When teachers at Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences (LMGHS) in Brooklyn need a complete picture of each student – learning styles, behaviors, assessment scores – they don’t flip through a sheaf of papers or dig through an unwieldy mainframe for data after they leave the classroom. All 50 teachers reach for iPads running APO Office (Assistant Principal of Organization Office), a student information system based on FileMaker Go, the best-selling business database app for iPad and iPhone.
When asked, teachers say APO Office is a driving factor behind the 1,000-student school’s impressive 98% graduation rate. They have in-classroom access to hard facts like student test scores, as well as to observations such as individual student strengths. They can see whether or not students have grasped topics such as algebraic expressions, and immediately review or advance to the next level to match instruction to students’ current level of understanding.
Insights are applied on the spot to group students for assignments, employ illustrations to connect with visual learners, or share anecdotes to help eager listeners. And, if “Sally” has not been completing her homework, teachers can share this information and discuss better methods of instruction or intervene as a team.
“FileMaker Go enables us to know each learner,” says Michael Weinstein, Assistant Principal of Organization for LMGHS. “Teachers can share information in real time, enabling them to make more informed instructional decisions and support the unique learning needs of each student.”