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

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Situated near the coast of Massachusetts, roughly 20 miles northeast of Boston, is Danvers Public Schools (DPS), a seven school district, whose central promise is to provide a caring, quality, committed and collaborative learning environment to its students.

After becoming a Google for Education district in 2012, Danvers implemented a 1:1 device initiative that provided more than 1,800 students with online access both in school and at home. While this made the district’s edtech more accessible for students, DPS noticed that teachers were occasionally utilizing unapproved edtech tools, creating potential risk to student data privacy.

In an effort to control the safety of the edtech tools were being used, Danvers created a product request system to provide teachers with a process for suggesting tools they thought would be beneficial. Unfortunately, the sheer magnitude of this system proved to be more daunting than DPS expected, and left its administrators inundated with submissions that needed vetting on a multitude of complex criteria.

The team at LearnPlatform immediately understood our challenges and provided the system we needed.
— Mary Wermers, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning

To solve its issues, Danvers selected LearnPlatform for its edtech management and rapid-cycle evaluation capabilities. DPS seized the opportunity to better organize its product inventory and contract agreements, track usage and impact, and gather valuable teacher feedback on its edtech tools.

The challenge for us was to vet apps that matched our standards and privacy policy. We also wanted to track app usage and effectiveness,” said Mary Wermers, the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning at DPS. “The team at LearnPlatform immediately understood our challenges and provided the system we needed.”

Read the full case study to see how Danvers Public Schools utilized LearnPlatform to understand what tools were being used, vet and select edtech products, and provide data to stakeholders to support smarter edtech spending.

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