First step: Is it being used?
How can you be sure your educational technology is paying off? Are you getting the most value from your investment in terms of improving educational outcomes? The first step in answering this is understanding whether the technology you have installed is even being used.
I spoke with a CIO at one school district who was receiving lots of support tickets related to an expensive software application, but all the issues were coming from just one school. Why was that school having problems when all the other schools in the district were doing fine? The CIO opened up Extreme Analytics to see how much usage the application was getting and was surprised to see that none of the other schools were even using the software.
The easiest way to see if people are using licensed and often-expensive technology is with network analytics. These windows into network usage can provide the information you need to understand the return on your district’s technology investment. Extreme Networks’ analytics platform, Extreme Analytics, provides layer 7 visibility into which applications are being used by whom, at what locations, and at what time of day. This helps answer the following questions.
By answering these questions, your school district will gain a better understanding of which educational technology is working and where it can be improved or revamped. Your school board will be armed to effectively report your technology investment progress to the community.
Request a free trial of Extreme Analytics to see the valuable information that resides within your network. You might be surprised applications and websites are being used and visited.