DyKnow Cloud: Teacher Tips to Use Analytics

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DyKnow Cloud Class Analytics are a powerful tool to measure and improve learning!

When teachers click "Start Monitoring," DyKnow Cloud begins collecting data on how students spend their class time while using devices. When teachers click "End Monitoring," the data collection ends. By accessing Class Analytics, teachers can review data collected during this time for any period of time (the data is stored forever!) and for individual students, as well as the entire class.

Below are a few tips based on real teacher feedback and how they use their data.

1. "Just Start and Stop"

We encourage teachers who are new to DyKnow Cloud to "just start and stop" monitoring a few times, and then view Class Analytics to see what happened during that class time. This approach often provides a great baseline of reporting for how students are spending their time without a blocking plan in place.

2. Find new resources

DyKnow teachers review data after class to look for new resources they were previously unfamiliar with. One teacher told us that she found students were using sites such as Khan Academy during class, and when she followed up, they admitted they were lost and needed extra help, but were afraid to ask. The teacher now uses Khan Academy as part of her lesson plans, because she learned the students enjoy and prefer using it as a self-help tool.

3. Parent conferences

DyKnow Analytics per student can be incredibly useful during parent conferences. Our teachers use Analytics to highlight a student's great work and the resources they're using during class. The data can also be an objective measurement to show growth; at the beginning of a period of time, the student trended toward off-task behaviors, and their grades suffered. At the end of the period, the student's behavior aligned with on-task efforts, and their grades have improved.

4. Share with your peers

If a student is struggling in one of your classes, try sharing their data with another teacher to compare notes. How is the student spending his or her time in your class compared to others?

5. Share with students

One of the most effective influences on behavior is understanding perception versus reality. It's hard to argue with data: if a student seems unaware of how they're spending their class time, and how that may be impacting their grades or their peers, share their own data in a conference with them and discuss how that data may be affecting their work.

» For instructions on how to access Class Analytics, click here.

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