Lightspeed Systems® and Digital Promise have joined forces to provide participating Digital Promise League of Innovative School Districts a better way to track and monitor student-level digital engagement: the use of Lightspeed Digital Insight™. This award-winning data analytics tool enables schools to analyze the efficacy of their technology investments and identify those students at risk of falling through the cracks—all in real time Seven districts ranging in various sizes and locality participated in the project, including Virginia’s Chesapeake City Public Schools (CPS). CPS is a Lightspeed Systems customer and a member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. CPS agreed to include their aggregated, identified application usage and engagement data in the pilot study to help provide insight into the usage and engagement patterns of students in digital learning environments.
Identifisere de betalte verktøyene som brukes av studenter i spesifikke kurs
CPS’s initial data analytics objective was to build an established data set from which they could begin making analysis and inform decision-making. “I think it is really important to have longitudinal data,” said Jeff Faust, CPS’s Chief Technology Innovation Officer. “To base a decision on what software is used in a month or two is not fair because there are a lot of tools that are not used in the first two months of school. Those same tools might become really important in the second semester. So, with Lightspeed Digital Insight, we wanted to get its agents pushed out to our student and staff devices as fast as possible and start collecting data. That was our original focus, but it is amazing how quickly our usage of the tool has become much bigger than that.”
CPSs utvidede visjon for anvendelse og bruk av dataanalyse i utdanning
Gjennomføring av en effektiv endringsstrategi
As was the case for school districts across the country, video conferencing became an essential tool for delivering remote instruction for CPS. While the district’s leaders were very supportive of live instruction being delivered in this collaborative format, they did have security concerns around one video conferencing tool and are shifting users to a different platform in 2021–2022. To ease the transition and encourage early adoption of the new platform, the leadership team created dashboards within the customizable platform for each school that showed the usage comparisons for both tools. “Now that we have the data, we can share reports at our superintendent meetings as well as at our elementary, middle, and high school principal meetings that highlight who is doing a great job at embracing the new platform,” said Faust. “It has been a fun contest for them, and it has been an effective change management strategy because we have not put a lot of pressure on them to make the immediate switch. Instead, we are letting the data and application usage trends drive the change.
Informere lisens- og budsjettvedtak
CPS’s district leaders are looking forward to having a year’s worth of data to help inform their licensing renewal and purchasing strategies. “I have to review every software license that comes across my desk,” said Faust. “Now, every time I get a request for software, I enter the license into Lightspeed Digital Insight. Once we have a full year of data, we will have a library of what we are missing right now, which is who has what software, who is paying for that software, and so on.” The district intends to use that information to identify opportunities such as buying districtwide licenses, as opposed to individual site licenses, or scaling down licensing to save money where it makes financial sense to do so.
“We want to move away from the practice of continuing to buy certain programs or tools because they have a strong legacy in education,” said Faust. “Instead, we are going to be asking more critical questions around our renewals and licensing, such as, ‘What’s the adoption like? What’s the effectiveness of the product? Is it helping our students and teachers achieve their goals?’ And those are tough questions to answer if you only have subjective and circumstantial information. Lightspeed Digital Insight provides us objective data we can use to inform and answer these questions.”
Faust har merket denne metodikken som kubanemodellen, som i hovedsak betyr at du asfalterer stier der gangveier allerede finnes i stedet for å prøve å designe nye, unike stier fordi det behager deg. Uunngåelig vil folk omgå stien din og fortsatt gå over gresset. "Jeg ønsker å fornye og kjøpe programvare som våre ansatte bruker eller vil bruke, og det er effektivt," sa Faust. "Og jeg ønsker å gi opplæringen de trenger for å bruke den. Men jeg ønsker ikke å gi opplæring og tvinge lærerne våre til å bruke en plattform eller et verktøy bare fordi vi kjøpte det.»
Sporing av studentengasjement og oppmøte
Measuring student engagement and attendance became an entirely new challenge during the 2020–2021 school year. In fall 2020, CPS implemented a hybrid learning model where students could choose to either attend class in-person or virtually. The district’s educators were also teaching in a dual-roster model, meaning they were delivering instruction to both students in the classroom and students at home simultaneously. What made the dual-roster model particularly difficult for teachers was the unpredictable nature in terms of student attendance. For example, a teacher may have prepared their lessons with the expectation that they would have 12 students in the classroom and four kids at home. In reality, they would unexpectedly have four kids show up in the classroom and 12 students attend virtually.
The CPS team began using Lightspeed Digital Insight engagement data as a secondary metric to monitor attendance and off-campus usage. “We had a lot of students who signed up for in-person instruction, but they were not showing up,” said Faust. “We were able to look at our analytics and validate that the students were joining virtually. We also began using the data to track the number of days students actually showed up in-person and then made adjustments based on that data. For example, we could look at the data and see that only 20% of students were on a particular campus on any given day. Based on that information, the principal could opt to bring more students back on campus because they weren’t at capacity.”
Avdekke ulisensierte apper
CPS opprettet dashbord for rektorer ved hver skole for å hjelpe dem med å implementere endringsstyringsstrategier, spore elevers oppmøte og overvåke appene som brukes av elevene deres. Hver rektor har tilgang til et dashbord som har de 10 beste lisensierte og godkjente appene som brukes og de 10 beste ulisensierte appene som brukes.
CPS leaders hope that visibility into unlicensed app usage will enable district and school leaders to draw some correlations between application usage and student performance and inform future decision-making and instructional strategies. For example, Lightspeed’s data shows that some classes are using a popular math program, but it is not licensed by CPS. “This particular tool is fun and engaging, but the question is whether it is actually effective or not,” said Faust. “That remains a bit of a gray area. Using Lightspeed Digital Insight, we now know which schools are using that tool. Correlation is not causation, but what if those are the same schools where the students are performing the best on their end-of-the-year assessments? If that’s the case, maybe we need to have a different conversation around that math tool. Tracking these kinds of ‘sneaky’ applications being used that we did not know about has been valuable for us.
Fremme samtaler om personvern
CPS is leveraging the Lightspeed Digital Insight privacy alerts and application usage data to identify schools that have adopted and are actively using tools that do not meet the district’s privacy standards. Equipped with this knowledge, district leaders are able to notify school leaders of this usage and provide them with recommendations for other platforms that are very similar but comply with the district’s student data privacy policies.
Opprette en datarådgivende komité
For å fremme flere samtaler rundt data og hvordan de kan sette analysene deres ut i livet, dannet CPS en rådgivende komité for data. Disse komitémedlemmene undersøker deres adopsjons- og programvareanskaffelsesprosedyrer i forhold til applikasjonsbruk og engasjementsdata og tar opp spørsmål, for eksempel følgende:
- Hva er programvaren vi bruker?
- Hvordan vet vi om disse plattformene fungerer?
- Visste vi at dette verktøyet eller plattformen blir brukt?
Committee members are also working with the district’s instructional leaders to perform an audit of the free applications being used at CPS. They are also helping instructional leaders facilitate conversations regarding which free applications the district’s students and staff should or should not be using. “You cannot really begin to change a practice until you know what’s happening,” said Faust. “Through this data, we are getting the big picture view we need to establish and implement some effective strategies to change practices. It has also helped transform our culture by redefining what we need to ask and what awareness we need to have.
Nøkkelinnsikt og neste trinn
CPS sin datareiseprogresjon er absolutt imponerende. Fremover har distriktet til hensikt å integrere dataanalyse ytterligere for å fremskynde godkjenningsprosessen for programvare og ytterligere styrke deres etterlevelsesarbeid på lærernivå.
Digital Promise jobber i skjæringspunktet mellom utdanningsledere, forskere og teknologiutviklere for å forbedre læringsmuligheter for alle og lukke det digitale læringsgapet. For når alle elever har rettferdig tilgang til teknologi, når alle deltar, og når alle lærer, drar vi alle nytte av et mer engasjert, informert og rettferdig samfunn.
Om Lightspeed Systems
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