Top 10 Blog Posts of 2018

Over the past 12 months, we’re provide edtech heroes like you, from around the country, with research on the latest trends in education technology, detailed analyses of important topics like student data privacy and interoperability, and actionable strategies for saving time, saving money and improving outcomes. We’re proud of the insights we’ve shared and couldn’t be more excited for what we have to share in 2019.

Until then, here are our top 10 most popular blog posts from 2018. We hope you’ll see an old favorite on the list or find a new piece to share with your fellow educators as we head into the new year.

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What's the Difference Between EdTech Management and Single Sign-on Authentication and Rostering?

The education market has never been more inundated with classroom technology. Education organizations need tools that save time, save money and improve outcomes as they expand their students’ access to digital learning solutions.

As such, the importance of education technology management (“edtech management”) platforms that help organizations achieve these goals is steadily on the rise. With that rise comes some confusion, particularly when compared to tools that offer single sign-on (SSO) authentication and rostering (for example, Clever or Classlink).

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Four New Reasons LearnPlatform Has the ‘Most Charming Team in EdTech’

If it seems like every few months we’re introducing you to a handful of new team members, well, that’s because we are. As LearnPlatform continues to grow and reach new districts across the country, so does our diverse team of passionate educators, researchers and technologists. This “charming” group of individuals (as we’ve been called) is helping to drive the mission of expanding equitable access for all students to the best edtech around. So, what can we say? We enjoy bragging on them a little bit. Here are a few of the newer faces around the LearnPlatform office.

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How Danvers Public Schools Improved EdTech Vetting, Requests and Analytics with a Single Solution

In an effort to control the safety of the edtech tools were being used, Danvers Public Schools created a product request system to provide teachers with a process for suggesting tools they thought would be beneficial. Unfortunately, the sheer magnitude of the system proved to be more daunting than expected.

That’s when the district discovered LearnPlatform and its edtech management capabilities.

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How One California School District Organized and Streamlined its EdTech to Answer Key Questions on Utilization

Resting between the Pacific coast and the San Francisco Bay is Portola Valley Elementary School District (PVSD), home to two schools that serve the needs of nearly 600 students. See how this California-based school district utilized LearnPlatform to create its own district-wide edtech library, design teacher request workflows and implement individual teacher libraries to better share edtech usage with parents.

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Weighing the Value of Breadth and Depth in Measuring EdTech Utilization

When it comes to educational technology, school and district-level officials can’t theorize about the effectiveness of a given app or digital tool without first understanding who is using it, how it is being used, how often it is accessed and its ultimate impact on student learning. 

The challenge is, for many organizations, edtech “data” often comes in the form of peer reviews, social media Q&As, biased product websites and other sources that don’t paint a full picture of a particular tool’s pros and cons.

So where can schools and districts look to find sufficient data on their digital learning inventories?

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Four Utah LEAs Leading the Way in EdTech Measurement and Management

Aligned with Utah’s Digital Teaching & Learning Initiative (DTLI), the Utah Education Network (UEN) and Utah State Board of Education (USBE) chose to offer a pilot of LearnPlatform to local education agencies in the state.

The comprehensive edtech management system gave all Utah educators the ability to see and share their experiences with education technology tools and provided streamlined inventory management, fidelity monitoring, product impact measurement and reporting for DTLI grants and other needs.  

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