Over the course of the past two months, reporting features to measure student logins and files opened have been added to Kurzweil 3000-firefly. These are very important additions to a product suite that already does so much to help students succeed academically. You may find yourself asking, “More data? Don’t we have enough already?” Allow me to provide three reasons why combining the information contained in this new feature with what you have already been collecting will be integral to your students’ success. Are they using the tools? First, and arguably most important, you will have first-hand knowledge that the tools you’ve provided to support your students are being accessed and used. This is a critical indicator to determining the effect that use of Kurzweil 3000-firefly is having on your students’ performance. This applies equally to K-12 and institutions of higher education. It will now become immediately and clearly evident when a student for whom you have identified Kurzweil 3000-firefly as a necessary component to educational success is not using the program. Early identification equals early intervention, which ultimately means the most precious resource available to each of us is not lost – time. If we can intercept the non-user and coach them almost instantly, there is a much greater chance we can avoid failure and retain students to increase graduation rates.
Informed decision-making process The second reason reporting is so important is likely one you already know. Data is an integral, objective part of any decision-making process. From understanding that a student has not used Kurzweil 3000-firefly to read a required text to comparing the product’s usage with other academic performance indicators as part of an ongoing improvement process – data is vital to addressing immediate educational needs, determining next steps, and measuring success. Consider the “School Improvement Cycle”: Without data, how can we effectively plan what to do or know how to act from what we have studied? Simply put, data is fundamental to everything we do to educate students at every level. Kurzweil 3000-firefly now delivers on this fundamental need we all share.
Accountability Finally, there is accountability. Very few of us are lucky enough to hold a position where we don’t have to answer for our actions or decisions. With Kurzweil 3000-firefly reporting you now have a valuable tool to ensure that:
- Students are making use of the supports you’ve provided them
- Informed decisions are made relative to instruction or program delivery
- Your investment is yielding the positive results that are not only desired, but required
If you haven’t already done so, you are encouraged to login to Kurzweil 3000-firefly to explore the new reporting features, attend a free webinar on May 29 at 12:00 PM ET, contact your local representative to learn more, or share your feedback on how we can continue to develop the reporting functionality to meet your needs. Roger Steinberg Director – Product Development & Implementation