Improvements to the Playground app provide teachers with more flexible planning optionsDean
Teachers can now be more productive than ever with the new Playground app.
Playground, Discover by Xplor’s teacher platform, supports childcare services in making day-to-day tasks easier for teachers and staff with quick and convenient documentation. Playground promotes parent engagement and helps to assure children’s safety, giving parents peace of mind. The app’s initial release focussed on capturing health events and other health and safety tracking. Other essential functions, such as planning, needed teachers to log in to the Playground web platform.
We’re excited to announce that we’re improving the app experience by incorporating key web features such as planning into the Playground app. With this functionality now available on the mobile platform, teachers can quickly complete programming & planning tasks while on the road while ensuring that they remain compliant.
Kirsten Holland, General Manager of Program and Practice at Catholic Early Ed Care, said that “Direct access to the programming and planning records via the Playground app means teachers are able to create meaningful documentation and record experiences with greater flexibility. The app will enable teachers to interact with the platform in ways that suit them best, saving time and supporting increased engagement with Playground and shared decision-making with children.”
In addition to this ground-breaking mobile-first planning initiative, Playground’s app includes Documents, Tables, and Canvases. These features enable teachers to easily create and share learning journeys with parents. This allows them to report on and track each child’s learning outcomes and progress. Features, such as Canvas, allow teachers to make their lesson plans more visually appealing and engaging.
Our dedication to empowering the early education sector is unwavering. In keeping with this, we met with an education advisory group of five pedagogical leaders to discover how to develop our software for the larger sector. A significant outcome of this session was the realisation that adding planning features to the Playground app would be a game changer for teachers across the sector.
Dr Melinda Miller, Director of Early Learning at First Five Early Learning, explained how the latest version addresses the modern demands of teachers. “When digital platforms are responsive to the nature of educators’ work in early childhood education settings, documentation can become more meaningful and accessible. The evolution of Playground web functionality into the app is responsive to the time-critical nature of educators’ work, a need for flexibility in how documentation is accessed and recorded, and opportunities for working with digital documentation in more innovative ways for and with children.”
Users must update to Playground software version 2.14.0 on their iPad or Apple mobile device to take advantage of this new functionality. Teachers will be able to save time and enjoy the freedom of performing planning tasks while on the go after they update their app.