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How does your school store and manage student data?

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Started by Karen Spencer 06 Nov 2012 10:15am () Replies (3)

A new article in Computers in New Zealand Schools explores the state of play in terms of student data management in secondary schools.


The key findings suggested that:


  • Schools usually have a general student management system in place.
  • The system is often diverse, depending on the school, with data spread across multiple locations
  • Data on students was often compartmentalised and fragmented, particulary at secondary in relation to different learning areas, rather than offering a holistic picture of students' achievement cross-curricular.
  • There is a need for a systemic plan for data management for whole schools.
  • There is a need to consider what data will be most useful to informing effective learning.
  • Staff needs time and professional learning that is focused on using data purposefully to inform classroom practice.


For the whole article, go to:


Does this present a familiar picture? How does your school manage the storage, flow and use of learning-related information?


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  • stephc (View all users posts) 07 Nov 2012 9:14am ()

    Wondering what schools are doing when they have ePorfolios (or similar) using blogger and children are leaving the school and students are going to another location that is not supporting that platform (or any platform).   We are wanting to ensure the learning is not lost, however wanting to make sure the information is secure and also that our school is not linked to it any more. Is it correct that each account will only be allowed 50 blogs through blogger?  I know they can be downloaded and am assuming this is the best option but very keen to hear what others are doing around this. 

  • Tania (View all users posts) 07 Nov 2012 9:35am ()

    Hi Steph,

    Schools and Early Childhood Centres I am working with using blogger are changing ownership of the student ePortfolio/Blogs to the student/parents email address.  The student/parent becomes ADMIN of the blog and is able to choose if they on share with new school.  This means that no learning is lost and students/parents/whānau can continue to add to their learning ePortfolio and share.  Teachers are then able to become simply 'readers' of the students blog if the blog is private OR totally delete themselves as admin/author/reader - depending on how the blog has been set up.

    Hope this helpsSmile

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