Connected Nation’s technology experts and research analysts provide a data-driven platform to promote digital teaching and learning. Connected Nation’s School Technology Assessments offer an extensive inventory of technology resources deployed throughout an individual school, a district, a region, or even throughout an entire state, to illustrate historical investments, successes, and data to inform future education technology decision-making.
In January 2016, Connected Nation, under the direction of the Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN), released the Utah School Technology Inventory report. The 14-week study involved a customized online data collection portal and Connected Nation staff members to provide on-the-ground support to school districts. Over 100,000 points of data were collected from Utah public schools, including charter schools, accounting for nearly 1,000 schools serving 628,000 students. The study garnered a remarkable 100% participation rate across all of Utah’s district and charter schools.
Connected Nation and Connect Alaska partnered with the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development to undertake the Alaska School Broadband Audit in 2015. This report included validated data gathered through surveys, site visits, and interviews. The in-depth analysis reviewed Alaska’s movement toward national benchmarks, regional comparisons, E-rate changes and implications for Alaska schools, and recommendations for closing the digital divide in the state. The report, based on the data received from Alaska schools, was also presented in an online portal and through district-by-district summaries.