Escholar

How High Can You Jump?

As many of you know, I’m the proud parent of two great kids. My daughter is a sophomore in high school, and my son is now a senior and working on his college applications. A while ago, he and I were working our way through his SAT prep book when the remarkable happened. He relaxed…
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Let’s Be Problem Solvers at SXSWedu 2015

SXSWedu is one of education’s largest gatherings with the stated purpose of “fostering innovation by hosting a diverse and energetic community.” They do a pretty good job at this, but after attending the conference these past two years, I’ve always felt like there was something missing. The majority of sessions at SXSWedu follow a standard…
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eScholar’s Perspective on The Protecting Student Privacy Act of 2014

Parents and students should have more control over how data about them and their education are used. We believe they should have this control regardless of who is managing their data on their behalf. In our experience, most school districts, state education agencies and higher education institutions take advantage of a mix of in-house and “outside parties” to run their operations, including managing data. If this is done well, it should appear seamless to the parent and student. No matter who is managing the data, all parties must be held to the same standards to provide transparency while still protecting student privacy.

Goals Matter Contest Winner: Anna, Age 11

This spring, eScholar held a Goal Matters Essay and Video Contest for students ages 8-17. As we read and watched hundreds of creative entries to choose winners and finalists, we were inspired by how driven, articulate, and optimistic these young students are. It’s clear that they are serious about their future aspirations. Many are motivated…
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Goals Matter Contest Winner: Zakiyyah, Age 15

When we launched the inaugural eScholar student contest last year around the theme of why education matters, it became clear from the entries we received that most students understood their education is relevant because they all had clear goals they wanted to achieve. Focused on personalized education with a mission to help individual student succeed…
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Announcing the Winners of Goals Matter!

When I was a teacher, I loved learning about my students’ goals and seeing how they worked to achieve them over the course of the school year. This year, the eScholar contest provided us with that insight, except instead of learning about student goals over the course of a year, we learned about the goals…
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Addressing Security and Privacy

Data privacy and security are issues that I, along with the rest of the eScholar team, take very seriously. Recently, Stephanie Simon, education editor at Politico.com, published an article called “Data Mining Your Children”. In the article, Ms. Simon included a statement about eScholar. The statement reads: “The data storage and analytics firm eScholar, which sells software to…
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Announcing eScholar’s Annual Student Contest: Goals Matter

It’s finally spring, and that means school’s almost out for the summer.  As students and teachers prepare to wrap up this school year, it’s the perfect time to take a quick break to celebrate all the great things students have learned and accomplished. Last spring, we launched our inaugural annual student contest with Make My…
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Client Spotlight: Nebraska Department of Education, Data Conference & Fun Facts

In my role as an Account Manager for eScholar, one of my primary goals is to always support my customers in as many ways as possible. One of the many ways that I support them is to attend individual state’s annual data conferences. State data conferences bring together the appropriate people from the school districts…
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CoSN 2014: Smart Data vs. Big Data

If we want the education data and personalized education movements to succeed, we must focus on quality, not quantity. Smart Data, not Big Data, can help personalize education.