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Clarity Technology & Learning
  • What is Clarity Technology & Learning?

      

    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.



    Go to the ESC-20 Commitment and Contracts System to sign up for Clarity. Log into your Clarity account to view your district or campus data.  
  • Ask yourself...

    • How are  the dollars invested in instructional technology impacting student learning and teacher growth?
    • Is professional development focused on the appropriate skills?
    • Do teachers and administrators share ownership of the successes and opportunities?
    • Is your school ready for a paperless environment?
    • What do students think about technology use at school? 
    • How can your district ensure the buy-in of modern teaching and learning with key stakeholders?
    • You want to implement a 1:1 or BYOD initiative. Is your school ready for it?
    • Your school already has a 1:1 initiative. How do you measure progress? What should be the next steps?
    • How does technology support-student centered learning environments (T-TESS)?

    Who are our learners? 

    Traditional Learner 21st Century Learner
    Sit and get Move and experiment
    Learner as receptor Learner as initiator
    Expectations same for all Student navigates choices
    Product oriented Process and product oriented
    Teacher tells Student constructs meaning
    Paper and pencil driven Technology enhanced learning; multimedia driven
    Explicit directions No limits
    Isolated learning; work in silos Interconnected and global learning; collaborates
    Compliant Problem-solver
    Answers are primary Questions are primary
    Knows facts Inquires
    There is a right way There are multiple ways
    Waits for results Immediate gratification
    Adapted from Dave Bircher'sTweet; 
    https://twitter.com/bircherd/status/537454273949220864/photo/1

  • 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.  

    CLASSROOM
    Explore how teachers and students use technology for learning.

    ACCESS
    Understand the availability of devices and Internet access in school and at home.

    SKILLS
    Measure the levels of teacher and student foundational, online, and multimedia skills.

    ENVIRONMENT
    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 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:

    • Boerne ISD
    • Brackett ISD
    • Carrizo Springs CISD
    • Cotulla ISD
    • Dilley ISD
    • Eagle Pass ISD
    • East Central ISD
    • Floresville ISD
    • Fort Sam Houston ISD
    • Hondo ISD
    • New Frontiers Charter School
    • Northside ISD
    • Pleasanton ISD
    • Poteet ISD
    • Sabinal ISD
    • Saint Mary's Hall
    • Schertz-Cibolo UCISD
    • South San Antonio ISD
    • Southside ISD

    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 teacher question: 
    I am rewarded for integrating technology into my teaching (school recognition, advancement, funding for professional development, or similar). How often is each of the following true for you? 
    a) All the time
    b) More than 50% of the time
    c) Less than 50% of the time
    d) Rarely
    e) Never


    Sample student question: 
    How often does your teacher ask you to post your schoolwork online? 
    a) Weekly
    b) Monthly
    c) Never

    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? 

    Planning
    Districts will have access to data analysis and recommendations to assist with both technology and district improvement planning.

    HB 5
    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.  

    Expenditures
    Districts will have access to data that informs funding allocation. Examples of impact include infrastructure, support, professional development, and digital resources expenditures.

    Professional Development
    Districts will have data that indicates areas of need based on analysis of stakeholder input. 

    Technical Support
    Districts will have data that indicates adequacy of technical support; ex., state of filtering, infrastructure, etc. and the possible impact on teaching and learning.

    Administrative Support
    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 complimentaryClarity 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 become familiar with the success indicators in data points of the CASE framework 
    • To look at the district big picture using a specific set of criteria
    • To compare and analyze results by campus and by grade levels
    • To identify successes and areas of need in terms of digital learning
    • To facilitate a conversation about how to align this data with the district's vision

    To schedule a Clarity data debrief and analysis, please contact Brad Cloud.

    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 indicatorsEach 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.

    • Establish Priorities
      Sometimes the data shows multiple areas that need attention. Typically, this is concentrated in the Classroom section of the dashboard as well as the 21st Century Learning report.
      Think of how one success indicator impacts another. For example, classroom use of technology cannot take place without the appropriate infrastructure, and teachers may not feel confident enough in using technology in the classroom if they lack professional development opportunities or encouragement. Whatever is at the root of the situation, identify the most critical needs and set priorities.
       
    • Clear the Path
      Moving from current conditions to ideal conditions doesn't happen overnight. In order for changes to be systemic and sustainable, a clear path must be drawn and obstacles must be removed. For example, if more professional development is needed, let's find out what are the topics of interest, how they will address the district priorities, and how much time must be allocated. Another example might be teacher collaboration, which is crucial to ensure alignment and consistency, provide support, and refine best practices. If not enough face-to-face time is available, identify ways in which technology can help facilitate ongoing conversations.

    • Move into Action
      Priorities must align with the district vision and be included in the district and/or campus plan. Action plan items must be reasonable and realistic. When this is the case, it's much more likely to ensure the buy-in and support of all stakeholders. Clear, measurable objectives and a timeline for completion can help avoid confusion, and  provide direction and a sense of accomplishment.
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    Why does Clarity Technology & Learning matter to school Superintendents? 

    • Make purchasing decisions regarding the most appropriate learning technologies for students
    • Assess the district's digital learning environment (HB5) and measure progress over time
    • Obtain a clear picture of how existing technologies impact digital age teaching and learning at the district, campus, and grade levels
    • Make informed decisions on improvement planning and strategic allocation of resources
    • Include all stakeholder's input to ensure buy-in of new digital age programs and initiatives
    • Honor student beliefs about digital learning to reduce the gap between instruction and perceptions
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    Why does Clarity Technology & Learning matter to Technology Directors? 

    • Determine how technology resources are being used and what tools have the greatest impact
    • Identify technology infrastructure and technical support needs
    • Use data to advocate for resources and validate recommendations
    • write metrics-supported technology plans with reasonable, measurable objectives
    • Use the data results to support E-Rate applications
    • Recruit and train student groups to assist with technology support a schools
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    Why does Clarity Technology & Learning matter to Curriculum Directors? 

    • Promote the use of digital tools for authentic and engaging career and college readiness:
      • Communication
      • Collaboration
      • Critical thinking
      • Creativity
    • Obtain a clear picture of how existing technologies impact digital age teaching and learning at your campuses
    • Target professional development needs based on trends, gaps, and teacher needs and recommendations
    • Create an environment for the safe, responsible, and ethical use of technologies
    • Quickly access data for grant proposals and documentation
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    Why does Clarity Technology & Learning matter to Campus Principals? 

    • Promote the use of digital tools for authentic and engaging career and college readiness:
      • Communication
      • Collaboration
      • Critical thinking
      • Creativity
    • Obtain a clear picture of how existing technologies impact digital age teaching and learning at your campus
    • Target professional development needs based on trends, gaps, and teacher needs and recommendations
    • Make informed decisions on campus improvement planning and strategic allocation of resources
    • Create an environment for the safe, responsible, and ethical use of technologies (digital citizenship)
    • Provide documentation to stakeholders on the four domain of the digital environment
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    Why does Clarity Technology & Learning matter to teachers? 

    • Promote the use of digital tools for authentic and engaging career and college readiness:
      • Communication
      • Collaboration
      • Critical thinking
      • Creativity
    • Participate in decision-making regarding digital tools and professional development
    • Identify strengths and areas that need improvement
    • Help your school make informed decisions regarding 
      • Resource allocation
      • Training needed to use those resources
      • Support needed to ensure success in the classroom
    • Create an environment for the responsible, safe and ethical use of technologies (digital citizenship)
    • Honor student beliefs about digital learning to reduce the gap between instruction and perceptions
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    Why does Clarity Technology & Learning matter to board members? 

    • Get a clear picture of the availability of existing tools and programs within schools and their actual impact on meaningful learning

    • Enable district to make better decisions more quickly

    • Reach annual benchmarks by giving district accountability through metrics

    • Attain greater transparency into the district's program spending
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    Why does Clarity Technology & Learning matter to students? 

    • Influence the types of technologies and tools that will be available to you
    • Help us understand your digital tools proficiency so you are neither bored nor feeling left behind
    • Reduce the gap between instruction and student perception
    • Receive a clear picture of available existing technologies within your school and their impact on meaningful learning
    • Ensure that your own education is modern, well balanced, and interactive
Contact:
Ravae Shaeffer
Coordinator, College, Career & Military Readiness
(210) 370-5634

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