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Edtech Advocacy &
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Pedagogical Possibilities: Empowering Educators Through Data Analytics!

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Thursday, December 3, 1:30–2:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Suzy Brooks  
Monica Cougan  

Explore how one Massachusetts school district is leveraging real-time technology usage data to inform instruction. District leaders have partnered with teachers to develop tailored, data-powered learning environments and scalable blended learning practices, enabling them to build a collection of proven digital technologies that support student success.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Curriculum/district specialists, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Assessment/evaluations/use of data
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Coach teachers in and model use of online and blended learning, digital content, and collaborative learning networks to support and extend student learning as well as expand opportunities and choices for online professional development for teachers and administrators.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Empower educators to exercise professional agency, build teacher leadership skills and pursue personalized professional learning.
Visionary Planner
  • Evaluate progress on the strategic plan, make course corrections, measure impact and scale effective approaches for using technology to transform learning.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective


This session will cover one district's approach to evaluate results and their process for evaluating intention vs. reality in the implementation of digital learning strategies and instructional tools.

Participants will walk away with an understanding of the critical importance of developing and implementing an EdTech audit, as well as the essential steps leadership teams and educators need to take once they receive and review their audit results. 

Participants will learn how one district utilized data analytics to assist in making sound instructional decisions, as well as determine financial efficacy.

Utilizing a comprehensive EdTech data analytics tool (CatchOn) and a customized dashboard, participants will see how district leadership engaged collaboratively with teachers to discern the value of various digital programs, as well as the sound and intentional use of 1:1 devices throughout the district.

Participants will leave with an understanding of a strategic, data-based collaboration model used within a district that connects district leadership at the technology, instructional, and curriculum level to produce positive outcomes. This model will go beyond the implementation to share interventions and professional development opportunities put in place to direct change in progress as needed while under evaluation.

Participants will walk away with a EdTech data audit best practices guide and list of recommendations to apply and utilize with their district educators and leadership team. Every district is different, but each district has the ability look a level or two deeper when auditing their EdTech initiatives and digital application usage. This set of recommendations will assist districts in this process, regardless of the tools they utilize.


I. Introduction - Meet the Panel (3 minutes)

II. Overview (10 minutes)- Phase I 
- School district demographics
- The problem
- Solution - implementation of the 1:1 initiative

III. Phase II - Measuring Success (15 minutes)
- Monitoring results
- Evaluating new problems/challenges
- Managing success and transformation

IV. Phase III (15 minutes)
- Making changes at the classroom level
- Conversations - creating teacher voice
- Adopting change and ownership

V. Phase IV (12 minutes)
- EdTech Efficacy - Review at the district level
- What is success?
- Financial
- Equity
- Results

VI. EdTech Audit - Recommendations (5 minutes)

VII.Final Q& A - As a panel, Q&A will be utilized throughout each phase of the presentation, however we will leave time at the end for any final questions.)

Supporting research

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Suzy Brooks, Mashpee Schools/Technically Invisible
Monica Cougan, CatchOn/ENA

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