Storing evidence of assessment and achievement
The Classroom Monitor markbook is a single place where teachers can not only record their assessments, track and level pupils, and write reports in one simple process, they can make notes, attach and store files and evidence of assessment against pupils’ records creating a simple online e-portfolio of pupil achievements.
It’s as simple as highlighting the relevant boxes in the markbook and right-clicking. Teachers can add notes, attach photos, videos, documents or sound recordings onto the markbook, these are stored securely and are instantly accessible for moderation meetings, to pass from teacher to teacher and for sharing best practice across a school. Demonstrating level judgements for Ofsted or for the Local Authority also becomes a breeze.
Photos can be printed as ‘summary sheets’ for parents, great for parents’ evenings, as learning journeys or to support the EYFS as the profile report.
If a primary school is using our online reporting module, any evidence attached to a pupil record can also be shared online with parents. Parents can share in the achievements of their child by seeing photos of work they have done, videos of projects or field trips, links to blogs or even sound recordings made in the classroom. Parental involvement is key to a child’s learning success, inspire your parents and make them feel part of their child’s learning with engaging material, directly from the classroom without adding to teacher workload.
Linking assessment to resources, content and lesson plans
Pupil assessment is only effective if it feeds back into a teacher’s lesson planning and used to shape future learning. The Classroom Monitor markbooks allow a teacher to do just that, any teacher can highlight any objective and link it to content, activities and resources which can be used in their classroom or across the school. Resources can take the form of web links, or files can be attached directly (documents, video etc) and will create a high quality bank of the best resources across the school.
Launching in October 2011, there will already be a library of high quality free web resources and activities mapped to the APP (Assessing Pupils’ Progress) framework for NC levels 1 – 5. This will be a unique service and a highly powerful tool for teachers, who will be able to instantly see class or pupil targets and with one click find a bank of high quality and free resources specifically targeted to that curriculum area.
Not only will this significantly reduce teachers’ workload when it comes to planning, it will have a great impact on pupil attainment as teachers’ have access to a bank of resources they would never have found otherwise, and which are mapped directly to their class needs.