Efficient learning is a goal many countries are trying to pursue, some of them successfully and some would struggle despite big money invested.
A well-educated person has a measurable positive effect on the economy and society comparing to a one who did not complete their education. That includes higher economy potential, less poverty, more taxes paid and lower rates of criminal offence.
“The incidence of institutionalisation problems among young high school dropouts was more than 63 times higher than among young four year college graduates. ... The average high school dropout will cost taxpayers over $292,000 in lower tax revenues, higher cash and in-kind transfer costs, and imposed incarceration costs relative to an average high school graduate” [The Consequences of Dropping Out of High School, Northeastern University, USA]
There is a demand to transform education practices so they become more inclusive and personalised, promote collaboration between learners, facilitate experience sharing among teachers and engage families in learning.
This will not only help to retain learners in classrooms, but also will accelerate learning and make it more enjoyable for everyone.
“Human beings are naturally different and diverse. But education is based not on diversity but conformity. … Teaching is creative profession, teaching is not a delivery system, Teachers mentor, stimulate, provoke, engage” [Ken Robinson, TED Talk]
However, more dynamic and personalised education that makes a student in charge of their own learning dramatically increases load on teachers. Given the amount of pressure teachers have in a classroom today, it is a ‘mission-impossible’ for many schools.
There is a need for innovative tools to support teachers and learners in classroom situations, suggest current gaps, inform of next learning steps and engage families in learning on day-to-day basis.
With education paradigm shifting so rapidly and fundamentally there are no efficient tools to solve the emerging needs yet. We develop SchoolTalk as a first system of this kind to support the transformation of education sector.
What innovations SchoolTalk has to offer to educators?
SchoolTalk is a learning ecosystem that supports and promotes practices proven to accelerate learning. SchoolTalk offering is well aligned with top priorities defined by Ministry of Education for 2014-2018. To see the case studies prepared by our schools, please click here.
Below there is a list of SchoolTalk’s unique features, their impact on learning efficiency and effect sizes backed by John Hattie’s research.
Negative effects inhibit learning. Low effects promote learning, but at rates not exceeding average. Effect of 0.4 corresponds to a 1 year's shift in one year - average pace of learning. Effects over 0.4 accelerate learning.
1. Progression-based real time indication of progress
Impact on learning: Teachers are able to set adequate and challenging expectations for students of themselves based on knowledge of their prior learning
Hattie’s ranking: Teacher estimates of achievement (1,62)
2. Multi-teacher learning environments
Impact on learning: Collective and collaborative focus on teachers evaluating their impact and the results on student attainment is a powerful precursor to student success.
Hattie’s ranking: Collective teacher efficacy (1,44)
3. Tracks pace of learning and provides roadmaps to help student to set challenging but achievable goals.
Impact on learning: Student has clear expectations of their chances for success
Hattie’s ranking: Self reported grades (1,44)
4. Easily identify struggling students
Impact on learning: Helps to prevent academic failure through early intervention and frequent progress measurements. Enables early systematic assistance to children who are struggling.
Hattie’s ranking: Response to intervention (1,07)
5. Student calendar calendar with daily summative and formative goals
Impact on learning: Clear learning intentions that describe the skills, knowledge, attitudes and values that the student needs to learn increase student’s chances for success
Hattie’s ranking: Teacher clarity (0,75)
6. Provide formative feedback on learning activities
Impact on learning: Any activity can be used as an assessment of learning progress before or during the learning process itself. As opposed Summative assessment which evaluates at the end of teaching, when all is done.
Hattie’s ranking: 0,68
7. Option to share achievements and goals with families
Impact on learning: Parent are engaged in their children's learning in a constructive way
Hattie’s ranking: Parent Involvement (0,49)