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Smooth Operators: Educator Interoperability Tinkershop

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Taking Buying By the Horns with Project Unicorn

Eric Nentrup  
Jonathan Wolf  

Join data interoperability experts to discover how to unlock student success with data interoperability and introduce the new Project Unicorn Educator Toolkit. In this educator session, you will work with theoretical data sets and get creative with actionable insights to see how interoperability can help you reimagine learning.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: No unusual edtech is required, however knowledge and/or proficiency in the school or district’s edtech stack would make the session even more relevant.
Topic: Technology infrastructure and connectivity
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
  • Provide alternative ways for students to demonstrate competency and reflect on their learning using technology.
For Education Leaders:
Systems Designer
  • Lead teams to collaboratively establish robust infrastructure and systems needed to implement the strategic plan.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

In this session teachers will showcase the specific growth they’ve achieved with their students and opportunities afforded by way of data interoperability. Come see the evidence of modern learning in practice when the right data is available at the right time for innovative educators that have been successful instructional technologists. Geared towards a teacher audience, attendees will leave able to advocate for their own data interoperability needs in their schools and the new Getting Smart and Project Unicorn Educator Toolkit.


Overview of data interoperability (DI) and Project Unicorn’s work thus far (10 minutes).
Making a case for educators to be fluent in DI (5 minutes).
Teaching how to assess DI efficacy in their classroom, school, and/or district (20 minutes).
Working with theoretical classroom data sets
‘All in the Family’ activity with classroom data considerations
Workshopping a prioritized approach to planning a DI initiative with their peers, leadership, vendors and board (20 minutes).
Next steps and final thoughts (5 minutes).

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Eric Nentrup, Getting Smart
Jonathan Wolf, InnovateEDU

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