The K-12 classroom has changed. Prior to 2020, few could foresee the probability of such a rapid shift to remote learning.Teachers, administration and even parents by and large preferred in-classroom education for the social benefits, the intangible value of in-person collaborative learning, and the personalized connection of students to teachers.
But the Pandemic forced schools to adapt rapidly to remote learning, overcoming much of the hesitancy to adopt digital classroom tools. Thanks to easily-deployed digital learning architecture like Google classroom (and despite overwhelming odds), educators made the shift in the face of a society-wide shutdown.
Despite a rapid adaptation, an important challenge has emerged. A report by Mckinsey on the impact of COVID-19 on K-12 Learning reveals that in all disciplines, student performance during the Pandemic shows a decline in learning. And learning losses are likely to compound over time.
Digital learning environments have shifted to new metrics for student engagement tracking, exacerbating inefficient processes, costing teachers and administration time and resources. Teachers and administration spend countless hours combing through disparate systems for analytics to identify gaps in learning, early warnings and catching up on student drop off. Worse, this lack of insight into student performance is costing students and directly impacting overall school rankings.
Online learning is here to stay
It turns out, many schools, students, and parents have adapted in remarkable ways. Students have found coping strategies as simple as getting dressed for class each morning, while teachers have leveraged breakout rooms for small group or one-on-one instruction, and parents are helping their children learn online with tactics they use as they themselves work remotely. All in all, in the course of a year, the culture of education has shifted.
While the move to digital learning was initially considered a temporary fix to a temporary problem, we’re already finding that the shift has instituted some very permanent changes to the way K-12 education will be executed from now on. Digital learning has emerged as the core model for K-12, and it’s here to stay.
For this reason, districts across the nation are reassessing the tools they’re using now in preparation for the next phase of digital learning.
Google Classroom: plusses and minuses
Paving the way for digital learning, Google Classroom has made the transition to remote learning accessible for the largest segment of K-12 schools. The reason is simple. Google Classroom is:
- Easy to use and adopt
In a moment when schools needed a starting place to shift quickly to digital, Google Classroom was the obvious choice. And yet, while the platform made the shift to digital relatively painless, its shortcomings quickly emerged:
- Poor visibility across digital learning tools
- Lack of simplified data analytics for important metrics
- Inability to rapidly or accurately assess student performance
The greatest challenge facing educators right now
While Google Classroom has enabled teachers to deliver content to students at scale, teachers have lost many of the crucial touchpoints that they’ve relied on to track performance and student success. With kids out of the classroom, teachers are struggling to maintain a close connection to their students. It’s that close connection that they’ve relied on to intercept struggling students and ensure the classroom is on track to meet district and state-mandated standards.
Google Classroom does not afford teachers the insights needed to provide early warning of student dropoff. Data is slow to reach administration, making intervention burdensome and time-consuming. The result?
Intervention has become a key focus of K-12 educators right now, and most likely will be the number one challenge through 2022.
Without the right tools to rapidly and accurately assess student performance, schools won’t be able to keep up, making it far more difficult to align with district and state-mandated benchmarks for student achievement.
Frost Insights is designed to work with Google Classroom to provide the visibility you need to understand every student’s performance at a glance.
Using powerful analytics, Insights integrates Google Classroom, your Learning Management System (LMS), attendance data, and more to provide the clarity you need to quickly and easily identify early warnings so that your team can efficiently intercept student drop off early on.
When you gain total visibility from Google Classroom data aggregation, you can make informed decisions based on aggregated education intelligence, instantly and with fewer resources.
Frost Insights provides an easy-to-use visual presentation of performance metrics, allowing your whole team to identify trends at a glance and act quickly.
Administration gains real-time performance insight, including state-mandated metrics, allowing you to compare student performance and attendance across schools and courses to determine student engagement and academic progress. Easily address teacher support needs with clear visibility into student engagement across courses.
With the power of clear visibility into student engagement, you’ll save your teachers and administration time and headache. Comprehensive, customizable dashboards deliver all the data they need to manage the classroom. Frost Insights makes it easy to review student performance to inform flexible grouping decisions and identify disengaged students.
Agnostic add-on technology
With Frost Insights, you don’t have to worry about incompatible technology or complicated workarounds. Insights is built to seamlessly integrate Google Classroom, attendance data, and LMS data into one place, regardless of the systems you’re using right now.
With the Frost Insights K-12 Reporting Solution, your teachers and administration will save time organizing Google Classroom data, eliminate manually created reporting, and reduce effort managing student intervention.
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Authors: Ben Snedeker and Mark Masterson