TORONTO, Aug. 16, 2016 /CNW/ - Today Edusight, one of Canada's fastest-growing education technology platforms for students, teachers and administrators, launched Edusight Magic, a collaborative and customizable analytics service that enables K-12 school districts to use data to understand and inform how students learn. Edusight's platform, available on the web and for iOS, is free for individual teachers to use, and has helped over 6,500 K-12 teachers document the learning of over 100,000 students through the web-based gradebook and portfolio tool.
Edusight's goal is to help students focus on growth, rather than on grades. The platform's Edusight Classroom tool allows teachers to capture data about their students' learning, including notes, photos, audio, and videos in the classroom, and combines it with grades to help track student growth. The launch of Edusight Magic means that administrators can now tap into the insights collected by teachers in the classroom and use that data in real-time, instead of using static dashboards or reports based on out-of-date information.
"We built a comprehensive product to help individual teachers make changes in the classroom, and through beta testing saw an opportunity to extend this to decision makers. Edusight Magic allows us to leverage the real-time insights we're gathering at the classroom level to address these systemic challenges and serve school district needs," said Vikram Somasundaram, co-founder and CEO, Edusight. "Finding answers in data that's out-of-date and scattered across multiple sources is a nightmare for school district administrators. We find these answers for administrators so they can focus on improving student learning."
Magic is a hands-on service that enables school districts to identify their biggest systemic challenges and find solutions through a personalized approach to data. Edusight provides each school district with their own dedicated Edusight Advisor, a data analyst who will identify the district's needs and priorities at the start of the program. Edusight Advisors then analyze and interpret the data gathered by teachers using the classroom portfolio tool, involving administrators in each step of the analysis.
Rather than using a standardized dashboard or cluttered interface, Edusight presents key results with recommendations that are tailored to the administrators, based on previously discussed priorities and objectives. Any constant metric or data administrators want to see will be backed into the reports and updated regularly. Magic integrates seamlessly with Student Information Systems (SISs) and also deploys the Edusight Classroom tool to capture real-time information from teachers and students, which allows school districts to combine existing data with real-time data to understand where students are and where they need to go.
"We're excited about the launch of Edusight Magic. The use of real-time data provides early indicators that can improve our understanding of our students' performance," said Dino Miele, Chief Information and Innovation Officer, District School Board of Niagara. "Data products we use today involve a lot of work from our administrative team before we get value. Edusight Magic provides us with a dedicated advisor who knows our needs and can give us answers in real-time, and this hands-on approach is something other platforms don't offer."
Edusight Classroom is 100 percent free for individual teachers to use. Magic is launching in partnership with three school districts Ontario, including the District School Board of Niagara.
Founded in 2014, Edusight (www.edusight.co) is one of Canada's fastest-growing education technology platforms. Its software is currently used by by hundreds of schools and districts across North America, and over 6,500 K-12 teachers have used its grading and portfolio tools to help over 100,000 students understand their progress. Edusight is backed by YCombinator/Imagine K12 in Silicon Valley, the world's foremost education technology incubator.
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