Earwig started off as a parental engagement tool and has evolved into a solution that can store online all learning evidence, including photographs and films, and instantly recall the information.

 The solution allows teachers to take images, upload them to the system, tag them with pupil names and objectives, and share them with parents.
Images can be used as evidence of work done towards GCSEs. The images can either be still photographs or videos and the solution is flexible, allowing teachers to create multiple records for multiple pupils. Assessment modules are also included.
Obviously, security is a major issue with regards to who sees the images that have been taken, so when parents log into the system, they can only see images in which their child is tagged. To ensure further security, when images are uploaded from a device they are automatically deleted from the device. Data storage is cloud based and is administered remotely.
In terms of cost, Earwig charges £2.50 per pupil per year. There is a one-off set up charge in the first year of £2 per pupil. This set-up charge includes full training for the school. There is also a parental subscription of £12 per year, with 25% of the net profit from this sum being returned to the school. So, to a significant extent, the product pays for itself.
This is an exciting way in which schools can make assessments and engage with parents. It is also a highly organised storage facility for digital images.

Verdict: 8/10                              
Review by Mark Kelly, ICT for Education


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