The recently launched Schools Technology department has been hard at work advancing collaboration in international education. If data is your jam, you’ll want to consider getting involved. In addition to providing Professional Development opportunities and Community Engagement — and an upcoming Conference — we have also made improvements to OpenApply’s APIs. We are excited to share these details below.

Virtual Community

Throughout the Academic Year, we have been hosting a series of events, providing free peer support on some of the more technically challenging aspects of schools technology, including sessions on Systems Analysis, APIs and Data Protection. On Wednesday March 16th, we’ll be hosting a virtual session on “Actionable Data,” where we will be exploring data’s place in the school, both organizationally and as a pedagogical and academic tool. It’s happening this Wednesday at 4pm Hong Kong time/8am London time.

Join us for the conversation! We will provide a link to this event, and sign you up for all of our subsequent events.

Faria Education Technology Conference: April 6-8, 2022

The Faria Education Technology Conference is a Professional Development opportunity for academic and operations personnel interested in optimizing systems, enhancing pedagogy, and empowering the EdTech community.
Members of our community have offered their expertise on topics with fascinating titles such as:

  • “Taking the ‘Tech’ out of Tech Director: Why we must be seen as Leaders”
  • “Why don’t people love data?”
  • “No-code solutions for gathering data from our parents”

If you’d like to attend our conference, and have access to the videos of these presentations, sign up now!

Personal Learning Community, on Discord

Supplementing our regular events, Faria also hosts a chat community on Discord for those who share tips and techniques, or ask about best practices.

The purpose of the Personal Learning Community on Discord is to empower practitioners in their usage of technology in International Schools including, but not limited to, Faria range of products. The intended audience are those who work at a systems- or infrastructure-level capacity in schools that deploy Faria range of products, and for integrators and data managers who also work with such.

Invite link:

API Improvements

Interacting directly with the user community has led to some solid feature requests, and we have delivered! Here is a list of recent improvements, plus a chance to provide feedback on API usage in general.

  • “Enrollment Date” data point has been added to the student entity response
  • The “Search Student / Parent by Searchable Keys” pair of endpoints for converting an email address into the relevant entity

Navigate to your API manager for full documentation, or see more details in this survey.

Data Protection Officer

If you have any specific data protection-related questions, please contact our Data Protection Officer. In addition to monitoring our own compliance and providing advice and training to our own staff, our DPO will be available to our customers and their DPOs to discuss data privacy issues.

The DPO can be reached at [email protected]. Please note that any communication with our DPO must be in English.

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