The Telegraph has reported that until relatively recently, a pupil’s behaviour at school was recorded by the simple process of a teacher putting pen to paper. In extremis, the parents would be summoned in person and appraised of their child’s misdemeanours. But paper, it seems, is fast falling out of fashion.
As the creeping domination of our lives by smartphones proceeds unchecked, its spread to schools was always inevitable. And so today, in lieu of the outmoded report card, a growing number of parents now receive alerts about the minutiae of their child’s performance via their phones, often multiple times throughout the day.
Some 70 per cent of UK schools have apparently signed up to one app in particular, ClassDojo, which updates parents throughout the day, not only about how their children are behaving but also by sharing photos and videos of “wonderful classroom moments.” Another online system with a pupil-tracking function, Go 4 Schools, serves to “capture, analyse and share classroom data in real time”. An app is currently in development, which will include live alerts about student absences, among other things.
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