Educators International, a UK-based charity, is bringing a revolutionary tech-based approach to education in developing countries. E.I. produces classroom-friendly educational apps and works in partnership with developing countries to help them implement system-level educational reforms.
Educators International has several apps used for educating students, each custom-built for the student’s home country. AssessmentsbyPhone, the app used by teachers to access and analyze student assessment results, is powered by Backendless.
Michael Stark, Director and Trustee: [We are a] charity comprising a network of highly-skilled professional volunteers, working in partnership with developing countries to help them reform their educational system. What unites us is a passionate belief that every child and young person in the world should get a decent education. As an absolute minimum, we believe children should have the opportunity to acquire the ability to read, write and understand numbers. Shamefully, for most children, that still does not happen. Despite vast investment in basic education over the past two decades, there remains a huge gulf, even in these simple measures, between the outcomes for children attending school regularly in developing as opposed to developed countries. Educators International has used the power of volunteers to develop highly innovative methods of teacher training and teacher-led assessment. We build these methods around mobile phones, a game-changer because they are now in the pocket of teachers even in the poorest countries.
It is our belief that teaching, however good, is worthless without continuous, reliable, teacher-led assessment. But teacher assessment is only of value if you collect the data and analyze and use it in the classroom the very next day. And none of that is possible without the mobile phone that every teacher in the world now carries with them at all times. And the phone becomes a terminal to Backendless. It serves to download the training, listen to it (maybe repeatedly), download the app, generate the randomized assessments, print them using PhonePrint, carry out the scoring, report the results to Backendless, and receive back a graphic display of the aggregated or individualized data. It’s the perfect, completed, continuous loop.