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You can't support what you don't observe

Limited progress has been made to actualise holistic education, as there are no practical and reliable means to measure student progress. HoloTracker tackles this challenge by enabling educators to record behavioural data easily, and produce holistic development profiles for students and teachers. Schools get real-time data to track and substantiate programmes, at no added administrative burden.



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November 2021

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

HoloTracker was created from a growing dissatisfaction with the constant difficulties we encountered in trying to adequately capture and articulate whole-student development. Traditional academic assessments are limited, while other methods such as end-of-term surveys are onerous and laden with cognitive biases. We therefore developed and implemented a solution to this universal problem.

How does your innovation work in practice?

Everyday, educators notice hundreds or thousands of micro-observations that go unrecorded. Yet these represent moments of students’ holistic development that, when captured, forms a fuller picture of their growth.

HoloTracker provides educators with a tool to collect large numbers of micro-observations easily - just two taps on their phone, tablet or computer. Over time, data points from all educators’ perspectives are layered to generate formative reports of their students’ holistic development. Educators get real-time analytics to get fuller insights into their teaching practices. Schools can now track and substantiate their programmes easily, with no administrative burden.

Using HoloTracker, schools can adopt any developmental framework of choice. They can use our HoloMap, well-known holistic education models such as the OECD Learning Compass or WEF Social Emotional Learning framework, or even their own school values.

How has it been spreading?

HoloTracker has piloted successfully at a Singaporean public primary school. Over 18 months, the pilot scaled from 15 to 40 classrooms, with teachers generating over 13,400 observations and using formative reports for parent-teacher conferences.

We are extending pilots across Asia, with a diverse range of public and private schools planned for 2022 and beyond. We are also seeking robust academic validation. Prof. Bebell at Boston College is conducting research on the impact of HoloTracker on teaching and learning in a K-12 context. This research is being scaled up as we enrol more schools in Singapore and globally.

HoloTracker was nominated as a finalist in the Grand Prix: EdTech Firm of the Year category at the EducationInvestor Awards 2020.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

Starting is easy! HoloTracker is framework-agnostic and adapts to your contextual needs. Set up is quick and we work with you from the beginning to ensure success. We look forward to understanding your organisation’s needs and helping you achieve it.
Contact us: Aik (aik@holotracker.org), Huang (th.khoo@holotracker.org)


Pilot in a Singaporean public school
Since 2019, HoloTracker has been piloting with a Singaporean public school. Over a 15-month period (last updated late 2020), approx. 13,500 observations were recorded by teachers, with teachers using the reports during parent-teacher meetings. A research survey administered by Prof. Damian Bebell at the Boston College Lynch School of Education, indicated that teachers found the tool most useful for the following*: Communication with parents (33%), Student Learning (22%) and Communication with other teachers (22%). This insight was also echoed in our observations of teachers’ adoption of the tool (based on internal analytics). During the first months of trial, uptake of the tool was relatively slow, with only ~30 observational data points made by one teacher. However, the first parent-teacher conference proved pivotal: the teacher who had recorded these observations was able to use these insights to communicate more effectively with parents, inspiring other teachers to do the same. Then, we saw a radical uptake in number of observations, with teachers generating over 6,300 observational data points in the second half of the year, an average of 14 per student.This prompted the school administration to broaden the programme to include more levels in the primary school. This expansion led us to a second milestone, where reports of observational data were printed and officially included in the school’s report card system as a “Values Behavior Profile”.*The prompt “Using HoloTracker in my class changed my..” also included other indicators such as Communication with administration and leadership in my school, Student behavior, Student empathy, Student engagement, Student resilience, Student-to-student communication and collaboration, and Classroom culture.

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