ATLANTA, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Four schools in greater Atlanta's Mainstay alternative education network use a behavior tracking and classroom management app that is becoming a powerful tool for helping the country's most challenging students.
LiveSchool automates paperwork-heavy behavior tracking systems with a school-wide platform that makes sharing information and enforcing consistent rules and rewards easy. The app is among the new education-related technologies on display through Friday, Feb. 8, at the National Alternative Educators Conference here.
Studies show children with severe behavior problems benefit the most from positive reinforcement, but sending consistent messages can be difficult in schools with multiple teachers.
Teachers tasked with managing students with behavior issues increasingly find technology is a vital partner in tackling a long-standing problem that makes learning difficult for all students."LiveSchool allowed us to replace our archaic paper and pencil data collection system with an electronic system that is much faster and more efficient," says Mainstay school coordinator Richard Brantley. "It helps drive development and maintenance of students' behavior intervention plans." Emphasizing positive behavior is particularly important to alternative schools, which enroll students who have been removed from traditional public schools, often due to emotional behavioral disorders. For students with severe behavior challenges, better technology means school is more predictable, fair and fun. "Technology is the new language of learning," says Lori Lamb, president of the National Alternative Educators Association. "Our teachers expect current tools to help them be their best." With LiveSchool students earn points or "behavior bucks" for good behavior to redeem for field trips and other incentives, a proven approach to improving school behavior supported by educational research. The app, used in 15 states and 45 schools, introduces and builds financial literacy as students manage their accounts and make choices about when and how to spend their earnings.