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HoloTracker

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Substantiating holistic education is difficult as there are no practical and reliable means to assess students’ progress. HoloTracker tackles this challenge by helping educators record behavioral data as it happens, painting a full picture of students’ progress in holistic development. With in-depth, data-backed analytics, we generate holistic reports and help educators improve teaching practices.
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Target Group
1 350
Children/Users
3
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2019
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Updated on July 30th, 2021
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Why did you create this innovation?

Despite the recognised benefits of holistic education, progress has been limited as there are no practical and reliable means to measure student progress. Often, it takes a backseat to academic assessments that seem more easily measured. HoloTracker makes evidence-based holistic education a reality by providing teachers with a simple tool to record observations and substantiate holistic education.

How does your innovation work in practice?

HoloTracker seeks to achieve change in schools by treating educators as agentic, rather than pressuring them into esoteric, mechanical, and ultimately inauthentic frameworks.

HoloTracker allows users to master the process without much prior training. The simple and intuitive UI encourages them to capture large numbers of micro-observations without much fuss. With multiple educators observing each student over time, records are layered to generate powerful analytics that illustrate individual students’ holistic journey and produce deep insights about classes, cohorts and pedagogies.

HoloTracker challenges and assists educators to intentionally build powerful habits. It engages them into a rhythm of observation, self-reflection, communication, and improvement of their approaches. Through this, teachers deepen insights about themselves and others, reassess assumptions about individual students, and are nudged to engage students more effectively to yield tangible student outcomes.

How has it been spreading?

HoloTracker has piloted successfully at a Singaporean public primary school. Over 2 years, the pilot grew to include 1350 students, with teachers generating over 11,300 observations and using our holistic reports for parent-teacher meetings.

We prioritise user and academic validation. Prof. Damian Bebell at the Boston College Lynch School of Education has been conducting research on the impact of HoloTracker on teaching and learning in a K-12 context. This research is being scaled up to include more schools in Singapore and globally.  We are extending pilots across Asia and are preparing to raise a seed round in 4Q21. We aim to impact 100,000+ lives by 2023.

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).

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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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Achievements & Awards

June 2021
Innovation page created on HundrED.org
December 2020
Finalist, Grand Prix: EdTech Firm of the Year, EducationInvestor Awards 2020
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