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What’s It Like? 

Pairin is a survey-database and visual-representation program that allows for all-in-one access both to survey scores and to lessons for survey sub-skills. First Pairin asks students to complete a 15- to 20-minute survey that can be accessed on a smartphone, tablet or computer. The survey measures 105 soft-skill personality attributes by asking participants to choose between a “yes” or a “no” if the stated trait applies to them. Students and teachers then have access to insights and tips based on each personality attribute. Staff can then drill down to learn more about their students and where they rank on certain personality targets.

Price: Free to Try, Paid

Grades: 8-12

Rating: 4/5

Pros: Minimalist design, multiple charts, and a multi-mode curriculum help educators better understand their students.

Cons: The amount of data and options can be overwhelming at first glance without supportive training.

Bottom line: For educators who have the time, drive, and buy-in, this program is a great data-analysis and character-development tool.

About the Author:

Meris Stansbury

Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.


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