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Education truly is in an age of evolution. This week’s episode is a reflection on the previous EDUcal episode. Erick tells us about his agenda adventures back in the day and Josh gives insight into life with kids that are in school. They also discuss how Codelation helped EDUcal take its’ next steps with a mobile app.

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VO: Get ready for your semi-regular dose of random ideas from the guys at Codelation. We like to talk about big ideas companies that are winning, and those that aren't along with current events in our crazy world of software startups. So come along with Erick and Josh, who challenge you to think big, start small and turn your ideas into something on this episode of, from idea to done.

Josh: Hey everyone I'm Josh

Erick: And I'm Erick. And we're just kinda kind of reflect a little bit after listening to our interview with Tyler of educational. And so I think, you know, all of education is in the middle of a very drastic evolution and there's an absolute need to leverage technology for any school to step forward in schools are kind of more than most places kind of forced into this step.

Speaker 3: Yeah. You know, it's a weird UNC, um, here in Fargo, the school districts and really how they're handling things differently.

Erick: You know, I, it's kind of a painful transition for a lot of teachers and administrators and my mom is a teacher and she honestly, she said the last year and even going into this year has been by far her hardest years. And so there's so much more preparation and extra work and, you know, it's just completely, completely different. You know, how has this year been so far for you as a parent and your family?

Speaker 3: Um, well, you know, we're fortunate enough that we have daycare, uh, for when our kids aren't in school, which is certainly not every, not something that everyone has. So, you know, all in all we're, we're doing just fine.

Erick: Yeah. And I think everyone's kind of trying to do justice, but it's just such a weird different time. And so the problem edgy Cal is trying to solve is something that I struggled a lot with growing up, but like believe it or not as a student, I was all over the board and I had some troubles in Iranian in my madness.

Speaker 3: Yeah. Um, not, not surprised. I, you shouldn't,

Erick: I just kind of remember it got to a point where I had to have my teachers sign my physical, my physical agenda book every day before I went home and had my parents sign it too. And they, they had to like communicate through this little book that I rarely wrote in my plan for the week. And so automating that process seems like a nice step between teachers and parents. And just to keep all the little Eric's of the world kind of on the right track. Like, what are your thoughts on the problem? Tyler was trying to solve with edgy Cal,

Speaker 3: You know, I was talking about it with my wife and she is very much once all the papers in the backpack versus online platform. And I was honestly trying to think about, you know, I don't believe I've ever anything with a sheet of paper that gets sent home neither, a terrible parent or a typical dad, or

Erick: You work in a paperless world and try to make the world paperless. And we'll just go with that. So, yeah, and again, I think education and communication is really evolving quickly. Um, this is actually a project that our team helped with and, um, we rarely get to talk about stuff with NDAs and all sorts of things, but this is launching soon. It's a Josh, can you kind of talk a little bit about like what we did to help educate?

Speaker 3: Yeah. So most of the startups we work with, we were the primary developers on it in this case, that was, that was not the case. So, um, Tyler and his team already had built out most of the, the web based interface. So the thing that you'd go to in a, in a web browser, um, we stepped in and built a simple mobile app. We use some technology called react native, which is, uh, a Java script framework that gets us, um, Android and iOS applications. And it's for students to download so that they could check in on, you know, all of their calendar items from school, right from their phones. They're not having to go to a computer.

Erick: And I think that that's, that's just kind of an intro. It's the step that we don't really ever get to talk about is these baby steps. In-between taking like a web platform making a little more mobile and making it. And so, yeah, it was cool to be a part of the next step in that. And I didn't do any of that, but good job, Sue mom, or one of our other delightful nerds, I don't know who did that one, but I'm excited to see the next steps in this. And so did you have any closing thoughts on Tyler and edgy gal?

Speaker 3: Yeah. Uh, thanks Tim for knocking that one out for us. Um, but you know, I, I'm just happy that we're playing a small part of really helping educators grow and, and it's fun to kind of watch them take steps from, um, you know, getting one school on board, having multiple schools to getting a paid platform. It's just, it's, it's neat to see,

Erick: Hey Tim, obviously Tim, so good work too. And again, I think, you know, going to the way we do business, it's fun to see things get past that first initial startup step into the like growth phase. And it's kind of cool to be a part of this. And I, I know that we're prerecording, but they're launching the paid model of edgy Cal next week. So congrats to Tyler and his team. And if you're in the education space at all, you should check out edgy Cal.

Speaker 3: Yep. I definitely agree with that. So thanks for listening. We're hoping, you know, to start with that, could you use our advice and random thoughts? Send them over to correlation.com to hear the next podcast.

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