SMyLE is a module within our INSIGHT software that allows students to feedback and share their understanding, challenge level or other key indicators in a quantifiable and structured way. This anecdotal regular feedback of their learning provides staff with formative assessment data, to use for improving the delivery of an enriched personalised learning experience, for every individual pupil and their specific learning needs
Formative assessment data
Formative assessment, a method of taking regular pupil feedback of all the activities undertaken by teachers to help modify teaching and learning activities in which they are engaged, helps improve learning across all content areas, knowledge and skill types and levels of education.
As SMyLE is browser based, pupils can access SMyLE over the web, on mobile phones and tablet devices, as well as desktop computers within school, meaning access need not be a problem. Pupils can reflect upon their learning privately, rather than in front of the class, so each can have their say, not just the confident and articulate, without the distraction of peer pressure.
Continuous and periodic sampling
In addition to using SMyLE to continuously monitor pupils, staff can also create personalised surveys, containing any number of questions, each of which can be responded to in numerous ways from simple Yes/No responses, through Likert scales to multiple choice. Pastoral, personal or curriculum groups can be invited to take part, and results are automatically analysed and presented.
Deliver enriched personalised learning
More detailed regular feedback enhances classroom observations and lets you know how your lessons are being received by everyone individually, which is crucial if enriched personalised learning is to be successful. Lessons can be focused when you know how each pupil wants to learn, and the knock on effect on pupil motivation is significant.
Pupils summarise their experiences within parameters decided by school. These parameters might include Enjoyment and Achievement, Progress, Learning, Effort, Challenge and so on. SMyLE is fully customisable, you can even choose a colour theme. It can be configured so that a single teacher sees only their class, or it could be used across whole departments or by your entire school. You choose who sees what information. If certain members of staff do not wish to benefit, they can opt out
SMyLE is being used to collect evidence that newly qualified teachers are demonstrating the necessary professional standards to achieve qualified status