Project Unicorn is an educational initiative that strives to improve data interoperability in K-12 education. The initiative continuously works on determining shared priorities and forging partnerships between school systems and vendors. The team has compiled a list of 10 questions that decision makers and technology purchasers for schools and districts should ask vendors before deciding on a product.
How does your product allow me to import, export, or synchronize information? What types of information can I transfer and in what format?
Does your product have a data standard such as Ed-Fi, IMS Global, or Access 4 Learning?
Do you adhere to secure student data privacy policies? Are you a signatory of the Future of Privacy Forum Student Privacy Pledge?
Has your development team received training about data privacy and security? Does your architecture support student data security?
How does your application architecture support scalability to provide fast response times to high volume and product usage?
What is the process for incorporating your product into our curriculum? How will we implement the new workflow with this product?
May I reach out to customers who have incorporated your product into their curriculum to ask about their experience?
Does your product rely on research to demonstrate impact and inform product improvement?
If we choose not to continue with your product, what would happen to our data?
The Covid-19 pandemic forced educators to make many changes in response to instant lockdowns and other unexpected pressures. But one thing educators who read Big Deal Media’s K-12 Technology newsletter didn’t have to change: their reliance on the newsletter as a valuable tool for finding and buying technology resources for their schools and districts.
The Transformational Leadership Institute is an offering of virtual, accredited* trainings on antiracism, unconscious bias, learning loss, and ways that COVID-19 has exposed and exacerbated the issues. The institute, sponsored by Kendall Hunt, will take place on July 1, July8, and July 13, 2021. Tailored for K–12 leaders and educators, the virtual sessions will equip participants to design individualized equity plans.
The ASL App, by Ink & Salt, presents videos made by people who are deaf to help users learn a new visual, spatial language in a way that is easy, intuitive, and well paced. Users can drag their finger on the videos to control the speed, and when they need to know a sign right away, they can use the search index.