Clarity: Technology & Learning is a research-based online platform created by BrightBytes that measures the effectiveness of technology in schools and offers data-driven recommendations.
BrightBytes is a learning analytics company that combines data with educational research to inform and measure improved learning outcomes.
Statistically significant data is collected twice a year through adaptive online surveys distributed to different stakeholders. Stakeholders include administrators, teachers and students. Surveying of parents is optional. Easy-to-read dashboards pinpoint strengths and gaps as well as link to actionable reports.
Through the data provided by the Clarity Technology & Learning platform, districts may assess current conditions and review recommendations on how to enhance the digital learning environment at their schools based on the four different areas of the Clarity CASE framework - Classroom, Access, Skills, and Environment.
Who are our learners?
CASE is a research-based framework outlining the essential factors schools need in order to augment learning through the use of technology. The framework includes 4 domains - Classroom, Access, Skills and Environment. Each domain measures different success indicators as described in the diagram below.
Explore how teachers and students use technology for learning.
Understand the availability of devices and Internet access in school and at home.
Measure the levels of teacher and student foundational, online, and multimedia skills.
Support policies, procedures, culture, and professional development and technology needs across the organization.
Twenty-four hours after a district data is collected, the dashboard will be active. The dashboard shows the current status in the four domain areas.
The CASE framework summarizes information into an overall tech score. This score is calculated using advanced algorithms that have been developed by data scientists working with a team of educators, educational researchers, and school practitioners.
This overall tech score is the average of the 4 individual domains of the CASE Framework. Scores are color coded to show levels of maturity.
Eight different reports are generated once the data collection is complete. These reports enable districts to compare student and teacher results side by side. They are concise and easy to read such as the Curriculum Report below.
Who Is Using Clarity Tech & Learning?
Approximately 15% of school districts in the nation are currently using Clarity Technology & Learning. Overall, Clarity is impacting more than 1.5 million students and more than 3,000 schools in Texas, or approximately 31% of schools across the state.
ESC-20 districts using Clarity Technology & Learning in 2017-18:
Questions About the Survey
Q: How long will it take to complete the online questionnaire?
A: It will take about 15 minutes for adults and 10 minutes for students.
Q: What device can be used to take the online questionnaire?
A: Stakeholders may use any Internet enabled device.
Q: What are some sample questions asked in the questionnaire?
A: The adaptive questioning process draws from a bank of over 300 questions.
Sample student question:
How often does your teacher ask you to post your schoolwork online?
Q: At what grade level can students start completing the Clarity questionnaire?
A: Students in grades 3-12 may take the survey.
Q: So what happens with students in grades PK-2?
A: Students in grades PK-2 do not complete the survey. PK-2 teachers do take the survey, though.
Q: How is the data analyzed?
A: A CASE report is generated for each district once data collection reaches statistical significance. It can be broken down by campus and grade level. The report focuses on 4 key areas – Classroom, Access, Skills, and Environment. Schools receive scores in each of these areas.
Q: How can districts use their score?
A: Districts use this information to: (1) meet federal, state, grant, and other reporting requirements; (2) inform technology plans; (3) identify professional development needs; and (4) determine staffing, product and service needs.
Q: Who might be the best district leader for Clarity Technology & Learning?
A: Ideally, this person should have a curriculum background, and an understanding of how technology enhances teaching and learning, i.e., the Curriculum Director or Instructional Technology Director.
What are the Benefits for my District?
Districts will have access to data analysis and recommendations to assist with both technology and district improvement planning.
HB 5 legislation requires LEAs to evaluate their digital learning environment. Clarity provides districts with access to data and success indicators to assess their digital learning environment and measure progress over time.
Districts will have access to data that informs funding allocation. Examples of impact include infrastructure, support, professional development, and digital resources expenditures.
Districts will have data that indicates areas of need based on analysis of stakeholder input.
Districts will have data that indicates adequacy of technical support; ex., state of filtering, infrastructure, etc. and the possible impact on teaching and learning.
Districts will have data regarding existing policies, procedures and practices as well as beliefs and attitudes toward technology use. Examples of impact include whether or not time for planning and collaboration is adequate and how often students formally assist with tech support.
Teacher Skills and Student Behavior
Districts will have data to assess the level of self-confidence and proficiency using different technologies. Examples of impact include teachers' ability to troubleshoot barriers, find help and make the most of online professional development. Examples also include students' safe, responsible and ethical use of technology and information.
Teaching and Learning
Districts will have data that indicates effective use of technology in the classroom. Examples of impact include preparing students for college, career, and life.
All Voices Are Heard
Districts will have data originating from different perspectives - teachers, students, and administrators. This combination provides a comprehensive expression of current perceptions.
1) Schedule a data walkthrough.
Once data collection is complete, districts receive a complimentary Clarity Technology & Learning data walkthrough via webinar. They may also request a data debrief for their leadership team. The purpose of these sessions is multi-fold:
To schedule a Clarity data debrief and analysis, please contact: Miriam Martinez.
2) Identify your needs.
Clarity Technology & Learning data is organized in 4 main domains known as the CASE framework - Classroom, Access, Skills and Environment.
Each area is broken down into 22 success indicators. Each success indicator is comprised of data points based on the questions asked to each stakeholder.
Data from each point is displayed in the dashboard as colorful charts and graphs. Level of maturity are color coded.
School leadership teams will drill down the data at the district, campus, and grade level, and identify areas of success as well as areas that need growth.
3) Create a plan of action.
Once the areas that need growth have been identified, school leaders establish priorities, clear the path, and move into action mode.
Why does Clarity Technology & Learning matter to school Superintendents?
Why does Clarity Technology & Learning matter to Technology Directors?
Why does Clarity Technology & Learning matter to Curriculum Directors?
Why does Clarity Technology & Learning matter to Campus Principals?
Why does Clarity Technology & Learning matter to teachers?
Why does Clarity Technology & Learning matter to board members?
Why does Clarity Technology & Learning matter to students?
Ft. Sam Houston ISD
Dr. Roland Rios, Director of Technology
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Jeannine Freeman, former Instructional Technology Specialist
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Doug Shudde, Director of Academic Technology & Library Services
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North East ISD
Jim Baldoni, former Director of Instructional Technology Services
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LinkedIn: Jim Baldoni
Julie Turner, former Instructional Technology Coordinator
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LinkedIn: Julie Turner
Randy Smith, former District Instructional Facilitator
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