2. How big is their library of single sign-on applications? Educators won’t want access to a limited number of tools and instructional resources.
3. Do they support multiple login options, including ID cards, facial recognition, etc.? This can be important when working with younger students or those with different physical capabilities.
4. Do they support a range of authentication methods, such as LTI or Google? Again, the single sign-on decision should not negatively impact the tools teachers already use.
5. Does the vendor support easy access to files from the different applications?
6. Does the application deliver class rosters to the different tools?
7. What analytics does the program provide? Does it go beyond basic usage?
8. Is it customizable? Can schools and districts add colors, logos, etc.?
9. What additional features, such as a parent portal, are available?
10. What are the vendor’s security and data privacy policies?
Finally, as with all new edtech, a successful rollout depends on having a well-thought-out plan. The presenters emphasized the need for user training—faculty and students—before full implementation, starting with a small portion of the school first, and communicating with students and parents across all avenues about the new system. Most important, schools should celebrate their single sign-on because they will spend less class time on troubleshooting and more on learning.
About the Presenters
Dr. Barbara Nesbitt is an educator with over 30 years’ experience. She has been a teacher, instructional and technology coach, consultant, coordinator, and director. She is now the executive director of technology for the School District of Pickens County (SC). She has served on various boards including the K-12 Institutional Board for IMS Global and the National Council on Digital Convergence. Currently she is the chair of the IMS Global K12 Institutional Board.
Jan Mills, vice president of Sales for ClassLink, spent 17 years with Irving (TX) Independent School District as an educator and instructional technology director before leaving to work with various education technology companies. She has over 20 years of experience selling and leading sales teams in the K-12 marketplace.
Kimber Nelson is an educator with over 20 years’ experience. Nelson has been a classroom teacher, technology resource teacher, and is now the instructional technology coach for secondary schools for the School District of Pickens County (SC).
Betsy Masters is a 24-year career educator, spending most of those years in the elementary setting. As technology for the classroom becomes more readily available, she has made it her mission to stay abreast of these ever growing and changing trends, while guiding and assisting others along her technology journey. She currently serves as an instructional technology coach for the School District of Pickens County (SC).
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