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What's 'Appening' in Your District? Determine Usage and Diagnose Data Privacy Vulnerabilities

Listen and learn

Listen and learn : Panel

Wednesday, June 26, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
Location: 120A

Leo Brehm   Monica Cougan   Jill Pierce  
By capturing and sharing insights on which technologies are truly effective for schools, learning outcomes can be improved at lower cost. Discover how one district is harnessing the power of technology and data analytics to make data-informed decisions, monitor student data privacy threats and optimize edtech usage.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Curriculum/district specialists, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Assessment/evaluations/standards
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Systemic Improvement
  • Collaborate to establish metrics, collect and analyze data, interpret results and share findings to improve staff performance and student learning.
For Education Leaders:
Visionary Planner
  • Evaluate progress on the strategic plan, make course corrections, measure impact and scale effective approaches for using technology to transform learning.
Systems Designer
  • Protect privacy and security by ensuring that students and staff observe effective privacy and data management policies.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

1. Define and share the challenges we face today in supporting personalized learning, digital learning environments, and teacher agency in the use of digital resources.
2. Participants will learn the importance of analyzing and evaluating the impact of their digital resources, particularly their usage of online software, applications, and website activity.
3. Share and model how to analyze your digital resources through a centralized tool with a complete view of their online software, applications, and website activity.
4. Understand the importance of Student Data Privacy policies and how a district may determine unknown applications, online software usage, and website activity that might violate district or state policy.
5. Provide evidence of success in monitoring and managing digital applications, online software, and website activity.
6. Share and hear from other districts about their challenges in managing and overseeing the use of digital resources in their district.


1. Introduction
2. Activity and discussion with participants - Do you know the applications being utilized in your district? Do you know their impact? How do you manage student data privacy applications with your online software, applications, and website activity?
3. Today's learning environments - What do they look like and why is it important to create a central view into your digital learning application usage throughout your district?
a. Today's learning environments - Examples, plans and needs
b. How do you assess the impact of your professional development, adoption and training? Usage - Is it a professional development issue, is it a software application issue, is it an adoption problem?
c. How do I determine adoption? - Successful implementation - Looking at usage and discovering successful adoption with results - How do we share this success and manage expectations.
d. How do we communicate the value to our district leadership team? - Return on Investment - Evaluating the impact of your investment, usage, adoption will assist in supporting your return on investment or alert you to challenges, expenditures that may not be implemented. You may manage your subscriptions in one space and determine and evaluate your ongoing needs.
e. How do we manage collaboration and educator agency, while keeping true to student data privacy policies? - Student Data Privacy - many applications and websites are being used and they may slip through without the proper vetting. The importance of Student Data privacy to on line digital learning environments.
4. A Gateway View into Informed Decision Making - How one school district utilized data analytics to inform and support district practices.
a. District example and results - Total Cost of Ownership.
b. Example of data analytics dashboard highlighting school results
c. What decisions did this inform for the district - how did this create change, results, and improvement in the district.
5. Share a checklist of items to assist in the review of your digital learning environment - Tips.
6. Discussion and evaluation - Questions, Common Challenges, Concerns.

Supporting research

CatchOn awarded Best of ISTE - Two years in a row.

SETDA - Emerging Partnership Award

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Leo Brehm, CO/CCC
Monica Cougan, CatchOn
Jill Pierce, McMinn County Schools

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