District and school technology administrators are asked to fill many roles in leveraging technology in schools. In this series, we are taking a look at how edtech leaders are meeting behind-the-scenes challenges of digital learning. In the first installment, we introduced managing IT concerns in education, in part two we focused on questions district tech directors should ask about any new program, and in part three we considered strategies to bridge the divide between the IT department and the classroom.
Sometimes, you just can’t understand something until you’ve lived it. And with all the challenges, demands, and variables that come along with school technology administrators’ roles, that statement definitely applies in this situation. That’s why at Edmentum, we take a lot of pride in the classroom and administrative experience we collectively have. We’ve seen it all—the good, the bad, and the ugly—when it comes to education technology, and we all love the opportunity to put that experience to use in designing Edmentum’s online programs and working directly with the educators and students who use them. Here's five ways we've designed our programs to meet the needs of technology administrators.
We’re dedicated to the highest standards of information security
We recognize that in using our programs, students and educators are inherently sharing a significant amount of potentially sensitive personal data with us. We’ve made it a priority to take every possible precaution to keep that data safe. We’re a proud signatory of the Student Privacy Pledge—the leading standard for data integrity that commits to never collecting or sharing student personal information for purposes beyond what is necessary for learning and under no circumstances selling it to or sharing it with advertisers. In addition, we only house data within our own secure, on-site servers, and we are certified by the U.S. Department of Commerce as a Safe Harbor vendor.
Our Courseware and Assessments are built using RESTful API
We’ve built our Courseware and Assessment programs using tech-professional-friendly RESTful API so that you can easily integrate student, teacher, class/section, and course data from your SIS in order to sync grades and see student outcomes across programs.
Our programs integrate with Clever for single sign-on
We work with Clever to provide data-sharing capabilities across our products. This integration streamlines data uploads from your SIS and LMS programs in order to save you time and reduce errors. Plus, single sign-on saves students and teachers lots of headaches in trying to keep passwords straight.
Our Courseware is built to Learning Tools Interoperability® standards
Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standards are intended to provide a “common language” that online curriculum can use to communicate with LMS providers. Essentially, the goal of these standards is to make customization of digital curriculum as simple as possible in order to better meet educators’ and students’ needs. All of our Courseware is built to these standards, so by configuring the integration, your teachers can easily combine an entire course or specific lessons or units with other digital materials within your LMS.
Our Implementation Consultants are technology partners for you
We have built and will continue to improve our online programs based on the feedback we hear from educators, including administrators in technology roles! Our Implementation Consultants work closely with all of customers, providing support and partnership from the time of first getting set up, all the way through tweaking and optimizing the implementation. We’re a company of people passionate about two things—education and technology—and we all love the opportunity to share our firsthand experience to support your demanding roles.
Interested in learning more about how Edmentum programs can fit within your school’s or district’s technology stack? Check out all of our programs for online courses, classroom practice and assessment, individualized learning, intervention, and more!
Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI®) is a trademark of the IMS Global Learning Consortium, Inc.