Effective Evidence Software
Our third principle is that Evisense must be effective. Schools will not invest in Evisense unless it makes a difference within their school. This can be measured in a number of ways; some are immediately obvious as it changes how the teacher collates or present evidence resulting in reduced workload, whilst others will develop over time. For Evisense to be effective it needs to:
- Reduce teacher workloads
- Easily link evidence to assessments
- Increase parental engagement
- Improve moderation within the school
- Reduce other costs (printing/storage)
We are sure that making Evisense effective in these ways will have a really positive impact on the education a child receives.
When creating Evisense, we talked to a large number of schools to find out how they work and what they need from an evidence system. The responses varied greatly based on the individual, the situation, the school’s IT infrastructure and its safeguarding and data protection policies. Evisense has been designed to be flexible enough to be effective across a wide range of requirements.
- Use our app on iOS, Android and Amazon Fire devices (4MP camera required) to take and upload photos.
OR use traditional digital cameras and upload evidence via the website.
- Take photos when online through the app, tagging any pupil in your school.
OR take photos when offline through the app, tagging pupils in your class now and tagging others later via the website.
- Control the devices used within school so that only school iPads can be used (or other devices approved by the administrator).
OR allow the use of any device (all access is audited).
- Tag a piece of evidence with multiple pupils and share with multiple parents.
OR tag a child on the child protection list and automatically prevent evidence being shared with other parents.
- Allow parents to contribute and add their comments in order to build up a dialogue with teachers.
OR limit parental access to teachers to within the school day, preferring face-to-face communication.
This flexible approach allows schools to tailor the system to provide what they need in a way that works for them.
Sharing and Communication
Early Years settings have the most face-to-face contact with parents, talking to them every day. As students get older the parents have less and less contact with the teachers and the school overall. Parents have to rely on their child to find out what they have done this week or what is happening next week, often receiving very limited information as a result.
Evisense can change that. By sharing evidence with the parents through Evisense, parents can see what their child is doing. This is important because not only does the parent see what their child has achieved, but they can also talk with their child about what they are learning. Increasing parental involvement in this way can have a huge impact on a child’s education and the outcomes.
Once we established that Evisense could build a bridge between schools and parents, we asked the question, why limit communication to just evidence? As a result, the functionality of Evisense has been developed to include different methods of communication. Teachers can share evidence, but can also send messages to individual parents, as well as issuing diary reminders and newsletters. Not only is it really easy for a teacher to send a message, but Evisense also notifies parents via email and through the app when they receive a message. Parents can then use the Evisense app to view evidence, read messages and (if given access by the school) comment on the messages they receive.
Assessment, Moderation and Progress
Recording evidence is a crucial part of the assessment process because this evidence is used to justify decisions made about each student’s learning.
In Evisense you can easily record evidence, add a comment and link the observation to the curriculum. However, one of the most important parts of an evidence system (which is often over looked) is how easily the evidence can be accessed once it is stored. As we developed Evisense we realised that to make evidence as effective as possible, it needed to be accessible in a variety of different ways.
- View evidence by student.
- View evidence by class.
- View evidence by subject.
- View evidence by attainment level.
- View evidence linked to a skill.
Having these options makes Evisense powerful, but it is the way in which they can be used that adds real value. For example, students can sometimes feel low about themselves and what they have achieved. It is really easy to open up Evisense and view the timeline of a student’s work in order to show them how much their work has progressed over the last year. This is far more effective than just talking about improvements.
Teachers can also use the evidence within Evisense to help assess a piece of work, by viewing other work at the same attainment level and comparing it with historic saved work. This process can help strengthen moderation and standardisation throughout the school, as teachers can easily compare their marking against that of their peers.
Linking to Connecting Steps
Evisense enables teaching staff to link evidence to assessments points in Connecting Steps*, our market leading assessment platform. Connecting Steps covers a wide range of curriculums (for example EYFS, P Levels, KS1 & 2 of the National Curriculum). Evisense and Connecting Steps work alongside each other with users, groups and students being linked between applications. Users in Connecting Steps can see which skills have been linked to evidence, as well as viewing evidence linked with subjects, attainment levels and assessment points.
*linking to assessment points requires Connecting Steps V4 running on B Squared servers