When we started building Lola, we thought it would make sense to include a simple messaging system. In testing, we soon discovered that students want to send private messages to teachers and special education assistants. What we didn't expect was that they prefer it!
By making it easy to send preconfigured messages, for instance, a student can let a teacher know they need help without having to raise their hand or call out to the teacher. With private messaging, students are in control.
For now, we've just added a few shortcuts, or buttons if you like, so that teachers and students can quickly send messages without typing out the whole sentence or question.
We're working on other ideas, but we need your feedback. What would make teacher/student communication more seamless?