New Product Features: Easier, Faster, More Valuable EdTech Management
Why “EdTech Effectiveness” is About More Than Just Effective EdTech
We’ve released powerful new updates to LearnPlatform to make organizing your edtech environment faster, easier, and more valuable than ever. Here are four of the most valuable updates our users said would make their lives headache-free (and their organizations more edtech effective!:
Minimum Data, Maximum Impact: How LearnPlatform Supports Districts in Keeping Private Information Safe and Secure
Edtech effectiveness is about more than just having “effective” edtech. Sure, knowing a piece of technology can positively impact test scores is important, but it’s only a small part of the equation.
For which students is the tool most effective? How much must students use the tool to improve achievement? Do you have a similar, less expensive tool that impacts learning just as much? Is the tool fully secure and protective of students’ PII?
Having verifiable, data-driven answers to these questions is at the heart of edtech effectiveness — and it can only be achieved when your organization is fully engaged and working together to find answers.
To help you get there, we’ve developed a new tool called the EdTech Effectiveness Framework.
Q&A with Bill Fitzgerald: New Senior Privacy Officer at LearnPlatform
Student data privacy and security are an ongoing concern; at LearnPlatform, this has always been embedded into our work. Our mission is to expand equitable access for all students to the tools and technology that work best for them.
That’s why we’ve designed our technology, tools and processes from the beginning with data privacy in mind. LearnPlatform functions with minimal data requested and ensures what data is entrusted to us always remains safe, secure, and used strictly for the educational purpose for which it was designed.
As part of our ongoing work on data minimization and data security, earlier this summer we launched a new Privacy Center…
New Research Reveals These are the 40 Most Accessed EdTech Tools in America
We know privacy matters. For students, teachers, districts, and for the edtech providers who handle their data. That’s why we’re excited to announce the newest member of our growing team — Bill Fitzgerald, Senior Privacy Officer at LearnPlatform.
Bill brings significant knowledge, experience, and thought leadership to LearnPlatform, in the areas of student data privacy and related issues, having previously led work at Common Sense Media/Education, Project Unicorn, and with various school districts and education organizations.
Get to know him a little better in this Q&A:
Districts & States Asked, We Answered: Here’s Your Complete Data Privacy Solution
U.S. school districts used an average of 703 different edtech products every month in the 2018-19 school year, according to the latest findings from our EdTech Top 40 research, conducted across 1,000 schools around the country and covering more than 1 million teachers and students.
Increasing Transparency Between IT Leaders and Product Providers to Support Student Success
LearnPlatform is releasing all-new functionality, integrations and upgrades to provide districts and states the complete student data privacy solution they need — and requested.
We’re Officially the Go-to EdTech Analytics Source for 1 Million Users
Recently, our CEO and co-founder, Karl Rectanus, was a presenter for three sessions at the Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando, FL, including a workshop with Jenny Herrera, Senior Director of ProjectEd.
The primary objectives during these sessions were:
To provide district technology leaders with insights and strategies to improve their edtech decision making;
To bridge the gap between districts and vendors, so that all parties benefits and achieve in the collective mission to improve student success.
Here are three takeaways focused on increasing transparency between IT leaders and product providers through peer sharing and access to data that promotes success for all learners.
Since we began our work of delivering actionable edtech insights and analytics to K-12 school and districts across the country back in 2014, we have consistently heard the same challenge from many of them: “If we don’t know what edtech tools our teachers and students are using, how can we effectively manage things like product efficacy, student data privacy and transparency to parents?”
Flash forward two and a half years, and we’re excited to announce that our tool for delivering these insights, the LearnPlatform Google Chrome extensions have officially “gone platinum,” reaching more than 1-million users nationwide. See what they’re all about.