At Florida’s School District of Clay County (Clay), Superintendent Addison Davis and the district’s technology leaders are in the middle of building a holistic data-informed learning model that will revolutionize how districts view and leverage data to make instructional, fiscal, and operational decisions. Clay is using a hybrid of platforms and tools to funnel multiple data sources—attendance and financial reports, software and app usage analytics, discipline records, test scores, socio-economic information, teacher evaluative forms, and more—into a single dashboard, enabling leaders to quickly see and cross-compare all data points with just the click of a mouse.
Jeremy Bunkley is the director of information services at Clay, and he and his team are the visionaries working behind the scenes to create this comprehensive data analytics ecosystem. “In the current education landscape, there is so much focus around student test scores and results data,” says Bunkley. “If a teacher uses a certain program and then students receive a certain range of test scores, there’s an assumption made about the effectiveness of that program. But at Clay, that’s not enough. We don’t want to know just about the results data. We want to know about all the elements surrounding the student that made them either successful or unsuccessful. Our mission is to remove the assumptive component of analysis.”
Clay has the data it needs to craft this holistic picture but piecing it all together in a single format that enables district leaders to instantly cross-compare all their data has been nearly impossible until this point.
Step 1: Compile Software and App Usage Data from School Devices to Make Informed Decisions
“The biggest question in education is how is technology affecting student achievement. That is a very difficult question to answer, but that’s the question every superintendent, CTO, and lawmaker is attempting to answer. CatchOn is one of the ways we are answering that question. Using the tool, we can see our technology and application usage for the first time. That’s the power CatchOn brings.” -Jeremy Bunkley
Step 2: Converge and Convert All Data Points into Meaningful Analysis
“The power of Innive is its visualization and ability to pull all data sources into a single screen.” -Jeremy Bunkley
Step 3: Migrate to the Cloud
“External cloud-based systems (ENA) ensure that school districts are always taken care of if there are staff changes because they can depend on the resources of an outside company.” -Jeremy Bunkley
This year’s showcase was a full-day series hosted in Rock Falls, Mahomet, Jacksonville, and Vandalia. The series ran from March 18th-21st and featured overviews on many of the latest products from top education manufacturers for your 1:1 device initiatives and interactive classroom tools.
The morning session was presented by Chris Elkendier with Technology Resource Advisors (TRA). Chris compared nearly 50 different devices including Asus, Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo during the TRA Chromebook device 2019 Overview. The afternoon session focused on the Interactive Flat Panel Offerings from the ILTPP RFP agreement with vendor partner Troxell Communications. Manufacturer representatives from BenQ, Boxlight, Newline, Promethean, and ViewSonic highlighted the latest technology features available in helping simplify lesson prep for teachers to engage and collaborate with students.
This free event allowed for technology decision-makers to truly interact with the latest technology being implemented in Illinois K-12 schools. The presenters adapted to each of the four environments while remaining pleasant and captivating. Attendees were equally engaged.
After doubling our previous years attendee numbers, ILTPP is pleased to announce that we are already working toward plans for a 2020 Showcase!
A few exciting stats:
96% of surveyed attendees were satisfied with the event.
100% found at least one of the two sessions (46% both) to be useful and informative.
88% of those surveyed are likely to make a tech purchase based on the information shared.
88% are likely to attend the 2020 Showcase.