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Kandoolu Goes Live at TRETC

Nov 09, 2016

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The Kandoolu Learning Navigator made its public debut yesterday at the Pittsburgh Tech Council's Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference, hosted by Montour High School.

Dr. Bart Rocco, Superintendent of Elizabeth Forward School District, led a workshop session along with OHS President Chris Sweeney and Senior Project Coordinator Keriann Lons. Elizabeth Forward has helped pilot this tool, and talked about their experience shaping and implementing it in the classroom. Chris provided some background on Kandoolu's development and highlighted the varied potential uses of it in teaching and learning. Session attendees got to participate in a hands-on demo through Keriann's live trivia game and provide feedback on its functionality.

So what exactly does Kandoolu do? The OHS team's latest creation provides prebuilt standards-aligned questions to simplify the creation of quick check-for-understanding quizzes. It allows teachers to view student progress in real-time so they can tackle common misconceptions or put students in small groups for further differentiation. Kandoolu then assigns a variety of practice activities to reinforce key concepts for struggling students and enrichment resources to challenge high performing kids. No more “one size fits all” homework.

“Kandoolu is a game-changing new tool that gives teachers immediate information on student learning,” said Dr. Rocco. “Students are directed to personalized skill-based resources that are geared towards their individual areas of strength or deficiency. Kandoolu lets students control their own learning and have fun while reaching academic success.”

Our team held down a booth during the day-long conference where folks could get more information on our tools and experience Kandoolu in action. Folks from districts across the region stopped by to give our trivia game a try, which featured such mind-stumping questions as, "How many curves are in a paperclip?" or, "Who was the top-selling female pop artist in 1997?" Contestants competed for a chance to win gift cards and, obviously, the top spot on our scoreboard.

We had a great time meeting so many innovative educators. Thanks to Pittsburgh Technology Council, Montour High School, and all others who helped make this conference so great.

If you're interested in learning more about Kandoolu, check out our press release or visit its page on our website.

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