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    Ten Trend: Real-time reporting
    11 April
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    Ten Trend: Real Time Reporting: Focus on the technological solutions that help connect parents/whānau with learners with emphasis on the human connection.

    What’s this Trend all about?

    Ten Trends technology wedge

    Effective use of assessment data in a digital age is at the forefront of our thinking in education. For example, on-going data sharing (digitally) can provide parents and whānau access to ‘on demand’ information about their child’s learning - wherever, whenever. In a digital age, that demands more personalised experiences; it would seem a six-monthly, one-size-fits-all model for reporting needs to be revisited, so that students and their whānau can get a more accurate picture of their child’s real-time performance (Ten Trends 2019 PDF, p10).


    What’s driving the change?

    1. Demand for more timely, personalised feedback
    2. Greater emphasis on formative assessment and reporting
    3. Technological developments

    MarathonThere is plenty of evidence and research to show that regular connections between parents and whānau and school and kura can have a positive impact on learners. With technological advancements, anyone can receive ‘on demand’, real time, personalise feedback (how am I doing) on pretty much anything - from health records to bank records. So it would seem six-monthly reporting on student/ākonga progress is an outdated and ineffective way to provide real-time formative assessment to inform next steps in learning.


    CORE Education PLD facilitator Katrina Laurie, has been working in schools where Ten Trends, Real-time reporting and Understanding Success has resonated with her schools.


    Katrina quote


    How have the Ten Trends been introduced?

    As soon as the CORE Ten Trends 2019 were launched on Facebook, Katrina Laurie could see connections for the teachers and leaders she was working with. As Katrina says “It has allowed opportunities to further understand our focus, ask more questions, delve deeper into what this looks like in practice”.


    In Linton Camp School, there has been a PLD focus on assessment capability and learner agency so students can articulate and share their learning via digital portfolios with parents/whānau.


    Ngā wero or challenge: Teams to prepare an elevator pitch about the Ten Trend: Real-time reporting.

    Teachers familiarised themselves with two of the Ten Trends (Real-time Reporting, Understanding Success) and then worked in pairs to create elevator pitches about Real-time reporting and Understanding Success trends and the drivers influencing this. This led to deeper discussions and wonderings, which in-turn, progressed into trialing innovative ways to create authentic, real-time reporting opportunities with the students - to help develop assessment capabilities using Seesaw. See examples of this below.


    Wer or challenge



    What examples can we see?

    Westmere School (Whanganui) has engaged in Digital Fluency PLD for some time now, with a growing focus on using Seesaw to replace their mid-yearly reporting format.


    Purpose: Show how authentic progress across the curriculum whilst developing a unique, student led set of evidence to monitor progress and celebrate learning. Using Seesaw is as much about the process as it is the product.

    In this context, the Ten Trend: Real-time reporting was shared with the staff, where they further explored ways to use Seesaw (skills section and folders) to report in real time; so that students can share their learning with parents and whānau. The school developed the following draft framework to help guide this process.


    Here’s what the staff have had to say about progress towards responsive, real-time reporting.



    There are some powerful guiding questions (Ten Trends 2019 PDF, p. 14) you can use within your school/s. Why not comment below and share how you have or will introduce the Real-time reporting trend in your school? We’d love to see what personalised, on-going, on-demand reporting looks like for your students. Simple join the CORE Ten Trends group to contribute below.

    A big thank you to Katrina Laurie, Linton Camp School and Westmere School for sharing this story.

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    Thanks for that extra info and thinking Katrina - such a valuable think-piece to kick off this Trend

    - By Tracey Scott
      • Tracey Scott
        By Tracey Scott
        Apr 18

        Thanks for that extra info and thinking Katrina - such a valuable think-piece to kick off this Trend

        • Katrina Laurie
          By Katrina Laurie
          Apr 11

          It is really important to recognise that this (information shared in the post) is an evolving process. Thank you to Linton Camp School and Westmere School (Whanganui) for being brave and sharing where you are up to in regards to this hot topic. 

          Just today I had another conversation with a leadership team about how to get to managing real time reporting and the mind shift that needs to happen to axe the written report and accept what real time reporting can provide. By the time a written report report has gone home how much relevance does the information have? The opportunity to discuss the learning can be missed because so much more has happened in that space of time.

          Something I am passionate about is how we deepen the learning conversation that a digital platform can provide. This in turn amplifies what we can discuss and share in a face to face e.g a three way conference (parent, student and teacher). 

          Some strategies I have seen implemented include the students asking for specific feedback in posts and more importantly students developing the language of learning when they share their learning. For example a student might take a photo of their writing and read it. Why not structure a post to include statements like; Today I learnt... I tried to... My next step is.. OR ask a question in the post to engage further conversations (I've seen this last example at all year levels)

          Another way might be to use a combination of Ziteboard and Screencastify (if working on chromebooks) for students to show their thinking in the current maths strategy they are learning. 

          I would love to hear what you are doing, there are many platforms out there being used and it would be great to hear how effective your strategies have been in real time reporting. What do we and our parents/whānau value in the written reports that can be done in real time? Can we minimise the extensive time put into written reports with a shift to just real time reporting?

          Ngā mihi :)


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