How Danvers Public Schools Improved EdTech Vetting, Requests and Analytics with a Single Solution
How One California School District Organized and Streamlined its EdTech to Answer Key Questions on Utilization
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.
Weighing the Value of Breadth and Depth in Measuring EdTech 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.
Four Utah LEAs Leading the Way in EdTech Measurement and Management
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?
A Look Back — Our Summer LearnPlatform Fellows Reflect on Their Experience
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.
No More "Gambling Feeling" — ATLIS Expands its Data-Led Edtech Management Capabilities
Our 2018 Summer Lea(R)n Fellows reflect on their experience.
What Do Broad EdTech Trends Mean for Your School District?
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.
Three Ways LearnPlatform Helps You Protect Student Data in Your 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.
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.