Data-Driven Teaching Opens New Pathways for Learning'

EdTech Magazine – Eric Patnoudes

“Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both, before we commit ourselves to either.” — Aesop

How many times have you heard that some districts are making data-driven decisions or using research-based practices to announce a new initiative or request funding for the latest silver bullet in education?

Because of misconceptions about data or a lack of understanding about how it can be used to make strategic and well-planned decisions, many are unwilling to denounce data.

On the other hand, ever since Edward Snowden exposed spying on Americans by the National Security Agency, the rhetoric on the use of data has struck fear into the minds of parents nationwide. According to InformationWeek editor David Carr, many privacy advocates fear that “education data gathered together in a big national pool could be misused, or hacked or leaked in some inappropriate way.” Read More