AN APP AND SOFTWARE PACKAGE THAT WILL ENABLE YOU TO CAPTURE TEACHING EVIDENCE,
MAKE PUPIL ASSESSMENTS, PRODUCE VIVID REPORTS AND DELIGHT PARENTS – FAST.
Open the app. Take photos or video. Tag these with the names of relevant pupils, and subjects, Add a commentary, if you wish, and you’re done. You have created a record which goes into individual timelines for each teacher, class, subject, activity group, team, child – you choose exactly what you want to see.
The timeline presentation means that your teaching evidence is always organised, elegantly presented, and ready to be shared effortlessly with colleagues, authorities and parents.
Here are those steps again…
CAPTURE A MOMENT
You can capture a moment of achievement using any camera or by scanning a document, but the easiest way is using a tablet or phone and the Earwig app. To see how easy this is, check out the video.
To turn this into a record, add a short comment, tag the image with the subject and relevant pupils from the dropdowns and, bingo! You’re done. It generally takes 10 to 20 seconds, depending on how long your commentary is, but the important thing is that then you can forget it. No more going back to stick photos into books or annotate them. There is even a special widget to enable you to create a whole class full of individual records in one go.
CHOOSE YOUR TIMELINE
To bring up a timeline of all the relevant records, for whatever period, just go to the Timeline Filter and choose what you want to look at, or show. A couple of clicks and there it is. Vivid, brilliant, relevant, current. You can save this as a PDF and print it if you wish. Couldn’t be easier or quicker. Leaves more time for teaching.
USE A TIMELINE TO SHOW PROGRESS
Each school can create its own list of tags to ensure that timelines reflect their priorities. Subject heads can track achievement in their subject across classes and Heads can get a birds-eye view of progress across the school, compare one year with another and select records that establish standards across the school. Cluster moderators can see how different schools to encourage best practice.
It also means that you are ready for that ‘no-notice’ Ofsted inspection, whenever it may happen. Serious stress relief!
SHARING WITH PARENTS
While everyone subscribes to the idea of increasing engagement with parents, it’s actually a difficult and time consuming activity for teachers. When your school runs Earwig, this happens automatically. Parents can log in to see what their child did today and discuss this while it is fresh in their child’s mind. Children are more motivated. They perform better and Ofsted, of course, love it. Everybody wins.
Because it deals with images of children, safeguarding is always central to the way that Earwig operates. All data is encrypted and each school’s content is confined to approved users. Each user can only access the information which is relevant to them. For example, parents can only see records relating to their own children. Looked after children are dealt with automatically and parents can ask to have their children excluded from the process.
REPORTING AND ANALYTICS MODULE
EHCP BASED TARGETS AND REPORTS
THE EARWIG ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK LIBRARY
SPECIALIST FRAMEWORKS IN EARWIG
In the ‘post levels’ SEN educational environment, most special schools have developed curricula and assessment mechanisms of their own, but many also use specialist schemes which deal with a particular disability or development area. There are dozens of these already available in Earwig. These are a few of the more popular ones.
Click on the name to learn more about the framework. If you would like to see a detailed breakdown of the framework elements in the Earwig package, click on the image and search for it in the Earwig Framework Finder.
The Autism Education Trust framework
SLD and PMLD assessment from the EQUALS Trust
From Enham Trust
For use by trained Rebound therapy trainers
Originally developed for SEN teaching in Wales
Multi-disciplinary, for ASD
Essential skills for independent living
And many, many others, all in several different variations.
If you don’t see what you are looking for in this list – it’s probably in the Framework Library.