The Edtech Podcast: Data for teachers

#109 – How teachers can make data analysis work for them

What’s in this episode?

With technology, teachers actually sometimes see less student work than they do with a traditional worksheet. How can resources developers best communicate about students’ work to teachers? What instructional decisions do teachers make for which it is helpful to have data to answer? Are data points useful beyond intervention alone? What do teachers actually seek from data and how it is presented, without adding to existing workload? What latest design methods of communicating information can be used to feedback student performance to teachers whilst maintaining the agency of all stakeholders? Is the “data-dashboard” here to stay? Or is there another way?


Sophie is the founder of the iTunes new and noteworthy, The Edtech Podcast. The mission of The Edtech Podcast is to improve the dialogue between ‘ed’ and ‘tech’ for better innovation, through storytelling. The podcast is downloaded 1500+ times a week, from up to 141 countries with the UK, US & Aus in the top 3. Sophie is a mentor and advisor within the edtech community. If she’s not interviewing a university lecturer, school leader, ex-Angry Bird, NGO, or investor about education innovation, she’s chasing her three-year-old around the park or binge-reading Homo Deus.

Twitter: @podcastedtech

Dr. Kristen DiCerbo is the Vice-President of Education Research at Pearson. She leads a team of researchers focused on conducting and translating research about learners and learning to inform the development curricula and tools developed by Pearson. Her personal research programme centres on simulation and game-based assessment. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, as well as white papers on transformations of education in the digital world. Prior to joining Pearson, Kristen provided research support to the Networking Academies at Cisco and was a school psychologist in a local school district in Arizona. Kristen received her master’s degree and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at Arizona State University.

Twitter: @kristendicerbo

  • Jeff Dieffenbach

Jeff Dieffenbach is the Associate Director of the MIT Integrated Learning Initiative, which funds, connects, and disseminates transformational MIT research investigating learning effectiveness across K-12, higher education, and workplace learning. Previously, Jeff has served in senior product management, business development, sales, and marketing roles across a range of education companies: online teacher professional development provider Medallion Learning; education consulting firm Consulting Services for Education; workplace learning/software company Global Project Design; large publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; mid-sized publisher Cambium Learning, and reading software publisher Lexia Learning. In parallel with his education work, Jeff served for ten years as an elected school board member in a suburban town west of Boston and for six years on the advisory board of HILL for Literacy, which develops and deploys sustainable literacy programs in K-12 school districts. Prior to entering the field of education, he led business development for a boutique management consulting firm. Jeff has master’s degrees in Technology and Policy and in materials engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Twitter: @mit_ili 

  • Ross Morrison McGill

Ross Morrison McGill also known as @TeacherToolkit, the ‘most followed educator on Twitter in the UK’ is the founder of one of the most popular education websites in the world. He is an award-winning blogger, author and teacher with over 25 years teaching and school leadership experience in some the most challenging schools in London. In December 2015, he was nominated for The Sunday Times ‘500 Most Influential People in Britain 2015’ and remains the only classroom teacher to have featured to this day.  Twitter: @teachertoolkit

  • Samantha Ahern

Samantha is currently Learning Technology Project Officer within UCL’s ISD’s Digital Education team. She is working on two projects, one for the Digital Education team, for the other she is working with Research IT Services as a Learning Designer. She often describes herself as a storyteller, either through data analysis or learning design. Twitter: @2standandstare 

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