2Rev Tech Decision Framework_4.18.14
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3 = Exceed Requirements 2 = Solid
1 = Acceptable 0 = Missing or Doesn't Meet Requirements
Job TypesTool CategoriesDescription
Curriculum and Learning
Manage Learning and Assessment ResourcesCurriculum ManagementCurriculum management tools support curriculum planning, development and sharing. Some have social networking features for sharing across schools and districts and others have data and reporting features.
Manage Learning and Assessment ResourcesOnline CurriculumOnline curriculum ranges from digital textbooks to adaptive courseware. Online curriculum packages are typically focused on specific subject areas and grade levels, but a number of packages offer all subjects for K-12 students. A select few offer a total solution that includes an SIS, curriculum management tools and assessment capabilities.
Manage Learning and Assessment Resources
Learning Management Systems
Learning Management Systems are used to develop customized curriculum and deliver it to students. Some LMS platforms integrate with online content packages and reduce the need to develop content.
Showcase Authentic WorkSocial NetworkingSocial networking tools support communication and collaboration among students, teachers, school administrators and, sometimes, parents. Social networking tools differ from communication tools in that they give members a home page and personal profile and allow them to create and participate in groups.
Showcase Authentic Worke-Portfoliose-Portfolios showcase student work and provide a backend for teacher data to include grading rubrics. These systems foster project based learning.
Manage Learning and Assessment ResourcesMobile TechnologiesClassroom and mobile technologies include smartboards, clickers, Netbooks, iPads and other devices used to support learning in and out of the classroom.
Student Data Systems
Manage Student DataSISStudent Information Systems store and manage core student data, including personal information, demographics, academics and class assignments. Many SIS systems contain other modules, such as class scheduler, gradebook, attendance tracker and report cards. More complete SIS platforms contain communication, social networking and reporting features.
Assess StudentsAssessmentAssessment systems are used to create and deliver diagnostic, formative and summative assessments and to capture and report on student results.
Manage Student DataReportingReporting systems generate report cards and progress reports. This systems are often part of a SIS, but they are also stand-alone systems. Many of the specialized competency-based reporting systems are stand-alone products.
Manage Learning and Assessment ResourcesRTI Special EducationRTI and Special Ed systems support the management and tracking of special needs students. They ease the burden of compliance reporting and allow school administrators to manage IEPs and track progress of each student. Platorms with an RTI component support various intervention strategies by aligning resources with a rubric of needs.
Assess StudentsCollege Career PlanningCollege-Career Planning allow high school students to research college and career opportunities, set goals for their future and track progress to those goals.
Business and Information Systems
Business DevelopmentHuman ResourcesHuman resource systems manage and report on personnel information, such as payroll, benefits, promotions and certification. Newer systems are focused on "Talent Management" and support professional goal setting, evaluation and professional development.
Professional Development
Professional Development
Professional development systems support the cycle of professional development, including personal growth plans, teacher and staff evaluation, promotions and PD resources. These systems overlap with HR systems, but do not always replace all HR functionality.
Business DevelopmentFinanceFinance systems manage school finances , staff payroll and financial reporting.
Professional DevelopmentProductivity ToolsCommunication systems help schools communicate with parents, the community and other stakeholders. They also allow students, teachers and administrators to communicate with each other.
Manage Student Data
Data Warehouse Systems
Data warehouse systems support data analysis and decision making. They are typically separate from information systems, such as the SIS, but they import data for analysis and reporting.
Business DevelopmentCommunicationsProductivity tools support individual educators in their daily work. They range from email and calendaring programs to word processors, spreadsheet tools and graphics programs. In some models, productivity tools are provided to students to support their online work.
Business DevelopmentTech InfrastructureTechnology infrastructure includes network and communication systems and a technology environment to support hardware and software applications.
Integrate DataData Integration Data integration tools help bridge technologies and provide interoperablity between systems.