I started out studying Classics at the University of Cambridge. In 2013 I moved to the Netherlands to study for a Master’s at Leiden University. In my spare time I volunteered at the Expatriate Archive Centre in the Hague. They needed someone to make them a new website, so I decided to learn HTML and CSS.
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My girlfriend teaches Latin and Greek to teenagers and she asked me to develop an app her pupils could use to practise Latin grammar (specifically noun declensions). There were a few criteria: (1) due to slow school WiFi, it would need to be light-weight; (2) it would need to be smartphone-friendly, so pupils can practise anywhere; (3) the design would need to be positive: don’t focus on what went wrong, but on how to do better next time.
The principle of the app is a simple one. The pupil is presented with a Latin noun and they have to select what case and number it is. If they get it right they are greeted with a big green screen and a tick mark to reinforce how great they’re doing. If they get it wrong they are shown the solution and an explanation of the thought process. This makes it a great learning tool, because feedback is a fundamental requirement for improvement.
This app is still a work in progress. So far I have completed the the functionality, but need to do some more work on responsive design to ensure it looks great on all devices. The app currently contains the vocabulary from the Latin textbook in a JSON file, but I intend to replace this with a database that can be easily edited or added to. Pupils can select the chapter they have reached in classes, so that they will be presented only with familiar words and grammar. In the longer term, I would like to add user accounts so that pupils can save their settings and get personalised statistics.