Digital Technologies and Maths teacher, Box Hill High School
Head of Product, Edapt Education
The world that our young people are navigating every day is rapidly changing. While traditional academic achievement is still important and provides a solid foundation, it is becoming increasingly crucial that students are also developing broader capabilities and skills that are crucial to success in learning, life and work.
The challenge for us as teachers is: how do we capture all the great things that students are doing that don’t fit neatly into the curriculum box? How do we empower them to set goals, work towards those valuable skills and capabilities, and reflect on their progress? And how do we even get to know about all the great things our students are doing outside the classroom?
Edapt Education's Learner Profile
Edapt Education’s Learner Profile sets out to meet this need, providing students with the ability to share portfolios of work, celebrate achievements, and track goals. As teachers, we can view an individual learner’s profile, provide feedback on what they've uploaded or get an overview of a group of students.
The Edapt Learner Profile connects these student-driven contributions with a historical overview of the student's progress drawn from a SIS, LMS or other reporting sources. But it's not really about the data – the numbers just provide a way for the student and teacher to better understand the academic strengths of the student so that the student can best focus their energies into an area where they will succeed.
Looking to the future
The Looking to the Future report made clear that we must be equipping our students with more than an ATAR. I have spent most of my career working with high-achieving students whose ATARs may look impressive and gets them into university, but they too are becoming increasingly restless with a one-size-fits-all system. More than simply looking to the future, using a Learner Profile with our students gives them agency to craft their own future by sharing and emphasising the aspects of themselves that they are most proud of.
Currently, it is only possible for students and staff to access the platform; however, there are plans for parents and guardians to be included in the conversation – an important step that would allow the Learner Profile to act as a dynamic tool for parents to better see and hear their students rather than waiting for a generic semester report.