Dr. Michael Conner discusses technology integration with education leaders

Superintendent Emeritus and Education Futurist Dr. Michael Conner shared valuable insights during a webinar co-hosted by AASA, CoSN, and EdWeb.

To achieve interoperability, districts must first examine and respond to what happened in the early years of the pandemic. ”

— Dr. Michael Conner

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ, USA, April 4, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Superintendent Emeritus and Educational Futurist Dr. Michael Conner shared valuable insights during a webinar co-hosted by AASA, CoSN and EdWeb, “Interoperability: Sharing Data, Content, and Services Within School District Systems or Applications.” The webinar discussed data sharing between district applications.

Key features of a highly integrated system include the creation of student “rosters” as students enter the school system, with additional data requirements such as test scores added automatically as they progress through each class. Implementing systems to automate data reduces the need for manual data entry and uploading spreadsheets. Additional requirements such as data access, analytics, and security were also discussed.

To achieve interoperability, districts must first examine and respond to what happened in the early years of the pandemic. Many district administrators did not fully understand the importance of making all their systems work together, and many educators signed up individually for apps and other resources that could help them meet student needs.

According to Dr. Michael Conner, there may now be a need for “strategic abandonment” of software and systems that do not work well with other parts of a district’s technology infrastructure.

Dr. Conner recommended using design thinking, combined with a research and development process in which rapid initial cycles are used to compile and analyze data that shows how well something works and meets district goals. This process includes compiling and incorporating feedback from users and administrators, before proceeding with full-scale implementation and integration of the project into the district’s strategic plan.

About AASA
The AASA is the premier association for school system leaders and serves as the national voice for public education and Capitol Hill District leadership.

About CoSN (The Consortium for School Networking)
AASA is the premier trade association for technology leaders in the school system. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community, best practices, and advocacy tools to help leaders achieve digital transformation success. CoSN represents more than 13 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education.

About EdWeb
edWeb.net is an award-winning professional learning network that facilitates collaboration, peer-to-peer learning, and the sharing of innovative ideas and resources.

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