The 4 Modules

The 4 Modules

The ClasStars app covers four main areas that help teachers to track Positive Engagement, Identify Invisible Progress, manage Academic Engagement, and record Real-Time Attendance with their students.

Positive Engagement

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Identifying Invisible Progress

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Academic Engagement

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Real Time Attendance

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Why It Works

Why It Works

The foundation of ClasStars is based on the tremendous benefits of a dynamic relationship between the educator and student. In today’s dynamic world, it can be difficult to engage and interact with each student on the level that he or she deserves. The most limited – and critical – resource of a teacher is his or her attention. With an abundance of students, teachers may not always be able to call upon each student, or record the many various actions, either desirable or undesirable, that each student performs, on a daily basis.

ClasStars’ simple and intuitive interface utilizes proven educational and behavioral insights to ensure that each student is being engaged in a consistent manner, while also recording the actions of each student in a classroom. ClasStars provides each student’s behaviors, academic achievements, as well as the engagement between educator and student, to the teacher on an easy-to-read screen, allowing the teacher to make any necessary adjustments to the class in a quick and efficient manner. As an example, if a teacher sees that a certain student was not called upon for an extended period of time, ClasStars will highlight this, at which point the teacher may use this information to engage the student.

The goal of ClasStars is to amplify the limited time and resources of each teacher, ensuring that each student is engaged with, in order to improve the very core of the relationship between teachers and students. By providing accurate and timely information to educators, teachers, school administrators and parents, can all become more involved in the education process.

Teacher-Student Relationship

Teacher-Student Relationship

While everyone knows that a strong teacher-student relationship is the foundation upon which effective learning takes place, it is quite a challenge for teachers to assess this accurately. Countless students feel disenfranchised from their teachers, and very often the teachers don’t even know!

ClasStars looked at the research from the Gottman Institute (https://www.gottman.com/about/research/) on how they predict divorce, to see how we can predict a teacher-student relationship about to go awry, and what it would take to get it back on track. They have found a huge disparity in the ratio of compliments to criticisms between couples in a good relationship and couples that were about to divorce. In lasting relationships, couples maintained a 5:1 ratio of compliments to criticisms, while discussing a disagreement. With couples that would break up within 5 years, the ratio dropped to .8:1 compliments to criticisms.

We realized that if teachers would only have a way to know the ratio of positive to negative engagements that they’re having with each student, so that they can focus on keeping everyone as close to 5:1 compliments to criticisms as possible, many more students would feel the support that their teachers want to give!

ClasStars makes that possible by putting a color-coded border around each child that reflects the ratio of positive to negative engagements. If a student has been engaged more times in a negative way (more down swipes), than positive (up swipes), the border color will be red. This is not intended to penalize the child, deduct points, add demerits, or withhold any privileges. It is simply to remind the teacher to catch this child being good. Engage them in more positive ways. Be more supportive. As the ratio becomes more positive, the border color will change. When it gets to 1:1, the border color will turn orange. At 3:1 it will turn yellow. At 5:1, blue, and 7:1 or better, will be green. This allows teachers to prioritize students who are at risk of feeling disenfranchised, and provide the support that they need, based on their individual level of struggle. The result, a truly inclusive classroom!

Smooth Design with You in Mind

Smooth Design with You in Mind

Our user interface was created based on an abundance of in-depth research regarding the way the brain processes information. For example, did you know that the human brain processes images much faster that it processes text? This is why ClasStars uses pictures of the students rather than simply typing their names. The research also showed that the brain processes colors much faster than text. This is why ClasStars uses a color coded system to identify each student’s needs.

With ClasStars, teachers simply record their observations. While other apps try to decode these observations, like identifying student’s feelings, ClasStars realizes that it is nearly impossible to define and decode behaviors through an app, and therefore we leave that to the teacher. Education experts have told us that the behaviors and events we are targeting are the simplest observations possible, which, on a cumulative basis can provide valuable insight and guidance to teachers.

Our foundation is based on the relationship between the teacher and student. ClasStars provides teachers with all of the information from inside the classroom to help effectively maintain positive relationships with each and every student, drawing the teachers attention to those that are most at risk. We understand that the most critical and limited resource in a classroom is the teacher’s attention. By collecting this kind of data we can help teachers identify which students need their attention the most.

ClasStars provides teachers with the knowledge of how engaged each student is compared to the rest of his class. The teacher can then set individual expectations for each student and can revise such expectations as required.

Why It Works

Why It Works

The foundation of ClasStars is based on the tremendous benefits of a dynamic relationship between the educator and student. In today’s dynamic world, it can be difficult to engage and interact with each student on the level that he or she deserves. The most limited – and critical – resource of a teacher is his or her attention. With an abundance of students, teachers may not always be able to call upon each student, or record the many various actions, either desirable or undesirable, that each student performs, on a daily basis.

ClasStars’ simple and intuitive interface utilizes proven educational and behavioral insights to ensure that each student is being engaged in a consistent manner, while also recording the actions of each student in a classroom. ClasStars provides each student’s behaviors, academic achievements, as well as the engagement between educator and student, to the teacher on an easy-to-read screen, allowing the teacher to make any necessary adjustments to the class in a quick and efficient manner. As an example, if a teacher sees that a certain student was not called upon for an extended period of time, ClasStars will highlight this, at which point the teacher may use this information to engage the student.

The goal of ClasStars is to amplify the limited time and resources of each teacher, ensuring that each student is engaged with, in order to improve the very core of the relationship between teachers and students. By providing accurate and timely information to educators, teachers, school administrators and parents, can all become more involved in the education process.

Teacher-Student Relationship

Teacher-Student Relationship

While everyone knows that a strong teacher-student relationship is the foundation upon which effective learning takes place, it is quite a challenge for teachers to assess this accurately. Countless students feel disenfranchised from their teachers, and very often the teachers don’t even know!

ClasStars looked at the research from the Gottman Institute (https://www.gottman.com/about/research/) on how they predict divorce, to see how we can predict a teacher-student relationship about to go awry, and what it would take to get it back on track. They have found a huge disparity in the ratio of compliments to criticisms between couples in a good relationship and couples that were about to divorce. In lasting relationships, couples maintained a 5:1 ratio of compliments to criticisms, while discussing a disagreement. With couples that would break up within 5 years, the ratio dropped to .8:1 compliments to criticisms.

We realized that if teachers would only have a way to know the ratio of positive to negative engagements that they’re having with each student, so that they can focus on keeping everyone as close to 5:1 compliments to criticisms as possible, many more students would feel the support that their teachers want to give!

ClasStars makes that possible by putting a color-coded border around each child that reflects the ratio of positive to negative engagements. If a student has been engaged more times in a negative way (more down swipes), than positive (up swipes), the border color will be red. This is not intended to penalize the child, deduct points, add demerits, or withhold any privileges. It is simply to remind the teacher to catch this child being good. Engage them in more positive ways. Be more supportive. As the ratio becomes more positive, the border color will change. When it gets to 1:1, the border color will turn orange. At 3:1 it will turn yellow. At 5:1, blue, and 7:1 or better, will be green. This allows teachers to prioritize students who are at risk of feeling disenfranchised, and provide the support that they need, based on their individual level of struggle. The result, a truly inclusive classroom!

Smooth Design with You in Mind

Smooth Design with You in Mind

Our user interface was created based on an abundance of in-depth research regarding the way the brain processes information. For example, did you know that the human brain processes images much faster that it processes text? This is why ClasStars uses pictures of the students rather than simply typing their names. The research also showed that the brain processes colors much faster than text. This is why ClasStars uses a color coded system to identify each student’s needs.

With ClasStars, teachers simply record their observations. While other apps try to decode these observations, like identifying student’s feelings, ClasStars realizes that it is nearly impossible to define and decode behaviors through an app, and therefore we leave that to the teacher. Education experts have told us that the behaviors and events we are targeting are the simplest observations possible, which, on a cumulative basis can provide valuable insight and guidance to teachers.

Our foundation is based on the relationship between the teacher and student. ClasStars provides teachers with all of the information from inside the classroom to help effectively maintain positive relationships with each and every student, drawing the teachers attention to those that are most at risk. We understand that the most critical and limited resource in a classroom is the teacher’s attention. By collecting this kind of data we can help teachers identify which students need their attention the most.

ClasStars provides teachers with the knowledge of how engaged each student is compared to the rest of his class. The teacher can then set individual expectations for each student and can revise such expectations as required.