Case study: British International School of Budapest (a Nord Anglia School)
Emma Pickering, Early Years Leader at British International School of Budapest and Nord Anglia Teaching Fellow
Emma Pickering teaches 3-5 year olds and has been using Kinteract to assess her pupils, record progress and communicate with parents. Emma says ‘Kinteract is compatible with Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, early learning goals. It allows me to take photos and video, hashtag the area and then go back through the data and look at the gaps. I can make a judgment about what I need to observe and plan next steps. It allows me to create a clear picture and profile of each child.
'Parents really like Kinteract – they can see the clear objectives and can tap each area e.g. 'physical development' for more information and insight. They are always surprised at the elements of play that relate to the curriculum.'
Kinteract allows me to reinforce any take away tasks that I’ve discussed verbally with parents and supports the information in the weekly newsletter and they can see the broad areas we need to work on with suggestions.
‘For many of my parents, English is the 2nd language and all my communication with them is translated through Kinteract’s translation capability at the click of a button.
‘Kinteract allows me to show visually what the children have been doing and provides a simple narrative. We always operate ‘in the moment’ and Kinteract connects what we’ve been learning to the curriculum.
‘Learning is unstructured and conducive to early childhood and is based on what interests the children or child on a given day at a given time. It allows for more engagement and is more productive. We scaffold learning around that activity.
‘We have 68 children and operate in an open plan setting with 9 adults. Everyone can feed in to Kinteract and it really helps to see what other adults have observed across the setting e.g. an art teacher. It’s all recorded and forms part of the data.
‘We produce a summative profile 4 times a year for assessment which analyses all the data – typically in October, January, May and at the year end. I produce assessments for the leadership and it’s so much quicker than anything else I’ve used. Previously I was using 2Simple and you just couldn’t refine the information.
‘Now I have live information with a newsfeed and it’s easy to find what I need. I can check literacy history at the click of a button. Everything is there, I just filter to find information by child or by curriculum area or I can hashtag a word and filter using that. You can start to see key themes emerge and how everyone is performing.
‘The data also identifies areas of interest e.g. recently the environment became a more prevalent theme.
‘For anyone new to Kinteract it’s very easy to use from scratch and once all your pupil data is added it’s a breeze. It’s useful to have the free webinar training to use the assessment tool to full advantage. Everything is necessary, adaptive and sufficient. If you ever need any support it’s available immediately and any glitches sorted quickly. Kinteract has made my life so much easier and saves so much time'
‘I can create a Powerpoint for each child on the go and I was able to produce ten observation reports in a lunchtime which previously would have taken hours.
‘Vitally it allows me to stay on top of everything - Kinteract identifies the gaps which means I can concentrate on observation and planning my teaching.’
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