Lightspeed Digital Insight to Provide K–12 Districts with Real-Time Ed Tech Usage Visibility and Control

Ed tech company Lightspeed Systems has launched Lightspeed Digital Insight, a new cloud-based tool that gives K–12 districts a complete view of real-time information about ed tech usage, both on and off campus, the ability to act quickly to protect privacy data, approve or deny apps, track costs, and more.

Lightspeed Digital Insight’s dashboards show data on:

  • Student, campus, and district level real-time ed tech usage;

  • Policy scanning for compliance with industry standards such as 1EdTech badging and the Student Data Privacy Consortium;

  • All approved and unapproved apps, and the ability to review any for decision-making. This list can also be shared with parents, teachers, and the public;

  • Consolidated usage data for and access to a 5,000-app NCES (National Center for Education Statistics) curriculum content library for evaluation;

  • Federal spending for Title I and ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funding that administrators can share with departments for budget collaboration.

Lightspeed Digital Insight will work on iPads.

Certain reports can be restricted to relevant personnel such as principals, the company said on its website.

“Like most districts, our use of educational apps exploded two years ago and now we’re faced with a monumental task of maintaining data security, conducting reviews and approvals, and ensuring curriculum quality, with even fewer staff resources,” said Eric Hileman, Executive Director of Information Technology Services for Oklahoma City School District. "The visibility, control, and context provided by Lightspeed Digital Insight makes it possible to do that at scale and still have the time we need to support our teachers and students.”

Lightspeed Digital Insight is powered by Amazon Web Services and built on the foundation of CatchOn, a product acquired by Lightspeed Systems in January 2022.

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