Duarte Unified School Distric
See why Duarte Unified School District selected Absolute’s Web Usage to enable them to stand up, monitor, manage and measure their distance learning programs amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.
Located in Los Angeles County of California, the Duarte Unified School District (USD) serves the educational needs of 3,400 scholars at the elementary, K-8 and high school levels. The district-wide vision is to produce 21st Century Scholars by providing students with the knowledge, skills and inspiration to be successful in college, career and life.
Because technology is one of those critical skills and a powerful learning tool, Duarte USD already had in place a robust one-to-one computing program for all students in grades K-12. Then the COVID-19 outbreak hit and forced a new and unexpected learn-from-home environment for everyone, and the district had to make some quick decisions, including what constitutes effective and efficient web usage.
When the COVID-19 pandemic broke and students and teachers around the globe were asked to instantly adapt to a new distance learning phenomenon, the entire Duarte USD rallied around an evolved success model. “During these challenging times, everyone stepped up for the benefit of our kids,” said Eric Ramos, Duarte USD’s Chief Technology Officer.
“Given the complexity of the situation, our goal was to make sure all of our students had access to not only devices, but also connectivity to teachers, and access to online curriculum. Not just for academics but also to support social and emotional learning and ensure connection with each other.”
Fortunately, Duarte scholars in grades 6-12 already had Chromebook™ devices through the district’s one-to-one program, and IT could track and manage them remotely using Absolute Control™. To fully stand up their Distance Learning program, Ramos and his small IT team had to quickly get devices into the hands of K-5 scholars, while also providing Wi-Fi hot spots to district families who didn’t have connectivity.
Next, Ramos and his team needed to train teachers on how to use remote learning tools effectively. Some were hesitant to use Google Classroom and other programs, so training was important.
As Duarte scholars and teachers transitioned to distance learning, Ramos and his team were busy figuring out which applications would be needed in what priority order, amongst the seemingly countless freemium app offers that were coming in. For insight into overall device usage, what applications are being used, how often, and for how long, Duarte USD turned to Absolute Web Usage.
With Web Usage in place, Duarte’s IT leadership can measure how engaged their scholars are with online curriculum. The reporting also provides detailed insights for Duarte to navigate better learning outcomes by identifying valuable or underused learning resources in order to build future budgetary plans. The tool also highlights risky websites with potential Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) compliance violations, ensuring Duarte school administrators can protect the safety of their students online.