PowerSchool: From Pencils To Personalized Learning Platforms
Hardeep Gulati, CEO
Sir Thomas Edison had once famously predicted that the motion picture is destined to revolutionize our education system and that in a few years, it would supplant largely, if not entirely, the use of text-books. Over the past 100 years, many areas of life have been revolutionized, but education is least likely to be one of them. As the established teaching methodologies keep reaching their limits in most developed countries, technology is playing an increasingly prominent role to bring upon a radical transformation in schools and universities- allowing new approaches such as the inverted classroom, MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) and mobile learning. Moreover, poised to be on the leading facets of educational technology platforms, Powerschool, with a global ecosystem of 32 million students, 66 million parents, and 100 million users, boasts being the hub of schools and district educational network. The most widely used students’ information system in K-12 education; Powerschool strives on empowering teachers and driving student growth through innovative digital classroom capabilities and real-time communications across multiple mobile devices.
In the last two decades, education technology has taken on a whole new definition. Leaping with technology integrated learning, Education 3.0 is believed by researchers to educate students, at all levels, in ways that promote 21st-century skills and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow. “We provide the industry’s first Unified Classroom experience with best-in-class, secure, and compliant online solutions, including registration, student information systems, learning management and classroom collaboration, assessment, analytics, and special education management,” says Hardeep Gulati, mastermind and the CEO of PowerSchool group. The Unified Classroom is the only platform that, in one seamless application, delivers a complete education technology solution. Its advanced, convenient tools deliver streamlined efficiency which is proven to give back more time for delivering instructions tailored to the needs of each student. Exploiting the platform the teachers stand a few clicks away from assigning students to responsive and differentiated instructions, nurturing a culture of data-informed decisions.
Bill Gates, in a TED talk subjected towards the necessity of teacher-feedback, rightly said, “We need a system that helps all our teachers to be as good as the bests in the world.” If teachers were made clear regarding their fundamental roles which more than delivering information, are to guide the student in the social process of learning, the outcomes are sure to be phenomenal. Relying on this vision, Powerschool has devised PowerTeacher Pro- a platform that embraces superior classroom management through tools that empower teachers.
PowerSchool Strives On Empowering Teachers and Driving Student Growth Throght Innovative Digital Classroom Capabilities and Real-Time Communications across Multiple Mobile Devices
Being built for teachers by teachers, the easy-to-use yet robust platform drives student growth by enabling institutions to emphasize on specific areas of a student’s drawbacks and consequently allowing them to individualize their learning experience. With its easy and intuitive user interface accompanied by advanced features and flexibility, PowerTeacher Pro supports both standard based and traditional grading in one comprehensive solution. The PowerSchool platform comes complimentarily equipped with PowerSchool Assessment, Gradebook and Learning. This wide line-up of software, both as a corporate suite and individual platforms, has been innovatively crafted to serve a unanimous goal of unifying the classroom experience, by empowering teachers as well as driving in student productivity.
With unique assessment, grading and learning tools PowerSchool is not only empowering teachers but also emphasizing on students’ improvement through differentiated instructions, powerful apps, and student engagement. At Jane H. Bryan Elementary School (Bryan), located in Hampton, Virginia, a notable increase, in the percentage of students passing the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) mathematics assessments, had been noticed right in the first year of implementation of PowerSchool. While only 30 percent of students passed the 2012 spring mathematics state assessment, the figure escalated up to 76 percent in 2013 after the incorporation of PowerSchool Assessment to the institution's existing teaching methodologies. The students passing rate also showed significant increases across 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.
The ideas revolving learning are evolving, and this change is even more noticeable in the K-12 space. Mr. Gulati further asserts, “Our kids are much more technology natives than we were ever as technology immigrants.” Driven by his leadership, PowerSchool goals to improve the K-12 education experience through innovative technology. More than being passionate about education technology, the entire team at PowerSchool are most importantly striving to make a difference in the lives and education of students, to motivate and influence teachers, and the enhance operations and management of administrators. Standing today, academic systems await a future which is not only technology intensive, but dependent. And education technology is the curve we need to look forward to as we figure out how to make education more impactful. And following this technological headway, PowerSchool, which started as the first web-based students’ information center (SIC), continues to boast of creating history from a leading front of the education technology industry.