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DISTRICT CIO

WHEN SOFTWARE COOPERATES

For Jim Monti, director of education reform, compliance and IT at Rhode
Island's West Warwick Public Schools,
this means access to previously unavailable programs-everything from early
learning games to Microsoft's Office trio
of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. "The
new software is a big change that makes
Chromebooks a compelling choice versus
PC or Mac notebooks," he says.
Of the district's 4,500 Chromebooks,
only 15 use Android apps. That will grow
as the district starts using 605 recently
purchased inexpensive Chromebook
touch-screen systems for a kindergarten rollout. And a 1-to-1 deployment is
in the works for every student, teacher
and administrator in the West Warwick
school district.
"This has been a big deal for us because
we can now afford computers for our students without taking money from somewhere else," Monti says. "The expanded
software will let us use these systems to
their fullest."
Passwords of the past
"Single sign-on"-another evolving
advancement in compatibility-allows
teachers and students to log into all of the
programs and apps they use during the
school day without having to remember
or enter dozens of passwords.
In the School District of Lee County

EYE ON THE MARKET
LMSs, used mostly in larger
districts, are in 58 percent of
K12 schools across the nation,
according to FutureSource's
market analysis.
Analysts forecast the rapidly
expanding K12 market to grow from

$197 MILLION
to

$285 MILLION

in 2020-a cumulative annual
growth rate of about 10 percent.

44 August 2017

"There's no worrying
about having the
right version or a PC
powerful enough."
-Diane Pappas, project
management CEO, LAUSD

in Florida, teachers and students simply
have to click a launch icon on their laptops to open their learning programs, says
Rob Stratton, the coordinator for instructional materials, media and instructional
technology. This ease of access, made
possible by a program called ClassLink,
has been a huge time-saver-particularly
when teachers are learning new programs,
Stratton says.
"Our teachers have lived the nightmare," Stratton says. "That first 15 to 20
minutes of every training is about how
do I get into the program, what's my
account? Now, with the just click of a
button, they can get right to the heart of
what the app does."
An open standard called "One Roster," a component of single sign-on, automates the process of setting up accounts
for many educational programs. In the
past, that tedious task had to be done
manually by IT staff.
Another big benefit of single sign-on
and One Roster is that concerns over
keeping track of dozens of usernames
and passwords won't prevent districts
from adding new learning programs.
That flexibility inspired Lee County to
introduce several new reading programs
after administrators there decided literacy
scores needed to improve, Stratton adds.
Common cartridge
An LMS should serve as a school's or
district's central nervous system, collecting data from every class, office and
employee. It's how a modern school

builds a robust digital learning environment and automates thousands of essential tasks each day.
But incompatibility issues between
an LMS and a spectrum of software can
jumble data or send information to the
wrong place on the school's servers. A
concept called "Common Cartridge"
has been designed to make this data mismatch a thing of the past.
At its essence, Common Cartridge
allows an LMS to communicate more
easily and accurately, but requires heavyduty programming. The IMS Global
Learning Consortium-an organization
spanning K12, higher education and the
edtech industry-supplies the specs, tools
and code libraries that LMS developers
need to write the compatibility software.
Common Cartridge is designed to
route all data to the right place. After
a schoolwide fourth-grade assessment,
for instance, the LMS could compile
and score the answers and then send
the results to the system's gradebook. It
can also send the results to each school's
principal with lists of those well under or
above the mean for potential remediation
and enrichment.
It can even forward the entire results
to the state education commissioner's
office. In other words, all the district's
heavy data lifting is done by the Common Cartridge software.
'It's all automatic'
For years, Orland Park 230 Consolidated
District near Chicago used an LMS to
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