We’re looking for creative, curious, and committed coders to come up with more scoring ideas for our fantasy sports-like games for learning, where students draft countries or states and score points for news.
Right now, fanschool.org turns data from the New York Times and the Global Database of Events, Language, and Tone into scores that are both understandable and encouraging for students: We call them news “Mentions” and news “Tone”.
Our mission is to get young people developing better (or any) daily news interaction habits, in a way that’s more in their sweet spot for learning.
If you’ve ever played fantasy sports, you know this is a much better model for content engagement and event awareness, especially for people who have never held a newspaper. All the data from the news and fantasy sports industries (+ hundreds of classrooms that use us) shows it’s more effective than digital newspapers, video news, email newsletters, or news via social media.
This is an open-ended task, but here are a few ideas on my development list:
1. Use Twitter streams or hashtags from legitimate sources (or aggregate trends) to create a “social media” scoring metric:
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2. Come up with positive and/or negative scoring metrics like “Healthcare” or “Economic Growth” or “Happiness” or “Literacy” using sources like the following:
Our World In Data
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The 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals: a new visual guide to data and development
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Topics: Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform
High-level review of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
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In other words, can we create scoring metrics for any of these?
We already use GDELT data for our news tone scoring metric. They just released another version (linked below), which might provide even better data to score dynamically. Here are a few examples of what it can do:
GDELT GEO 2.0 API Debuts!
We are immensely excited today to announce the debut of the first of the GDELT 2.0 APIs: the GDELT GEO 2.0 API
What about scoring metrics for U.S. states from these databases?
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Our nation, in numbers. USAFacts provides a comprehensive, nonpartisan view of the state of our union.
3. Tell us something cool we don’t even know about yet…
What I can guarantee you:
+ your scoring metric(s) will be appreciated by hundreds of paying teachers
+ your scoring metric will be used by hundreds of thousands of young learners
+ my execution around getting your scoring metric into the hands of customers and users and paying you for it
What I can’t guarantee you:
- a ton of my time defining your task for you
- a paid career working on it
Please pass this along to smart people you know too. Thanks!