Getting Smart on Data Interoperability
This Smart Bundle was published by Getting Smart in partnership with EdSurge and Project Unicorn. The content is part of a series on interoperability that features case studies from the perspective of educators and administrators, as well as a series of profiles that share how companies are thinking, planning and guiding their product development process to address these user needs.
Getting Smart Case Studies
Administrators often want to see student data from various tools compiled into one dashboard. Teachers want to avoid manually entering student data into several systems when getting started with a new tool and spend less time interpreting data in multiple forms. Students and parents want a clear picture of academic performance compiled in a readable format from various learning environments.
These three case studies from Getting Smart follow school districts and networks at various stages of the interoperability journey. Each one provides a look into implementation, the story of overcoming data challenges and provides a glimpse into what is next for that model. Case studies feature:
Edtech companies should consider the interoperability issues that teachers and administrators face as they design, build and iterate on their products. Deeply understanding when and why these problems arise is the first step towards solving them.
These profiles tell the story of interoperability from the perspective of five edtech companies. Each one dives into a different approach to data sharing, highlighting how it informs the decision-making process for product development. Profiles include:
Data Interoperability Defined
Interoperability is a powerful tool to transform teaching and learning and empower parents and students with their own data. At the core of interoperability is a focus on better informing instruction and driving toward student-centered learning experiences.
Project Unicorn is an effort to improve data interoperability within K-12 education. We aim to create a community of innovators who make the broader case for secure interoperability by determining shared priorities, educating school systems and vendors about its importance and benefits, creating a demand-side push for interoperability through partnerships, and educating buyers to consider the total cost of ownership through informed comparison of vendors.
This Smart Bundle is based off a Getting Smart series on interoperability. It is part of a larger collaboration called Project Unicorn, led by InnovateEDU in partnership with Getting Smart, EdSurge, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and CommonSense Media. These stories are made publicly available with support from InnovateEDU.
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