Technology has put so much data and information into the hands of teachers, administrators and even parents. There’s an abundance of solutions measuring students performance against metrics based on standards, assessments and test scores. There are other platforms that take things into consideration like discipline and interventions. But all of these tools don’t measure or report data on one of the most important metrics, student in class effort.
E4Effort’s is the brain child of Leon Boler a Minnesota based teacher who realized the need for a tool to track student effort while teaching in the classroom. He noticed, what many other teachers notice, that the same students were putting their hands up over and over again to answer questions. He also noticed that the same students that kept their hands (and heads) down, did it over and over again. Boler realized that if there was a way to keep track of student effort and essentially grade students on their effort, they would quickly increase participation.
Bringing the app to life was no small feat. Boler has gone through several iterations and several app developers until they finally came up with a platform that had all of the metrics and measurements needed, the algorithms to track it, and was simple enough that teachers could enter data without deterring from the class. Boler also had to figure out how to bring this amazing idea to life without deterring from his classes. Through love, effort and his hard earned money, he was able to bring it to life in 2014.
E4Effort helps teacher score students in four main areas:
- Are they ready?
- Do they pay attention?
- Stay on task?
- Behave decently?
With , E4Effort Boler finally had a tool in his arsenal that was able to improve participation and make students more tentative to the discussion. With E4Effort teacher can hold students accountable to how active they are in class, and at the same time bring even introverted students out of their shells and into the discussion.
Students become involved in theE4Effort process with classroom recognition. The recognition category within the app gives all students their chance to be publicly praised and awarded. Naturally this gamifies E4Effort to a degree where all students want to do the best they can for their E4Effort scores. Unlike other classroom metrics, all students have to do to get good marks is show an effort.
You can learn more about E4Effort at FETC 2018 in Orlando Florida, January 23-26th in the startup area, booth #2011J and online at e4effort.com
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