In a previous BI Tool post, I highlighted some of the data visualizations that can be automated—and how they can save educators countless hours of time. I asked this question: If you can build a report that saves people time, is there any better outcome? I thought I’d expand on that idea a bit. Really, … Continue reading 4 Data Visualizations that Remove Barriers Between Data and Action
Almost every district, charter, or educational organization has a strategic plan. Sometimes, we refer to these as improvement plans or action plans. Strategic plans are partially an accountability piece, but they are also more than that: they help us articulate our goals for supporting students—and the specific, measurable actions we’ll take to achieve those goals. … Continue reading Data Visualization & Action Plans: Filling Gaps in Seeing the “Big Picture”
While virtual reality has not been around long enough for truly definitive studies to have been performed in the world of education, the trend and technology continues to move forward. Teachers are always looking for new ways to keep students engaged. Screens are a regular part of almost every child’s life. As children’s exposure to … Continue reading Top VR Experiences in Education
Like it or not, predictive technology is coming for all of us. Over the last few years, private industry has reaped the enormous benefits of artificial intelligence and other machine learning techniques. Tools to build predictive systems are rapidly evolving, expertise is spreading, and the money is following. According to Metaari’s 2017 investment study, a … Continue reading Student Predictions & Protections: Algorithm Bias in AI-Based Learning
The Technology for Education’s Moonshot is Here K-12 education is long overdue for its moonshot, that amazing technological breakthrough—like the actual lunar landing or the recent development of the self-driving car—that will take student learning to the next level and close the achievement and opportunity gaps once and for all. Consider the self-driving car for … Continue reading Will Machine Learning Change the Path of K-12 Education?
It’s comforting to know that 94% of those between the ages of 18 and 29 have access to a smartphone, as it opens many doors for students. This is because technology provides students with access to tools that may previously only have been available to a few. Access to smartphones also opens the door to students … Continue reading Can Technology Help Students Make the Most of Their Studying?
As schools are preparing students to learn and utilize 21st century skills, it’s natural that students and their teachers are using more and more resources online. As a result, student information is being placed into information and learning management systems that are online. Not only is there a legal obligation to protect student data through … Continue reading 6 Practical Safeguards to Protect Student Data
Many educators talk often about wanting to incorporate an assessment system into their instruction, but aren’t quite sure where to start. When it comes to building a student achievement system, the task could seem daunting: How often to conduct data analysis? How to approach developing standards schedules? How to build quality assessments? These are just … Continue reading Developing a Student Achievement System? Here’s How.
Why did we build an Accountability Dashboard? Despite what you’ve heard in the news, ESSA is still around. Even our U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is saying that we should honor the timeline that was already set in place. So, we’re going to keep moving forward, and all the individual states are still moving forward … Continue reading How to Track Progress & Growth with an Accountability Dashboard
Teacher attrition rose significantly over the last two decades. Now more than 41% of teachers leave the profession within just five years of starting, and about half a million U.S. teachers (which amounts to 15%) leave the profession every year. In short, teachers are burning out, which means they are exhausted from the prolonged stress and/or … Continue reading Teacher Burnout vs. Data System