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Thought Bubble

Students share videos of their mathematical thinking with teachers for personalized feedback through a mobile platform.

  • Stage Product In Development
  • Industry Education
  • Location Cambridge, MA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Employees 4

Company Summary

Thought Bubble leverages current mobile/video  technology  to  create  an  affordable,  personal,  and  flexible  K­12 mathematics  learning  experience.  Students   create  short  videos  to  showcase  their mathematical  thinking  in  a  1-on-1 asynchronous  conversation  with  an experienced  math teacher. We work with parents of 4-8th grade students who have trouble talking about math at home.

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    Theodore Chao
    Co-Founder

    Theodore Chao is a former middle-school mathematics teacher, teacher educator, and mathematics education researcher. His expertise involves the use of video/photographs to advance children’s mathematical thinking and mathematics learning in urban schools. He is a leader within the math education for social justice community and a voice within the math education reform movement. He is also a former streaming media software engineer.

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    Melody Koh
    Co-Founder

    Melody Koh brings deep knowledge/networks of the technology startup ecosystem and the investment community as both a digital media/tech VC and entrepreneur. She started an ecommerce startup during her first year at HBS and graduated from the DreamIt Ventures accelerator program in summer 2012. She holds experience in product management, marketing, finance/fundraising, business development, and business strategy.

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    Eileen Murray
    Advisor

    Eileeen Murray brings expertise in secondary mathematics education, specifically connections between secondary and tertiary mathematics. She is a former high-school mathematics teacher, college pre-service teacher educator, college mathematics professor and mathematics educational researcher. Her research involves the secondary and tertiartiary mathematics curricular design, and connecting mathematical proficiency with college-readiness.

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    Jason Yamashiro
    Advisor

    Jason Yamashiro is a former math teacher, elementary-school principal, and middle-school principal. As a principal, he led a dramatic improvement in math performance at both levels as well as quadrupled the number of students taking geometry at the middle-school level. His work involves understanding the educational policy landscape, barriers to teacher and school-level adoption, and alignment to the Common Core Standards.