While the debate is ongoing about participation trophies in youth sports, one place where effort really matters is the classroom. An edtech startup called e4effort makes it count.
No parent likes to find out that their child has earned a bad grade in school. But when it comes time for parent teacher conferences, teachers like Leon Boler in Minnesota knows it make all the difference in the world if he can report to parents that their child is trying and trying hard at that.
I was one of those lazy students, that got bad grades because I wasn’t “working to my full potential”. I know that there were kids in the class who were the direct opposite. Kids that always had the best looking papers, and raised their hands and participated in every discussion. Sometimes though, those kids weren’t getting good grades either.
With the app that Boler has created, the efforts of all students in the classroom can be easily tracked and measured. Teachers can quickly see who they need to call on next for an answer or notate that a student has fallen asleep in the classroom.
With e4effort, one of the main focuses is positive reinforcement for kids to actively participate. There are plenty of apps out there to help keep track of the bad stuff, and interventions. e4effort is the first app to really help teachers manage effort, participation and collaboration.
Last month at FETC teachers who went and spoke with Boler at the e4effort booth, instantly got what the app was all about. It’s an app that teachers have been waiting for, for years.
E4Effort helps teacher score students in four main areas:
- Are they ready?
- Do they pay attention?
- Stay on task?
- Behave decently?
With , E4Effort teachers finally have a tool in their arsenal that is able to improve participation and make students more tentative to the discussion. With E4Effort teachers 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.
Check out our video interview above and for more information visit e4effort.com. You can also chat with Leon at TCEA in Austin, February 5-9th, booth #2247