Citrus High School will be featured on PBS for its innovative use of digital hall pass technology. The school’s 1:1 device initiative makes the new digital hall pass system a natural fit. The digital hall pass tool promotes student accountability and streamlined classroom management with fewer interruptions, and provides the school with increased safety and security as well as proactive intervention for potential behavioral issues.You can view the TV special online here, or to learn more about this security tool, e-hallpass, contact Eduspire Solutions for a free pilot.
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BPHS to initiate the use of electronic hall passes
e-hallpass, by Eduspire Solutions, is now available through the Clever app library and can be used as an instant hall pass via mobile device or Chromebook.
Bethel Park High School in Pennsylvania will begin their trial run on Monday, 4/22, as indicated by Stephanie Kroll’s article in the school paper, the Hawk Eye.
Eduspire Solutions, an EdTech startup founded by a tech-savvy teacher in 2016, has developed a web-based software solution that has garnered national acclaim. E-hallpass, praised for its ability to improve classroom management and safety, has transformed thousands of classrooms across the country. With access to real-time, cloud-based hall pass technology and insights, schools are able to better keep track of student activity, behavior, security, and more.
Enhancing School Safety
Imagine being able to pinpoint the whereabouts of any student, anytime. E-hallpass gives teachers and administrative staff that ability. At a time when many schools are increasing security budgets, e-hallpass provides the peace of mind needed. “It’s an additional security measure,” said Adam Knaresborough, assistant principal at Thomas Jefferson High School in Pennsylvania. “Let’s say we had to evacuate and a teacher says, ‘Two of my kids are in the bathroom. I don’t know where they are.’ I could look and see who they are. I could see a picture of them, and it gives us that data real time of where they are so we can go find them.”
So How Does It Work?
E-hallpass is a cloud-based web and mobile application that allows teachers and students to create a digital hall pass at the click of a button, on any device and operating system. Instead of stopping class to scribble a paper pass, teachers can now acknowledge students’ pass requests virtually hands-free, with minimal disruption to instructional time.
The device can be left in the classroom and does not have to travel with the student. From the teacher’s dashboard, active passes show real-time hall traffic data, such as where a student has gone, how long they’ve been out of the classroom, and when they’ve reached their destination. Alerts and notifications make it easy to check in on students who are taking too long or abusing hall pass privileges.
E-hallpass also features reporting by student and time period, so that teachers and administrators can more easily notice trends in hall pass activity among particular groups of students and stem potentially problematic behavior.
Real Situations Call for Real Solutions
In addition to the everyday classroom management benefits of e-hallpass, even the unthinkable becomes easier to mitigate. When a Pennsylvania high school underwent evacuation due to a 2017 bomb threat, all students were accounted for and safely evacuated within ten minutes or less, thanks to the school’s mandate to use e-hallpass.
Additionally, troublesome and expensive issues like vandalism are easier to investigate with e-hallpass, which provides the insights necessary to determine the locations of specific students at specific times and correlate that data with known incidents.
Thoughtful Features Simplify the Lives of Teachers
Because e-hallpass was designed by a teacher, it is in a constant state of evolution as innovative, practical features are added. “Appointment Pass” is a special feature that allows teachers to schedule students for any future time, while “Auto Pass” makes it easy for students to self-initiate a repetitive pass request (such as the restroom, locker or water fountain) with minimal involvement from a teacher.
Backed By Strong Partnerships
Hundreds of schools nationwide have installed e-hallpass building-wide, which has led to support from tech companies like Clever, Amazon Web Services, and Troxell, to name a few. Eduspire Solutions and e-hallpass tour the country by presenting at conferences like ISTE, FETC, and TCEA, and their products have earned attention from notable EdTech sources such as Educents, Getting Smart, EdSurge, GoGuardian, and others.
What’s the Catch?
There is no catch! Eduspire Solutions offers free pilots for schools who are interested in seeing how e-hallpass can strengthen their security protocols or solve their efficiency problems. E-hallpass is a cost-effective way to make a smart investment in the long-term success of schools who are serious about instructional time and ensuring that students stay in class. Eduspire Solutions representatives facilitate demonstrations with administrative stakeholders on an ongoing basis, and tiered pricing and volume discount options are available. Contact Eduspire Solutions today to set up a call, or visit their website to download literature to take back to your school.
The EdStart program by Amazon Web Services, known for “giving EdTech startups a head start,” helps grow and scale innovative and up-and-coming edtech companies. After a selective application process we are pleased to announce that Eduspire Solutions has been accepted into AWS EdStart program. Because technology plays a key role in many learning environments, AWS EdStart helps EdTech entrepreneurs build solutions that are secure, smart, scalable, and cost-effective. This makes AWS EdStart a great fit for delivering on Eduspire Solutions’ mission statement of ‘transforming education through technology.’ We are excited to cultivate our solutions on a scalable platform used by many other leading EdTech companies. We look forward to leveraging the AWS platform to raise more awareness of our software solutions so that we can continue to transform education through technology.
We are pleased to announce that students now will receive a 20-minute and a 5-minute text reminder for their Appointment Pass(es) if you have chosen to allow your students to receive text messages with Appointment Pass.
To Activate Text Messaging
- As an Admin, go to the Control Panel ➔ Module List and make sure the SMS Notification is checked.
2.Please have your students update their profile information with their mobile phone number
1. Awaiting Approval for Appointment Passes
a. Now as an Admin under the Control Panel ➔ Pass Setting ➔ Pass Times, the Appointment Pass Awaiting Approval time can be customized for your school.
b. The default is set to match your school’s current Awaiting Approval time.
The Appointment Pass will still be sent to the teacher dashboard 5 minutes prior to the student’s appointment time, and then the NEW Awaiting Approval for Appointment Passes time will be added to the student’s appointment time,
giving teachers a longer time to approve the pass.
i.e. If the student’s appointment is for 1:00 PM and you have an Awaiting Approval for Appointment Passes time of 17 minutes, then the pass will move to teacher’s dashboard at 12:55 for teacher’s approval and will time out at 1:17 PM, if it is not approved by the 17-minute Awaiting, Approved for Appointment Passes Time which your school has set. If the pass times out, the Appointment Pass will change to blue and become a Missed Appointment.
2. Creating Appointment Passes Directly from Appointment Pass Dashboard
With the removal of the create button from the Appointment Pass Screen, it now requires fewer steps for a teacher to create an appointment pass for a student.
a. Click on Appointment Pass on the Left Navigation Menu Bar
b. Fill out information for your Appointment Pass
c. Click Submit to save the Appointment Pass
3. New Color Legend for Appointment Pass
Pink – Future Appointments Yellow – Today’s Appointments
White – Waiting for Student/Teacher to Activate Green – Activated
Olive Green – Already Active Pass (can’t send new pass) Gray – Ended Pass
Blue – Missed Red – Cancelled
4. Teachers will receive morning agenda emails for their Appointment Passes as well as students
In this TribLive article, Stephanie Hacke shares Thomas Jefferson High School’s new personalized learning initiative. See how our FlexTime Manager software helps transform education.
Should Teachers Use Tech to Teach?
In this blog post from We Are Teachers, there are some great tips about teaching with technology. The main takeaways are to use EdTech tools to enhance student learning, not replace traditional teaching.
Many modern teachers have the goal of engaging students with learning activities that are fun as well as educational. The struggle is finding the balance between integrating technology to enhance instruction versus letting tech take over. This article does a great job of illustrating that fine line teachers should walk with five key steps:
Finding EdTech tools that are relevant to classroom lessons can be an excellent way to prepare and excite even the most apprehensive of students. Apps, games, and other tech tools are a fun way to break the ice and introduce new topics.
Tech tools make great building blocks that can connect the dots between lessons and concepts for students with a variety of learning styles, and they can replace more traditional, sometimes tedious classroom materials such as worksheets and one-size fits all activities.
EdTech tools make great facilitators of extra attention and support that struggling students need.
Igniting students’ natural curiosity about what they’re learning brings an element of motivation to lessons. Teachers can solidify their instruction by incorporating tools that introduce an element of inquiry to an upcoming unit.
- Make it fun
Attention and retention both increase when students enjoy what they’re learning. What better way to make learning fun than by introducing current tech tools?
Change the landscape of learning in your classroom by integrating technology according to these guidelines, and own your teaching!
Students and staff at Thomas Jefferson High School respond to e-hallpass in this TribLive article by Stephanie Hacke from Oct. 24, 2018.