a business program for students all over the country and even some international students, and mainly no one knew each other. We were all given the task of creating a business with real-life numbers and scenarios, but we would have to do it with a group of students we didn’t even know and all of it would be done through Zoom meetings. Along the way, we had a college counselor to help us with anything we needed and to help us be more communicative with one another

The Era of Virtual Learning

Kevin Ruiz is a senior at Cleveland STEM High School and a marketing intern at Floop. My experience In early March I was in the middle of soccer practice when we found out school would be suspended for one day so it could be cleaned out and disinfected in case Covid-19 had been in the building because there had been a reported case of someone coming in contact with a person with COVID, but then one day became 2 weeks then 2 weeks became 2 months and next thing you know the school had been suspended for the rest of the school year. All the students were thinking was how will we learn or go to class now? How will teachers grade us? Will we even go back to class, all these questions started coming up for us with no immediate clear answers, Then all of these apps started coming up, apps that were made specifically for online interactions and could hold many people in a virtual environment for like a class. Wow perfect am I right. In my case my school used Microsoft Teams to hold office hou