3 lessons from data on how students are actually using educational apps and software at school

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classrooms but a study finds that students aren’t using much of the pricey software that schools buy (Photo by Jackie Mader). is a for-profit company that sells data analysis to public schools. Most software is drastically underused by schools.

How Districts Can Unlock Actionable Data

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Along with a 1:1 goal, comes the deluge of edtech tools, software, and applications into classrooms. Data Analytics. Data empowers school districts to make informed technology decisions that impact student success, Draper explains. Data Privacy.

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How Data Analytics Can Help Decode Your District's Tech Use

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For Suzy Brooks, Director of Instructional Technology for Mashpee Public Schools, data analytics is like a secret decoder tool. With the right data, we can make informed decisions about technology. EdSurge: What compelled you to adopt a data analytics tool for your district?

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Software that Supports Multilingual Dialogue

ProfHacker

I could go on forever about this, but this post is actually about software that supports multilingual dialogue if it is something you are interested in trying for professional development or teaching/learning. Google translate (also available as app).

Using Vernier Data Tools on a Chromebook

Educational Technology Guy

You can even use them with Vernier Data Tools. Vernier is a huge name in data collection tools for science and math and they have been working to support Chromebooks for some time. For the USB connection for the sensors, you need the USB connector and the Graphical Analysis Software.

Try LearnBoost: Free Amazing Gradebook Software for Teachers!

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? Learnboost: Free Amazing Gradebook, Attendance, and Lesson Planning Software you''re one click away. LearnBoost empowers educators with free administrative software for schools and classrooms.

Hoping to Spur 'Learning Engineering,' Carnegie Mellon Will Open-Source Its Digital-Learning Software

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In an unusual move intended to shake up how college teaching is done around the world, Carnegie Mellon University today announced that it will give away dozens of the digital-learning software tools it has built over more than a decade—and make their underlying code available for anyone to see and modify. Officials estimate that developing the software has cost more than $100 million in foundation grants and university dollars.

Five Instances Your “Free” Education Software May Actually Cost You by @edsby

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If a software company wants to give its product away free to educators, that’s a good thing for schools, teachers and students, right? Support for school or district wide reporting and data analysis is absent. Schools and boards will forego free software for the right software.

How Do You Backup Your Data

Ask a Tech Teacher

Probably, of all computer functions, backing up data is the most critical and the most likely to make you tear your hair out. There are dozens of reasons why you should–really–backup your data. You can back-up data to your computer, a network, or the cloud.

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Six Ways to Protect Student Data and Prevent Cyberattacks

Edsurge

Lurking in the shadows, cyber-gremlins wait for an opportunity to strike so they can capture sensitive data and wreak havoc with school systems. K-12 schools can often be at high risk, because they tend to rely on a broad range of apps and software and are big users of web-based learning and testing. K-12 schools can often be at high risk, because they tend to rely on a broad range of apps and software and are big users of web-based learning and testing.

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Google EDU Announces Differentiation, Data and API Updates to Classroom

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It’s a new year, and with that comes updates from the Google Education Team. The announcement revolves around Google Classroom , which the tech giant today claims that more than 20 million students and teachers use. The new features are designed to better support teachers, administrators, and students, in both K-12 and higher education, writes Andrew Garrett, Google Classroom Software Engineer.

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Do School Districts Need Their Own Data Centers Anymore?

Educational Technology Guy

Do school districts need their own data centers anymore? My school district has a multi-million dollar data center to support 41 buildings, 21,000 students and over 4,000 faculty and staff. Above is just two of the 10 racks in the data center. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

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Storage Wars: Choosing a Secure Student Data Solution

EdTech Magazine

Storage Wars: Choosing a Secure Student Data Solution. Legislators across all 50 states have introduced student data privacy laws. But what happens to this data when lessons are over and students leave for the summer, or move on to college or the workforce?

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Making Sense of School Data Is Hard Work. This Partnership Makes It Easier.

Edsurge

Schools now have more data than ever before—from assessments, attendance, online programs, and elsewhere—but not every school can leverage this data effectively by making it visual. The project grew out of the Data Whiz community of practice, a group I helped found.

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Exploring Google Sheets

ProfHacker

Apparently Google released this feature over a year ago, but only recently did I notice the “Explore” button in Google Sheets — likely because, for whatever reason, Google decided to call it to my attention by splashing a notice over the lower right quadrant of my browser window.

Check for Understanding: What Are You Learning About Your Students During the Lesson?

Catlin Tucker

We need to build in mechanisms into our lessons to collect formative assessment data. In addition to determining where each student is starting in terms of their content knowledge or skills, teachers should collect data during the lesson to gauge what students know.

Looking for Ways to Improve Data Privacy in Schools? Start Here

EdTech Magazine

Looking for Ways to Improve Data Privacy in Schools? But there are crucial steps to take to get a better handle on the status quo of data privacy in your schools and to develop a data governance strategy. . Develop a Data Privacy Strategy.

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Google Addresses the Future of Chromebooks

EdTech Magazine

By EdTech Staff Amid rumors of change, Google explains why ChromeOS isn't going anywhere. Cloud Cloud apps Continuity of Operations Data Center Hardware Operating Systems Software

Dell debuts new collaborative software for Chromebooks

eSchool News

Dell Classroom, a new software solution available for Dell Chromebooks, helping foster student and teacher engagement. Dell also introduced Dell Classroom, a new Chrome-based software solution designed to promote more individualized engagement between students and teachers in the classroom.

The Weaponization of Education Data

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In education, there were breaches at colleges and universities, breaches at K–12 schools, breaches at the Department of Education, breaches at education technology companies, and breaches with software schools commonly use. Data stolen from a community college’s health clinic.

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5 different ways IT directors handle student data privacy

eSchool News

Student data privacy is a hot-button issue. She says you can keep updated by Googling your state + consumer privacy act. South Portland (ME) Schools was an early member of the Student Data Privacy Consortium.

Google Suite Alternative: sandstorm.io

ProfHacker

I love Google Docs. I’m composing this blog post in a google doc. But, given the economics of google and questions of privacy, as well as Slack’s new Terms of Service , more and more institutions are turning to alternatives. And I love Slack (I wrote about it here first! ).

Learn Smarter, Not Harder: 5 Essential Google Classroom Apps

Ask a Tech Teacher

A few weeks ago, I got an email from Nancy with a great suggestion for an article topic: Google Classroom. In Google Classroom many educators like me found a great additional functionality and apps, which allowed managing the workflow efficiently, leaving more time for the teaching.

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What Data Will Show That Edtech ‘Works’?

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They’re look for data—but which numbers are the most useful to collect and analyze? To do so, they seek to help schools figure out how ask the right questions—and what data to collect and analyze. Before thinking about collecting and analyzing data, educators must first be able to articulate the desired outcomes. An online math tool that “works” should be correlated with better grades in a class or higher scores on a summative assessment—data that schools already collect.

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Check for Understanding: What Are You Learning About Your Students During the Lesson?

Catlin Tucker

We need to build in mechanisms into our lessons to collect formative assessment data. In addition to determining where each student is starting in terms of their content knowledge or skills, teachers should collect data during the lesson to gauge what students know.

Boxlight and Globisens Release New Version of GlobiLab Analytical Software for the Labdisc

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– Boxlight Corporation (Nasdaq: BOXL) (“Boxlight”), and K-12 science technology pioneer Globisens have released a new version of the GlobiLab analytical software for the Labdisc portable STEM lab.

Passwords, Permissions and Student Data—How One District Got Account Provisioning Right

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Like many K-12 districts, Norwalk uses Microsoft’s Active Directory (AD), which allows administrators to assign policies and deploy software across the entire school district. One of the things that appealed to the district is that the platform is based on OneRoster , an open standard that governs the sharing of student data among different educational systems, such as an LMS or digital content platform. Education Technology School Infrastructure Policy Data and Research

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‘Weapons of Math Destruction’: A Data Scientist’s Warning About Impacts of Big Data

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These days algorithms have taken on an almost godlike power—they’re up in the (data) clouds, watching everything, passing judgment and leaving us mere mortals with no way to appeal or to even know when these mathematical deities have intervened. That’s the argument made by Cathy O'Neil in her book “ Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy.” If algorithms are gods, she’s one of the high priests, as a data scientist and mathematician.

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Sown to Grow: Nurturing a Growth Mindset Through Reflection

The CoolCatTeacher

As students reflect and track their own progress, they also receive feedback from teachers and insights from the software. How Do Teachers Use the Software? Integrates with Google Classroom.

Pursuing Academic Freedom and Data Privacy Is a Balancing Act

Edsurge

Last week undergraduates at Harvard University raised concerns about the institution handing over their data to an anti-affirmative action group as part of a lawsuit. Now universities, the overseers of student data, are charged with the double task of keeping that information safe and also protecting student privacy. The situation, which the university is working to resolve, highlights the messy work of understanding how third-parties use student data.

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Tomorrow, 3/31, is World Backup Day - make sure your data is backed up and safe

Educational Technology Guy

Many of them come with software build in to set up automatic backups and Windows and Mac have automatic backup apps. You can even make an image of your hard drive so that you don''t have to reinstall software if you need to start from scratch. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

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K–12 Data Centers Move Toward Modular Designs

EdTech Magazine

K–12 Data Centers Move Toward Modular Designs. Such was the case at Moreno Valley Unified School District in Southern California, which until last year had housed its data center in a decommissioned restroom at its central office. The more equipment we put in there, the more concerned we became that a water pipe rupture or air conditioning incident might take our data center down with little or no warning,” says Tim Kelly, MVUSD’s systems administrator. “As Data Center.

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It's World Backup Day - make sure your data is backed up

Educational Technology Guy

Many of them come with software build in to set up automatic backups and Windows and Mac have automatic backup apps. You can even make an image of your hard drive so that you don''t have to reinstall software if you need to start from scratch. Follow me on Twitter and Google

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How to Protect Sensitive Data in SaaS Applications

EdTech Magazine

How to Protect Sensitive Data in SaaS Applications. More professionals and students use Software as a Service (SaaS) on a daily basis. In the convenience of the cloud, however, Ayoub says the vulnerability of the data being handled at the K–12 level must not be overlooked. . Strategies to Protect Vulnerable Student Data. Cloud providers such as Microsoft or Google guarantee the security of their platforms. eli.zimmerman_9856. Wed, 06/13/2018 - 14:32.

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Turning ‘Google Maps for Education’ From Metaphor to Reality

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In his latest EdSurge column , Michael Horn laid out how Google Maps offers an aspirational metaphor for what the future of educational tools could look like. Today, Google Maps is an open ecosystem for accurate, real-time geospatial and navigation data. To bridge the gulf, it will take a similar open-data ecosystem to support learner navigation. This data must be in a machine-readable format and interoperable to work in all apps and systems.