With so many different edtech products and network services, schools can sometimes become overwhelmed by all of the different data sources if they are not synced together. That's why many school districts are currently streaming data between the different software being used in their schools.
When connecting your school’s data services, here 3 major considerations to keep in mind during the process:
1. Choose programs that will sync together.
Advancements in edtech allow schools to collect and analyze student data to help personalize each student’s learning plan and course placement. However, there can be many different programs involved in collecting and analyzing this data. Choosing edtech and data analytic software that easily sync and share information with each other, helps teachers more easily access each student’s data.
2. Keep your guard up for cyber threats.
All of a school’s data being synced up, may make it easier for both the school and hackers to get to sensitive information. When syncing your network, make sure that your network security policy is secure and up-to-date. A district wide policy for cyber security and regular security training for staff, will help to keep your network secure.
3. Create a single sign on system.
Each year, more and more students enter the school system, and getting them all set up with the school networks can be very time consuming. Linking all of the different networks can allow schools to use a single sign on system (SSO). This means 1 username and password will set the student up for all of the different school resources. Districts looking to use a SSO, should find a vendor that supports all of the different applications and programs used by the school.
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