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Useful Networks for Data Analysts

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Transcript of Useful Networks for Data Analysts

Two Useful Networks for Data Analysts

Define the objective
Networking is an integral part of the education environment. Two networks that are useful to school Data Analysts are:
Analyze and Examine
As a data analyst and member of the administrative team, it is necessary to find new ways of presenting knowledge to students. By utilizing the online networks, one can discover such ways and collaborate with other administrative professionals.
New Knowledge
After exploring both the TICAL and IULC websites, knowledge gained includes conference dates, webinars on useful topics, ideas on how to use technology in the classroom that can be shared with teachers, and links to active discussion boards used by other campus leaders.
Impact on
Professional Practice
By participating in online networks like TICAL and IULC, I can become a resource for teachers to turn to when they need help integrating technology. I can also provide answers to my principal and assistant principal concerning technology use, needs and implementation.
TICAL
The Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership, or TICAL, is a resource who's "mission is to help K-12 administrators provide informed and effective leadership in the use of technology to improve education" (Rzmoon, 2006). Their website is up-to-date and full of very useful information:
Innovative Urban Learning Community
The Innovative Urban Learning Community, or IULC, is an online network and website used for collaboration among school leaders. While the website looks promising, it hasn't been updated in a few years.
Reflection
From the list of networks to choose from, the two sites chosen were the only ones that were active and/or applied to a Data Analyst position. Both websites appeared to provide resources to answer my questions while serving on the campus administrative team.
Conclusion
The effectiveness of using online networks is limited by the frequency of updates and by the number of users actively participating in the network. However, even if a website is not being maintained it can still lead a user to other useful websites. The TICAL website will serve as a very useful resource and a great way to network with other professionals.
The TICAL Community: Administrator 2.0
Administrator Blogs and Articles
Discussion Board
No-cost webinars
The Innovative Urban Learning Community
Blogs
Videos
Articles
Discussion Forums
Cover a variety of useful topics:
Collaborative and Social Web Tools
Funding
Hardware and Software
Policiy and Vision
Professional Development
Research and Data
Resource Database
BYOD and 1:1
21st Century Skills
Cyber Safety
Social Media and Web 2.0
Mobile Learning
Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
No-cost Webinars
Facts and Myths of the Next Generation Assessments
Implementation a Learning Management System (LMS): Culture of Collaboration to Meet College and Career Readiness
Year 2 of an 1:1 with iPads
Top 14 Web Resources for Leaders in 2014

Blogs
The IULC blog has not been updated since February 2010, but there were some links to other blogs. One of these was the blog of Lisa Nielsen who claims, "This community supports those interested in sharing ideas about learning in ways that are innovative and relevant to generation text" (Nielsen, 2013).
Videos
The IULC site has thirty-one videos. The most recent video was posted in 2011. The topics focus primarily on Roy H. Mann Junior High School. Because the videos are not being updated, the site would be useful to visit once but not on a regular basis.
Articles
Some of the articles links were broken, but one article on Earth Science took me to another site altogether, Tech & Learning. It seems more promising than IULC, with blogs, forums, videos and webinars. It is the online version of a print magazine.
Similarities
Both sites appeared to have blogs, forums, discussion boards and articles. The topics appeared interesting and relevant.
Differences
The primary difference between TICAL and IULC lies in the number of contributors and the amount of up-to-date content. The TICAL website was superb, but the IULC website was underused and out-of-date.
Why I would use online networks
To gain ideas about technology integration
To gain access to webinars
To gain access to scholarly articles on leadership and technology implementation
To gain access to educational technology videos
To find blogs from other educational technology leaders
How I would use online networks
To find new ways of integrating technology to share with teachers and other administrators
To find new ideas for funding, policy and vision

Using online networks: Data Analysis
View an online presentation by Jenny Rankin that focuses on the "data system, which plays a significant role in whether educators’ data-informed decisions are based on accurate interpretation of the data" (Rankin, 2013).
Using online networks: Feedback
Read a presentation given by Rowland Baker on the use of Google forms to gather information. He states, "The easiest thing to do in leadership is to say NO, the hardest thing to do is make informed decisions" (Baker, 2012). Google forms provide one avenue to gather information from teachers,
students and parents.
TICAL
The TICAL site was an unexpected jackpot of information. Not only did it include a network for administrators, it was also full of blogs, articles, videos, discussion posts, webinars and other resources -- that were up-to-date and relevant to the 2013 classroom. The TICAL site was an excellent find.
IULC
The IULC site was unimpressive. It had far fewer resources and required a membership. Although there was a discussion board, there were only a handful of participants. It did have a large number of videos, but few blogs or articles. It is uncertain as to whether or not the site is currently being maintained which is a shame because it has the potential to be a very valuable resource.
References
Baker, R. (2012, October 12). Why Google Forms are Important to School/
District Leaders. Retrieved October 14, 2013 from https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B4W8t34-8_zlVHNTa2k1d1Z0MGM.

Nielson, L. (2013, October 13). Welcome. Retrieved
October 14, 2013 from http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com.

Rankin, J. (2013, February 14). How data systems
& reports can either fight or propagate the data analysis error epidemic, and how educator leaders can help. Retrieved October 14, 2013 from http://admin20.org/forum/topics/how-data-systems-reports-can-either-fight-or-propagate-the-data

Rzmoon. (2006, March 24). About TICAL.
Portical.org. Retrieved October 14, 2013, from http://www.portical.org/blog/about.

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