A platform which adapts to every user

by Louise Young
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So many platforms are available which serve a particular use for a particular user. In schools staff may feel overwhelmed with staying on top of multiple systems for multiple uses, AND for multiple users.

You may have one system for assessment which is aimed at teacher input, and SLT data analysis. This may result in exporting information to get together in a different format for parents.

You may have a homework system which students log on to at home to find, and complete, homework due.

You may also have a learning platform or communication tools which are separate for parents and students. In some cases this may mean repeating the same messages in multiple places. Putting a message on the Year 5 Learning Platform page about the upcoming trips for students to read, then copying to the parent noticeboard. Or even having to send a text to parents from a completely different system.

The reason schools often end up having a different system for every audience is because the platforms themselves often do not adapt automatically for you. The problem lies here in training particularly which has a knock on effect for all staff and parents. If staff have to learn how each system works and is viewed by both staff and students they are then learning 3 or 4 systems and views of systems and that takes up a lot of time and effort in a world where workload is a watch word.

Much of the failure of educational technology in schools is a lack of the system adapting to multiple users and scenarios, and a resulting inability for all staff to keep learning new systems and changes.

With Kinteract we have designed a platform which works for everyone in the same way, yet in the background does some clever technological magic to ensure the right people see the right things. One platform could solve all of your needs and the same training which works for the staff also works for the parents and the pupils - a particular rarity! There is no extra cost for parents to get the information either - no upsell for the parent to get an extra output of assessment.

Let's look for example at the feed a parent sees for his child Rowland in Year 5:

And now let's take a look at the view of the feed shown when Rowland himself logs in:

You will notice that Rowland and his dad both see the post about books for the library, and if we scroll down the feed for Rowland we see both he and his parents can see the post about homework. But what Rowland also has at the top of his feed is a post about the Good Samaritan. This is because this is a class discussion. Pupils here can see other responses from pupils in their class, but parents are not able to see this post as it is an extension of the work done in classroom and we realise this has a different level of sensitivity.

Below you see a different view again - this time the view of the Year 5 teacher when they log in.

The teacher can see the posts for Rowland, plus any posts for pupils without Rowland in as with the assessment for SEND pupil Joshua here. You will also, crucially, notice that in the posts that Rowland can see, such as the class discussion and any group observations and group assessments, that by default Kinteract only show the name of the child or parent of the child tagged, and not the name of all the other pupils who may be tagged in the same post.

Everyone has exactly the same look and feel. Everyone has the same workflow for adding comments and posts. But everyone gets the information relevant to them without teachers having to worry about what pupils and parents can see. Parents and pupils only ever see what is relevant to them based on a simple click of the right groups when building a post. It's as simple as this - if teachers can use Facebook they can use Kinteract. Very little training required. Kinteract is also intuitive for parents who may have used similar social media too. This takes away one of the biggest headaches schools face when getting parents and pupils involved in systems used internally.

It doesn't stop there with your school controls either. The school can choose whether or not parents and pupils can add posts and comments themselves or not into the pupil timeline, and if they do they will only be visible to themselves and their teacher not to anyone else. This promotes genuine discussion and home school communication without any concerns regarding safeguarding and GDPR.

For a system which really works for everyone - take a closer look at Kinteract by booking a demo with one of our knowledgeable team.