Educational Technology

October 18, 2012

The Data Dilemma in Education

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:29 am

by Jeremy Friedman, edtech digest

Data integration and data standardization are a major obstacle for school districts. As districts collect increasing amounts of information on their students, from attendance records to test scores, they are seeking new ways to store, analyze and view this data to improve the academic performance of students and help teachers improve their processes. More recently, there has been the emergence of consumer-focused education technology focused solely on the individual teacher. Before these technologies, managing data was more feasible because a majority of the technology was managed and deployed at a school district level. Now there is a combination of school district technology, as well as self-service tools that are adopted by students, parents, and teachers without direct involvement of school districts. Newer companies are often hesitant to integrate with these local systems because data synchronization is complicated and expensive.

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