Easy Modes to Achieve EdTech Efficiency

Education Technology Insights | Tuesday, June 11, 2019

FREMONT, CA: The advanced technology tools have become widely accepted and are now being incorporated, into the education sector. Majority of educational institutions integrate technology into their curriculum. EdTech is transforming the lives of teachers and students in more ways. Analytics can capture and share data on student activities in education technology tools gives teachers and developers a way to measure and get insights into how students engage with digital tools and lessons. The information about how much effort was put in could inform educators to follow up more appropriately.

•  Enabling a Deeper Level of Data Sharing

Data sharing capabilities are limited in existing education technology tools as there is no standard agreement on how to share data between them. Previously there were less digital activities in schools, therefore less need for data sharing. With the present growth of technology in the classroom, there is more student activity moved to online. There are efforts to create a data standard for measuring student activity with data. It will capture and timestamp each click of the mouse, allowing each action to be evaluated.

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•  Improved Decision Making

IT departments can use analytics solution to monitor and manage the use of hardware, software, applications, and websites. The provision makes it seamless to see how much time students spend on technology tools the institution is paying for. If utilization is lower than expected, it could be a sign that particular resources are unhelpful. Therefore, teachers and students need more professional learning to unlock their real potential. This is a potential reason why technology might go unused, which data-driven insights can proactively identify. Reviewing new tools introduced into the system provides a layer of reassurance that any such resources support curriculum goals and align with pedagogical objectives.  

•  Privacy and Security

Staff in an institution can use analytics to keep tabs on data privacy and security requirements. Using the data, the team can quickly analyze resources being used throughout a district or state to ensure they comply with essential privacy and security compliances. IT department can proactively address any issue if a program has a lower rating or is used, at a significant level that does not meet requirements.

Tools like analytics will power leaders to provide data that shows where investment is supporting education and where there is no space for improvement. It represents a step forward in addressing queries regarding the implementation of any piece of education technology.

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