We receive a lot of feedback from the teachers and administrators we work with on ways to enhance their experience with LearnPlatform and on which topics in the world of edtech they find most beneficial or would like to learn more about. When educators share their insights, we listen. And over the past few months, we noticed a handful of topics seemed to resonate within the education community more than others.
In an effort to continue helping educators understand how to make their edtech work smarter for them and drive increased student outcomes, we want to re-share some of the recent posts that our readers have engaged with and shared the most in 2018. As always, your feedback is welcomed.
1) What is EdTech Management?
Whether the idea of edtech management is something that excites you or leaves you searching for the nearest exit when it’s brought up, chances are you may not entirely understand what the process fully encompasses. That seems to be the case among many of our readers, as our post answering the question “What is EdTech Management?” has been one we have seen shared the most in 2018.
Snippet: “One thing that most schools agree on is that edtech management should be a collaborative effort among educators and not rest solely on the shoulders of one or two individuals. That equity of responsibility and expertise is not achievable without a centralized management system that should address six key areas…”
2) Data Interoperability: Applying Playground Principles to EdTech
The demand for quality data is high among schools and districts all across the country, but the usability, comprehensiveness, format and accessibility of the data currently available are not yet where they need to be. Data interoperability plays a critical role in providing key findings on the impact of edtech tools to educators and administrators, to assist them in making informed purchasing or evaluative decisions regarding their instructional technology.
Snippet: “Product companies that are pursuing a path of interoperability are already beginning to reap the benefits… In the long run, a commitment to interoperability results in major savings for school districts and increased revenues for product companies.”
3) Student Data Privacy: A Who, What, Why and How
As technology continues to permeate throughout all parts of our lives, data collection (particularly in the education space) is no exception and the sensitivity of students’ personal data is a hot-button issue. However, like data privacy in most sectors, the rules and regulations regarding student data privacy are still playing catch-up in comparison to the numerous technology tools and platforms that currently saturate the market. In this post, we outlined who is most affected by student data policies, what some of the biggest challenges are related to student data privacy and why leaders are turning to LearnPlatform for help.
Snippet: “Maintaining data privacy compliance is one of the most challenging aspects of managing technology on a large scale. There are numerous individual challenges within this area of responsibility, but a few that most often manifest are…”
4) Elkin City Schools Redefines EdTech Management to Personalize Learning
Elkin City Schools (ESC) is a small district in North Carolina, consisting of three schools that are home to 1,200 students. After exploring a number of potential solutions to develop its edtech management processes, ECS selected LearnPlatform to better understand which of its edtech products were being used and the efficacy of those products.The data they collected was eye-opening, and our readers have shown heavy interest in learning how the platform helping this small, but mighty, district.
Snippet: “... Elkin City Schools has improved its edtech vetting, purchasing and implementation workflows, and provided training to give teachers more involvement in the software request and selection process.”
5) Edtech Price Index: Mapping the Journey to Smart Spending and Implementation
Last year, district administrators brought us a challenge: figure out actual edtech costs to help analyze investments on current products and compare the costs of potential new investments. So we did, by creating the EdTech Price IndexTM (EPI), a standardized metric that conveys the true cost of an educational technology by comparing the total cost of licenses that were purchased to the total cost of licenses that were actually used.
Snippet: “Since the formula can be applied in virtually any licensing model (monthly/annual subscriptions, per student fees, one-time costs as applicable to specific student populations), the EPI creates a standard, comparative understanding of costs across products with different pricing models.”
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