Posts by ciara

Fidelity of Use, Part  2: Connecting Utilization Data to Student Outcomes

Together we’re all on a journey to better understand usage analytics, the most effective way to measure return on investment (ROI) for school districts’ EdTech spending. It’s likely that your organization is already gathering some information on resource utilization, though this data may not yet be aggregated in a central location. In the first installment…

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Fidelity of Use, Part 1: Understanding Digital Resource Utilization

As classrooms continue to evolve into increasingly digital spaces, a growing percentage of district budgets are being allocated towards EdTech, specifically online resources such as applications and digital textbooks. According to the Software & Information Industry Association, the K-12 sphere alone spends more than $8.3 billion on education software each year. To ensure schools are getting the most bang for their buck, it’s critical for education leaders to have insight into whether…

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Bridging the Digital Divide, Part 4: Deprovisioning—The Back Door Hackers Depend on You to Leave Open

In the previous blog post of our Bridging the Digital Divide series, we discussed how automated provisioning can provide near-immediate account creation and resource access that manual workflows simply can’t match. When it comes time for a user to change roles or leave your district altogether, automated deprovisioning is equally as important—arguably more so from security standpoint.   Not only can automated deprovisioning tightly control access to your users’ personally identifiable…

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Bridging the Digital Divide, Part 3: Automating Provisioning for Improved Accessibility

Every summer, school district IT professionals across the country are faced with the daunting task of preparing for the upcoming school year; onboarding new staff and students, creating their necessary digital accounts, granting and revoking permissions to numerous digital resources, and deprovisioning accounts no longer in use.   For many, these operations are done manually, which…

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Bridging the Digital Divide, Part 2; Balancing Accessibility with Security

In last week’s installment, we introduced the concept of the digital divide and the first steps you should take towards improving equitable technology access within your district; (1) providing consistent, reliable internet connectivity throughout your schools, and (2) ensuring HMTL5 compatibility across all devices through an access management platform.   In this post, we’ll discuss how to strike a successful balance between securing your users’ personally identifiable information and providing…

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