A Complete Picture of Digital Engagement

Complete your understanding of digital engagement for all students, instructors, and staff within the school system. Analytics+ expands the usage analytics you see through ClassLink to include any digital resource, even those accessed outside of ClassLink. Analytics+ gathers, crunches, and presents this data from the district level, down to the individual student, to help leaders make informed purchasing decisions and better support learning.

Available for existing and new ClassLink customers, Analytics+ is for school-issued devices and works on Chrome and Edge browsers and iOS devices.

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Access usage analytics for all the digital resources used on school-owned devices across your school system (even those accessed outside the ClassLink platform). Never wonder about the full picture of digital engagement again.

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Lead with Confidence

Expand your understanding of what digital engagement looks like for all students, instructors, and staff in your school system—whether learning happens at home or in school. See who needs help, which resources are underutilized, and where to make changes.

Inspire Action with Analytics 

Use clear, actionable data to make sound decisions around instruction, support, professional learning, and budgeting. Then, watch digital engagement (and your ROI) grow and flourish.

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Let Us Answer Your Questions

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What is Analytics+ and Why Now?

Is it Analytics Plus or Analytics+?

We try to keep things short and simple and so you’ll see it as a “+” sign, (but it’s possible someone, somewhere will want to spell out the + sign, and that’s ok too).

What does Analytics+ do?

Analytics+ gathers web usage information on school-owned devices whether the device is used at school or at home. The type of data being gathered:

  • Web usage on Chromebooks
  • Web usage on Chrome and Edge browsers
  • Native app and web usage in Chrome, Firefox, Safari on iOS devices 

Why did ClassLink build Analytics+?

  • We built Analytics+ because schools told us they want a comprehensive view of edtech resource usage. Decision-makers and educators want to know what instructional resources students are attracted to and spend time using. With that information, they can improve guidance towards learner success.
  • As schools pivoted to online learning this last year, the need to better engage students has gone from being important to being an imperative.
  • Helping decision-makers and educators be more informed about how learners use instructional technology resources is a priority for ClassLink.

What type of schools will likely be most interested in Analytics+?

  • Analytics+ is appropriate for schools who provide school-owned devices to students and teachers.
  • Analytics+ is designed to only be installed onto school-managed devices.
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How does it work?

What information does Analytics+ gather?

Analytics+ gathers the following:

  • Websites on Chromebooks, Windows, Mac, iOS
  • Native apps (on iOS)
  • Minutes of use (how long the website was the active tab)
  • Date and time
  • User

How do you determine the user?

Analytics+ uses multiple ways to determine the user, including:

  • Current or most recent ClassLink user
  • Current Google user
  • Current Microsoft user

Where there is no information to determine the user, we identify the user as unknown.

How does Analytics+ differ from the base ClassLink Analytics?

The base ClassLink Analytics system captures only the web activity that is initiated from ClassLink LaunchPad, while Analytics+ gathers web activity regardless of where it is initiated, including iOS native app usage. School leaders and educators have asked for this additional information on school-owned devices.

How does Analytics+ gather this data?

Analytics+ gathers this data through two new technologies:

  • For Chrome and Edge browsers, a new unlisted ClassLink Analytics+ Chrome extension on the Chrome Web Store will be available, which will need to be installed onto managed devices. (This will be in addition to the existing ClassLink OneClick extension).
  • For iOS devices, a new ClassLink Analytics+ app on the iOS app store will be available, which will need to be installed onto school-managed iOS devices. (This will be in addition to the existing ClassLink LaunchPad iOS app).

Does it work on iPads?

Yes, Analytics+ will be able to capture native app usage and websites visited on the native Safari browser on iOS devices. This is accomplished through a new ClassLink Analytics+ app that will be available on the iOS app store, which will need to be installed onto school-managed iOS devices. (This will be in addition to the existing ClassLink LaunchPad iOS app).

What about Android devices?

Analytics+ on Android devices is being considered.

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Security and Privacy

What about privacy?

  • Analytics+ is designed to only gather usage information on school-owned devices. These devices are typically subject to Acceptable Use Policies which govern the school’s obligation to monitor usage.
  • Additionally, educators want this information to know what instructional resources are being used, so they can better guide learners towards success.
  • Analytics+ is designed to prevent gathering usage information on non-school-owned devices.

Where is the data stored?

  • The data is stored on secure database servers hosted in the cloud.
  • The data is encrypted in transit and is encrypted in storage.
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Purchasing and Availability

What is the pricing structure?

  • The pricing structure is very simple. Regardless of the size of the institution, or number of school-owned devices, it is $0.20 per user/year.
  • User count is the combination of students and full-time teachers.

Why is there an annual license cost for Analytics+?

  • Ongoing server processing and hosting costs for the increased data
  • Additional staffing for both increased customer support as well as delivering ongoing improvements of Analytics generally

Rather than raise the price of ClassLink for all customers, we chose to do a minimal charge to those that want this additional data.

Will there be a setup cost or hosting fees for Analytics+?

No, other than the $0.20 per user annual license, there are no other costs.

Can a school purchase Analytics+ alone, with no other ClassLink technologies?

No, Analytics+ requires several other ClassLink technologies to enjoy full functionality.

When will Analytics+ be available for customers?

  • Analytics+ will be activated on July 1, 2021.
  • Schools are permitted to advance purchase before July 1, 2021.
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Data Interoperability and Filters

Are demographics groupings available in Analytics+?

Yes, so long as the demographic information is in Roster Server. The Analytics+ reporting console can aggregate usage data into any cohorts that are in Roster Server.

Can we filter by grade levels and not just schools?

Yes, so long as the grade level information is in Roster Server. The Analytics+ reporting console can aggregate usage data into any cohorts that are in Roster Server.

Are date filters available?

All reports can be filtered to any custom date range. The Analytics+ reporting console includes several default date ranges like today, yesterday, last week, last month, this year, etc.

Will Analytics+ be a separate reporting interface or available through the base ClassLink Analytics reporting interface?

Analytics+ data will be available via both a new independent reporting interface as well as available within the base ClassLink Analytics app. We are providing this dual access for clients who may want to provide access to the Analytics+ information to particular members of their team.

Will Analytics+ data be combined with base Analytics data, so our school can see a single comprehensive view of all usage, whether from within LaunchPad or outside of LaunchPad?

Yes it will, and we’re excited about this too. From within the base Analytics screen, you will see a single comprehensive view of all application use, whether the application was used through LaunchPad or not. You will also be able to see the breakdown too.

Can usage data from Analytics+ be exported into other systems?

ClassLink very much cares about data interoperability and yes, all the data in Analytics+, as well as base Analytics, can be exported into other systems as follows:

  • SFTP scheduled export: This technology allows for scheduled export of bulk datasets through a secure file transport protocol, making it available to be bulk uploaded into other systems.
  • Data Table Exports: Most all reports or data tables in Analytics+ will have an export button adjacent to them. This allows you to download the data in CSV format.

Do I need to re-enter cost and license data of our vendor apps that we’ve already entered into the base ClassLink Analytics reporting interface?

Yes, there will be a few improvements, including

  • You will be able to add more detailed cost and license data for vendor apps.
  • For those schools that purchase Analytics+, there will be new screens that show that data, and you will be able to see the Analytics+ information combined with base Analytics data.
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Technical Setup, Requirements, Interoperability, and Data Filters

What is required, technically, to use Analytics+, e.g. Roster Server? Extensions?

Analytics+ uses new software technologies to gather usage data:

  • For Chrome and Edge browsers, a new unlisted ClassLink Analytics+ Chrome extension on the Chrome Web Store will be available, which will need to be installed onto school-managed devices. (This will be in addition to the existing ClassLink OneClick extension.)
  • For iOS devices, a new ClassLink Analytics+ app on the iOS app store will be available, which will need to be installed onto managed iOS devices. (This will be in addition to the existing ClassLink LaunchPad iOS app.)

Analytics+ also requires ClassLink Roster Server and ClassLink LaunchPad. Analytics+ communicates with these systems to present the usage data linked to apps from LaunchPad and linked to Roster Server user groupings like building, grade, etc.

How much work is involved to activate Analytics+?

Very little work is involved to activate Analytics+:

  • For Chrome and Edge browsers, a new unlisted ClassLink Analytics+ Chrome extension on the Chrome Web Store will be available, which will need to be installed onto school-managed devices. (This will be in addition to the existing ClassLink OneClick extension).
  • For iOS devices, a new ClassLink Analytics+ app on the iOS app store will be available, which will need to be installed onto managed iOS devices. (This will be in addition to the existing ClassLink LaunchPad iOS app).
  • Configuration of a few options.
  • And that’s it, Analytics+ is up and running.

What School Leaders Are Saying

“We are excited to start using Analytics+ to gain a complete picture of digital engagement. The usage data gathered from this product will help us make decisions that have a positive impact on instruction and learning.”
– Kelly Wade, Director of Instructional Technology, Williamson County Schools

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