Following is an article in The Big Smoke highlighting some of our key NZ usage numbers and how the platform has helped teachers in the COVID-19 transition to remote learning.

“The fact that it shows who’s having difficulty with certain areas is amazing,” she said. “I can easily read students’ long answers, give feedback and get students to resubmit if needed. In class, I can then focus on any areas that need extra support.”

Education Perfect: The online platform that achieved 60 years’ worth of learning in one day

As students and teachers continue to address the challenges of resuming normal school life and routines, a NZ tech innovator has already successfully spearheaded a viable, online solution.

Leading New Zealand online education company, EP, has been providing an ideal solution for learning challenges faced by students and teachers alike during the nation’s lockdown.

Twelve years ago, two brothers left Otago University in Dunedin, and had a vision to create an online learning tool to revolutionise learning outcomes and teacher productivity around the world. From that bold vision, EP was born.

In the ensuing dozen years, the platform has proven to be a significant success for both students and teachers, with a massive uptake in use. In fact, a combined 60 years’ worth of classroom time was spent learning on EP in one day last month.

With 94% of NZ secondary schools currently supported by EP, the platform has recorded enrolment numbers totalling 360,284 and growing, among the more than 1.2 million students in over 4,000 schools across more than 80 countries.

CEO of EP Alex Burke said that there’s never been a more important time to support our school communities.

“We couldn’t be prouder of the way people around New Zealand and across the world have embraced our platform and technology to continue their learning,” he said.

“The user-friendly and intuitive interface has made it easier for teachers and students to adapt to this new way of learning. EP’s ability to seamlessly integrate with other school tech platforms, like Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams, has also helped to minimise disruptions as we transitioned to remote teaching.”

The platform has been receiving widespread praise from teachers and students, as a vehicle which enables and encourages transformative teaching and learning experiences for lifelong learners, not just the school-aged students.

At Mount Maunganui Intermediate School on the Bay of Plenty, teacher Melissa Teirney commented that EP had been a fantastic online learning platform for students.

“It has been awesome seeing students dive into this new challenge, while also, as a teacher, having the opportunity to provide instant feedback and feed-forward,” she said.

Praise has also been coming from Waihi College’s Nicole Clare, who has found it amazing to be able to see and to track student engagement and progress.

“The fact that it shows who’s having difficulty with certain areas is amazing,” she said. “I can easily read students’ long answers, give feedback and get students to resubmit if needed. In class, I can then focus on any areas that need extra support.”

Robert Hamblyn, a teacher from Wairoa College in Hawke’s Bay is an EP veteran user of two years, who has been using EP to compliment his daily classroom programme. He said that EP is a must-have classroom tool.

“Being able to personalise tasks for students is certainly an advantage for both the teacher and the student,” he said.

The platform is also receiving plaudits for its use as a distance learning tool. Stephanie Collingwood, a teacher at the currently closed Auckland private boys’ school King’s College, has been using EP in a distant learning capacity during the lockdown.

“I have enjoyed using the assessment function of Education Perfect to ensure that students can still be assessed for learning during distance learning,” she said.