Rapid Cycle Evaluation for EdTech: IMPACT Analysis 2.0

Continuous improvement. Two of our favorite words. It’s what our educators and organizations do every day, and the approach applies to LearnPlatform too; it’s most evident when it manifests as an upgrade based on the needs of schools, districts, institutions and states. We’ve been struggling to contain our excitement about the release of the latest version of our IMPACT™ Analysis technology, IMPACT 2.0. Yes, we think it’s a pretty great update but are most excited to see it used to equip administrators with better, deeper and more meaningful data to examine edtech efficacy in their organizations. The 2.0 update is a direct output of the insights, needs and collaboration with dozens of K12 and higher ed organizations, along with our data scientists and nationally recognized thought leaders, who have run over 100 IMPACT analyses on dozens of products and interventions in the last year.

Sharing isn't just caring, it's smart

What happens when a group of edtech champions and change-makers focused on informed decisions and practical applications of edtech data get together each month? People who are driving education changes in modern, evolving classrooms (not ones still centered on pencils and papers) get even smarter, faster. When educators share their challenges, solutions and experiences in a timely manner, problems are solved. This line of thinking led to the formation of a group called LearnLeaders.

The Road from Research to Practice in Education

Lea(R)n recently visited two historic cities in New England to participate in back-to-back conferences focused on research and practice in education: MIT J-PAL North America Ed-Tech Conference in Boston/Cambridge, MA and the Blended and Personalized Learning Conference in Providence, RI. It is in cities like these where the constructive coalescence of research and practice is not only promising, but actually happening. So it was fitting that these two cities hosted back-to-back conferences that gathered leaders from across the country to discuss educational topics that focused on both research and practice. Read more about the road from research to practice and takeaways from the conferences.

Budget season? Relax, we can help.

Budget planning is in full swing and lots of questions are swirling around — especially when it comes to understanding instructional technology and its growing portion of your budget.

  • How can you plan and prepare your budget while trying to find and analyze data on current student learning?
  • How can you identify gaps between where you are and where you want to go?
  • How do you evaluate choices amongst instructional priorities and weigh options for achieving your goals?

Are your palms sweating yet? Time for a Pepto? Glass of wine? Both? Never fear. Read about how fellow educators and administrators are using our platform to get and analyze much-needed data and results to create a school budget that works for them, not the other way around.

Those Walking, Not Just Talking: Reflections on SXSWedu 2017

SXSWedu holds a special place, both for me personally and in the history of Lea(R)n. Not only for the friends and mentors (and barbecue and music!), but as an annual touchstone to reflect on our team’s professional growth and the evolution of the education innovation landscape.

Just two years ago, we were one of 10 global finalists in the LaunchEDU competition. During that week, the meetings, conversations and competition helped us realize the problems we were solving were much bigger than we realized, and germinated our need to grow from LearnTrials to LearnPlatform. That trajectory defined our next year of growth.

Last year, after expanding to LearnPlatform, we presented with leaders espousing the power of networks of districts working together, which led to a game-changing approach to pricing transparency in edtech and analyzing edtech impact across K12 and Higher Ed.