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New software gives parents a window into child's day

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Hands-on ​information ​sessions to demonstrate the benefits of ePortfolios to families and educators for recording and assessing child development using the private cloud-based learning community, Storypark​, will be given by an education company in Tokyo.

Developed in New Zealand, but used by over 50,000 people worldwide, Storypark is used in Japan by international schools and kindergartens. It has been heralded as a valuable community tool, through the feedback of parents and teachers.

Using ePortfolios, teachers and parents can privately share stories about a child's development with updates, images, video​s​ and PDFs to share the home and school life in ways that have never before been possible, and build a lasting portfolio to be cherished for a lifetime. ​Stories are automatically separated by child to protect ​ Individual privacy ​and help teachers save time. With parents as the administrators of their child’s content​ to join in their child's school life in new ways. ​Teachers can manage comments or posts, tag educational outcomes, evidence of learning, and gather data with administrative tools.

​Training for how to use Storypark ​as an ePortfolio is a free service from Global Partners, and for those unable to attend, private appointments can be​ made. If you are a parent or educator interested in learning more about the benefits of this new educational technology​, information session details​ follow.​

Information Session Dates

October 19, 2015 (Mon) 3:30pm – 5:00pm November 18, 2015 (Wed) 5:00pm – 6:30pm December 14, 2015 (Mon) 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Venue ​ Tokyo Community School 1 Chome-62-10 Nakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo (9 minutes from Nakano Station South Exit) ※ For those who cannot attend due to conflicts with schedule or location, a private visit or online seminar can be arranged.

Admission​: Free

Further Details​: ​ http://storypark.jp/images/Gallery/Storypark-Tokyo-Flyer.pdf

Information Session Registration (English & Japanese)​: ​ http://storypark.jp/

Storypark Features

(1) Create beautiful stories of learning and development Share updates, images, video, and PDFs privately with families to help them experience more of their child's day. The mobile app for iOS and Android allows you to capture learning as it happens.

(2) ​Easy communication made private and secure Update your community with notices, events, reminders or group stories. Have conversations with individuals and get responses from parents - immediately! Every precaution possible is made to maintain security, and parents control access to their child's profile.

(3) Observe each child's learning journey Storypark's reporting features make it easy to see each child's progression, unique interests and family involvement. Notice emerging trends and compare curriculum use over time which is great for planning and curriculum review.

(4) Support for teachers Review and approve work prior to publishing, privately share documents and communicate with your team, invite mentors or professional practice managers to nurture capability, and teacher portfolio's help administrators review a teacher's achievements.

(5) Integrate with community philosophies Work with your choice of curriculum, outcomes, goals, philosophies, dispositions, or subjects. Select an existing framework, adapt one, or create your own, and link to child development stories helping families see how their children are learning.

(6) Records for a lifetime Recorded content becomes the property of a child's legal guardian, and remains accessible even after a child graduates or leaves a community. It's even possible to share their profile with another learning community.

Storypark http://storypark.jp/

Available for any web-capable device with apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android

A fee is charged when a school connects with a child's account 100 yen per child per month (on the discounted 12-month annual contract) 130 yen per child per month (on the month-by-month plan)

iTunes URL: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/storypark/id867828317 Google Play URL: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.storypark.app.android

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