Earwig

Earwig is a system for collecting evidence in the form of images, videos, audio files, documents and pupils’ work. It is multi-platform and can be used with any device.

All of the evidence gathered is stored in the cloud. Once the image or video is taken, it is automatically removed from the device used to take it, and transferred to the cloud.

 

It is possible to add assessment criteria to Earwig. It can produce reports, track an individual pupil’s progress, and can give the teacher a visual overview of everything that’s happening within the school.

Earwig automatically sets up timelines for each pupil and each member of staff. Parents can log in and see their child’s timeline. They can only access information regarding their own children however. Earwig is a closed system and is password protected. Parents may buy images and videos of their own children. A percentage of the money raised is returned to the school.

The basic package is £500 plus £1 per pupil. This is an annual fee. The assessment package costs twice this amount.

The purchase procedure commences with a product demonstration, followed by the product being synchronised with the school’s MIS. There will be at least one comprehensive training session for all staff. There will also be an annual training session for any new staff and for existing staff.

Earwig’s target market ranges from early years units right through secondary school, and is used in in more than 300 schools. It is an innovative and imaginative product that is useful on many levels, not least that of saving teachers’ time.

Verdict: 9/10                                                                   Mark Kelly                                             

 


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