We've recently been featured on the Vulcan Post, courtesy of the very nice Sade Dayangku!
Here, I'd like to expand a bit on the article and to give a more fuller description on some of the problems we see in education in Malaysia:
Student needs being overlooked - chiefly, this is a problem of any standardised education framework whether it's IGCSEs or SPM. Each student’s weakness and/or strength are not given due weight; instead, when homework or work is allocated, it is done so across the board: the weak student is given and expected to achieve the same level of performance as the better abled one. By plowing through the data, Abel is able (no pun intended!) to assign homework to students based on their level of performance based off their historical performance in formative and summative tests.
This leads us to teachers being overworked. It’s incredible how much teachers have to do, I have a tremendous amount of respect for teachers now! The natural question of why students needs are being overlooked can partly be placed on teacher workload: when you are pressed for time, you don’t think so much about the individual student - you can’t. This leads to a stunted understanding of where your students are at. Abel abstracts all the data analyses away, and gives teachers visualizations to identify patterns, and recommendations: e.g. you should reteach Electromagnetism because x% of students scored below the minimum y%. Teachers then get to track these recommendations, almost like their very own to-do list.
Schools lacking a systematic data collection framework: with Abel, students have to input the data themselves through their Abel accounts. If you're a school, you're probably recoiling at this idea! But we’ve streamlined the whole process such that it only takes 5 mins for each student.
This is an order of magnitude faster than the traditional way of teachers inputting data for the entire class, and with much higher granular control. We see this as consistent with the modern pattern of giving young people responsibility over their own data.
For parents, no more "oh Farhan scored 65% in Physics" and instead be able to drill down to “Farhan scored 4 out of 7 possible marks for this subtopic of Dispersion, he could do better.”
I'll be posting a follow-up post on how Abel deals with this. In the meantime, check out the Vulcan Post article here.