Public Relations Today
Jayne Miller By Jayne Miller • April 24, 2015

Follow the Numbers: Using Analytics to Support Your School

Data can be a wonderful thing. It can unearth stories about how a community is working together and reveal ways to make that community's experience better. 

If everyone in your school is using the same digital tools (and is already a lean, mean, communicating machine) it might be time to use these tools to learn more about your community and better serve them. We recommend investigating what analytics are available through your school-wide paperless system.

Analytics in Chalkup

Analytics are patterns of data. In the context of a school-wide messaging system or lms, they are a set of resources that tell you how your system is being used. We’re talking about total number of messages sent, Google Drive usage, or perhaps the number of discussions and assignments that are currently active.

We'd want to use this information to understand how your community is using the digital tools you have in place and predict ways we can make their experiences better. Analytics also allow us to solve problems we didn't know existed until we crunched the numbers.

When your whole school is hooked up to a communication system like Chalkup, you’re suddenly positioned to identify patterns related to how many messages are being sent, how many assignments are getting pushed out, or perhaps how many hours of homework your students have each night. This is information that can be used to support what’s happening in classrooms.

For example: an administrator’s analytics dashboard - like the one we use with our customers in Chalkup Pro - would allow an administrator to see if certain teachers were assigning far more homework than others.

They could see how many assignments have gone out over a given period of time and what percentage of students were turning the assignments in.

Similarly, they could see what percent of the work was graded.

What if turn-in rates were low and 90% of the work was being graded? What’s going on there and what does it tell us? Do the teachers know how much work they’re assigning and how it overlaps with work assigned by other teachers? Is this a unique opportunity for an administrator to help get everyone on the same page so student workloads remain challenging, but more evenly spread out?


Keep your school on the same page.