Constructor Lab
Leadership Summit
Edtech Advocacy &
Policy Summit

Putting Real-Time Student Data in the Hands of Teachers

Location: W184d

Listen and learn

Listen and learn : Lecture

Monday, June 25, 12:00–1:00 pm
Location: W184d

Sivakumar Harinath   Dallas Kachan  
It’s every teacher’s dream: a window into everything the school district knows about a specific student they’re teaching, available the moment they need it. In this session, learn how Microsoft’s Power BI data visualization system is now enabling this vision inside the popular Edsby LMS for K-12 school districts.

Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Technology infrastructure
Topic: Safety, security and student data privacy
Grade level: PK-12

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The primary goal of every K-12 district is to see students learn, grow and succeed. Districts have countless data points for students, but vital records are often housed in various formats and across diverse systems, with no way to consolidate them.

And in K-12, the ones that would benefit most from student data—teachers—often can’t access it for student privacy reasons. It’s historically been hard to give teachers data on the kids they’re teaching at a given time, and ONLY data on those kids.

Microsoft’s Power BI is an innovative cloud-based analytics service that enables easy visualization and analysis of data with greater speed, efficiency, and understanding. For K-12 school districts, it is available embedded inside the cloud-based digital learning platform Edsby, winner of the 2017 SIIA CODiE award for Best Educational Data Solution.

Edsby interfaces with the school district’s systems, aggregates and consolidates data across the district and manages which schools and teachers get data on which students… relationships that have high stakes privacy implications as students and teachers come and go.


Microsoft Power BI Product Manager Siva Harinath will give a general overview of Power BI and introduce how it’s helping K-12 educators worldwide improve outcomes and find outlying at-risk students. Edsby Vice President of Marketing Dallas Kachan will introduce Edsby, how it incorporates Power BI and how it enables educators to take immediate actions based on trends found in data. The two presenters will answer questions related to Power BI in K-12.

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Sivakumar Harinath, Microsoft
Dallas Kachan, Edsby

Dallas has led, worked with and consulted to dozens of technology firms in Silicon Valley and Canada over thirty years. He was the original vice president of sales and marketing for SoftArc, developers of the FirstClass email and groupware system, widely credited as the first LMS. Dallas authored 400+ articles and reports and served on the board of the U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business’ Cleantech Institute. He is Canadian by birth, lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is the author of the travel and adventure novel, The Starship Diaries.

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