Early-Adopter Results

SchoolNet Run of Show
Action/Task Description Target Date
Provide training for early adopter schools (Exploration and Discovery) January 2014 and ongoing
Analyze feedback from early adopter training February
Solicit feedback from additional stakeholder groups (CIA, RD&A, EC, Student Services, other LEAS)) February
Finalize decision to opt in/opt out February 2014
(DPS Budget deadline is March 1, 2014)
(NCDPI deadline is July 15, 2014)
Confirm school-based training teams April 2014
Provide training to school-based training teams June 2014
School-based teams develop training plans July/August 2014
Deliver school-based training on SchoolNet and OpenClass per school-based plans July (YR)/ August 2014 and ongoing

Schoolnet Early-Adopter Survey

Would you recommend Schoolnet as DPS' IIS?Based on your answer to the last question, why or why not?What input/support is needed from the district level to improve Schoolnet?
YesIt is easier to have one resource to use.more lessons put in
NoThere are not many resources for K-2, too many bugs and glitches, some aspects would be not helpful in the school setting.K-2 resources would definitely be needed (considering there are none) and bugs would HAVE to be fixed.
NoToo many bugs, not enough resources for those in the K-2 departments. I don't think its very teacher friendly.More K-2 resources, fix the bugs make it more teacher friendly.
YesI believe that the online gradebook and assessment creation will be very helpful tools for our school. I like the idea that lesson plans will be able to be shared across schools and districts. We cannot adopt this program unless the bugs and error messages are resolved. It is practically unusable at this point. Also, the test bank content seems to be lacking. We have been told that this will likely be remedied upon full implementation. The district also needs to ensure that teachers are adequately trained in this program.
YesThe assessment creation component is wonderful and a shared lesson plan bank would be beneficial. Standard alignment to tasks and assessments is a plus.Teacher training and resolution of all bugs and issues. Teachers will not use this tool if it is not fully functioning.
YesIts a one stop shop with all information available in one location. It is user friendly.Provide more resources and test items for the lower grades.
YesAll information housed in one location. It is very user friendly and easy to navigate.System needs to be able to support many users logging in at the same time. Provide sufficient resources.
YesWithout the bugs I think this would be a great system to use. If the bugs can not be fixed then I don't think it would be worth it to purchase the software. The money spent would be a waste because teachers won't use it because of the hang-upsIt should be able to be used even when multiple people are accessing it one time
YesIt is a great resource once the bugs are worked out. It will be nice to have all of our data in ine place.Training for all teachers
NoI don't feel we had the opportunity to explore Schoolnet. It may be user friendly, but I did not experience that situation. Much more training and an easy to follow user guide. It would be great to have everything on one website, but the training must be thorough.
NoEven with all of the computer and internet issues, I did feel as though I got a good experience with Schoolnet and what it could really offer. If I could have seen actual lesson plans and quality assessments, I think I would have rated it in the fair or good categories. I still don't think it is something that the corporation should invest in this UNLESS we can link all of our data to it as well. Our data, lesson plans and assessments SHOULD be in 1 place!adding exemplar lessons and assessments as well as purchasing a data component.
YesSchoolnet is full of essential components that makes teaching easier. (Creating assessments directly aligned to Common Core Standards) I am absolutely in love with the number of test items for upper grades, however I would recommend more test items are available for K-2 elementary.

Teachers will be thrilled that they will be able to work from one dashboard. Many programs are confusing, in contrast to Schoolnet everything is essentially arranged in a primary location.
In order to ensure that this product will be most beneficial to Durham Public Schools I would strongly recommend that we consider looking at the data component of Schoolnet. I understand that the deadline for purchasing is rapidly approaching.
YesI like the standards that I can see there for the various subjects and I believe that will help the teachers narrow their test question selections a little bit better. With a little patience, I do believe we can make it work.We must be able to troubleshoot the parts of this program that don't work very well and I do believe when we are able to practice with a little bit more we can have more success than we did on the training day.
YesAlthough there are some thing that concern me about SchoolNet for explain lack of assessment questions for many questions, I believe it is a great resource for teachers. I have already used it to create one assessment for students in my math class. Even though I was unable to allow them to take the assessment on the computer due to lack of login information I was pleased with the type of questions within the assessment tool.If the district is to adopt SchoolNet I would suggest district and school level PD on the use of SchoolNet.
YesThe assessment creation component was be an great asset for teachers to use to ensure proper standard to assessment alignment.Thorough training for all involved parties.
YesIt appears to be a good resource for teachers. Having all documents and data in one location for easy access as well as alignment is extremely valuable. The fact that there is the potential for sharing information between districts is great.Please include Preschool Curriculum, information and data. Multiple trainings as well as follow-up (refreshers), etc. is necessary to benefit from the full use of the system and for that use to be sustained. Technical support to ensure the system is functioning appropriately at all times. Clarification on the roles and access to the system.
YesIt exceeds any of our current platforms. Since we have to make this decision without a full examination, based on what I have seen thus far, I will say yes.Having a help ticket/information request system in place prior to launch will be good. Also, knowing how teachers can co-author assessments ahead of time will be good.
YesMy decision to recommend/ not recommend is based primarily on whether or not teachers will have access to the data component of schoolnet. This would be a great asset to have everything in 1 place where teacher have access to everything they need.Consistency! Commitment to stay with the program for a while.
YesI think it would be a good resource for parents, students, and teachers because its a one centralized program where everyone is able to go to and help students. Put DPS documents on there, and make it easily accessible for teachers to find.
YesI think SchoolNet is a great way to have everything in a central location. I think to be able to share information between schools and maybe even districts is a wonderful idea. It is a great way to save time and create assessments once all are plugged in and ready. The question that were asked in the feedback section during the training provided good insight to what needed to be worked on. Making sure everything is made easier and not harder. Making sure all items are not selected and allow teachers to save time by clicking their preferences. Making sure every teacher is on board and willing to take the necessary steps to get this program up and running.
YesI can definitely see the benefit of using School Net and having everything available at one location. Once all the kinks are worked out I think it would be a great program!I really want them to work on MAKING SURE that their are resources for assessments for early elementary (K-2).