Last week I launched a new web application, TokenTrack. This site enables you to create a token economy — a way to provide positive reinforcement to motivate people to complete tasks. Using the site, you can create an economy, which is a container for people, tasks and rewards. You can then assign value to each task using a virtual currency called tokens. The tasks and rewards are up to you. You can invite people to your economy by supplying their email address. Everything is private, so participants in one economy can’t see or utilize resources you’ve created in another economy. At the moment, every economy is invitation-only, so no one can access your economy unless you’ve invited them.
This site is an example of a web developer “scratching your own itch.” My daughter likes to do academic and creative projects over the summer, but needs a little structure and responds really well to positive reinforcement. I participated in a few token economies when I was her age and remember really enjoying having the ability to work as hard as I wanted, and to be able to choose my own rewards for my work. Token economies are used in education all the time; if you’re not familiar with them, the Wikipedia article is pretty good.
The site is in beta. It’s free to use for now (at least while it’s in beta). We may charge a little bit for premium features or something at some point, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. There are no major bugs that we know of, but let me know (in the comments or via @jeffreymcmanus on Twitter) if you see any funnies or have any feature requests.
Colophon for nerds: I did the site in Python using Flask. This is my first official site launch using Flask (although I’ve been working on a bigger project for a while now — a rewrite of CodeLesson.com with a new learning management system). I’m finding Flask to be a very productive way to build web sites, more so than the PHP/CodeIgniter combo I’ve been using for the past few years.