Insights from Location Analytics Help LEAs Plan for Distance Learning

Posted by Sarah SingerO

May 5, 2020

As our education partners continue to navigate school closures, we are highlighting ways that they are utilizing Hoonuit’s solutions and tools on our blog.

How can we strategically identify the best locations for WiFi hot spots? Where do our socioeconomically disadvantaged students live? Which neighborhoods can make the best use of new technologies? Which households have multiple students? These are among the many questions educators find themselves asking during today’s challenging and fast changing environment. Hoonuit’s Location Analytics solution is helping to provide answers with new, visual information that is assisting SEAs and LEAs in their decision making and strategies for distance learning. 

Location Analytics is comprised of an expansive set of interactive geospatial tools to help educators understand the geographic context of its student, district, and school data and make more informed decisions. Users can view and analyze attendance boundaries, create custom maps and plot, filter, and integrate different data sets. 

“A client asked if we could build a dashboard that identified the number of students at each household in their system and how many districts they were attending. For example, a household with two students may be attending schools in different districts such as an elementary school and a high school,” said Courtney Stevens, Vice President of Education Research at Hoonuit. “While we were able to build that dashboard, Location Analytics allows us to go a step further and provide information through a visual lens. Several agencies are visualizing their student data with Location Analytics and leveraging heat maps to act more strategically and maximize their technology resources.”

Above: A “zoom” view for a more granular look at student households in different school boundaries.

Once single and multi-student households are identified on Hoonuit’s interactive map, educators can cross-reference those maps with views depicting survey data identifying which families need access to WiFi, Chromebooks, or other technologies for at-home learning. The ability to toggle views and incorporate different data sets make it easy to examine the pros and cons of the different strategic options under consideration.   

“The Hoonuit platform is supported by a full data warehouse and is system agnostic. As a result, we can integrate with any data source a district might be using today or wants to leverage in the future. Location Analytics provides a powerful next step with mapping intelligence. We can accelerate the ability to understand where students live and what technologies they have access to so our clients can properly allocate resources to support virtual schooling,” said Stevens.

Kern County Superintendent of Schools and West Virginia Department of Education are among the Hoonuit clients taking advantage of Location Analytics. Contact us to learn more about how you can use Location Analytics during this time.

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