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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No More "Gambling Feeling" — ATLIS Expands its Data-Led Edtech Management Capabilities

The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS) is a growing network of more than 175 independent schools stretched across the U.S., covering 28 states (including the District of Columbia) and sharing knowledge and resources to improve the impact of digital learning for more than 4,000 students nationwide.

But recently, ATLIS members found themselves needing more data-led insights into the costs, usage and effectiveness of their edtech tools.  So they turned to LearnPlatform.

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What Do Broad EdTech Trends Mean for Your School District?

When you think about it, the rise of education technology within society is very new—the most extreme in terms of human history, innovative in terms of education systems and still considered “emerging” in terms of technological advances. There has been an explosion in the amount spent on technology in school districts—for example, the amount spent on IT in 2018 is estimated at $14 billion—and it has been accelerated by the ability to use real-time data to measure success and usage, rather than traditional assumptions about user experiences. Today, millions of pieces of data are gathered, stored and used to make evidence-based decisions on how to implement a technology.

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Three Ways LearnPlatform Helps You Protect Student Data in Your District

While edtech adoption is a relatively new consideration when compared to education as a whole, technology in some form or another has been present in classrooms for decades. With the connectedness enabled by the digital world and explosive edtech market growth, districts have opened students up to a whole new world of informational access.

But this access comes with challenges. Protecting student data collected by digital tools is one of the most important jobs for learning organizations in 21st century education.

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Three Steps (and One Free Tool) to Make Personalized Learning Financially Viable

K-12 schools and districts in the U.S. will spend $14 billion on education technology (edtech) in 2018, with an emphasis on resources that contribute to personalized learning.  For financial leaders in school districts, that’s a lot to process. The former school CFO in me can’t help but focus on how the growing commitment to personalized learning creates an even larger challenge for budget writers — how to strike a balance between cost-saving while ensuring resources support improved outcomes.

Lea(R)n works with thousands of educators and their central offices around the country to help manage and maximize their edtech spending. With implementations across thousands of schools, we’ve found that school systems that follow these three steps give themselves the best chance of implementing a successful (and financially sound) personalized learning model that makes sense for students and educators alike.

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