On February 20th, seven YPICS team members went down to San Diego to attend the annual Illuminate Education User Conference, in order to explore how we can extend our use of the Illuminate ISI & DnA tools in our second year of implementation. The team focused on office processes such as attendance, custom reporting, transcripts and CALPADS, as well as implementing RTSS / RTI documentation.
Here are some takeaways:
- Student Data Privacy
- Need check our compliance with the various state and federal laws, which are numerous and overlapping
- Instill in our culture more clearly defined privacy practices, especially when dealing with 3rd party vendors and external publishing mediums
- We need to become ferpa sherpas!
- System Admin Tips and Tricks
- More custom reporting!
- Create a report, mark it as a favorite, push out as a district favorite or as a tile
- CMD+K shortcut in Illuminate
- Use Bulletins/Banner Blasts to augment our communication
- Develop backend access for additional flexibility in reporting (super duper secret stuff)
- Need to create a recurring method of communicating tips, tricks and useful processes to staff
- Master Scheduling
- Custom Reporting
- Cool Stuff
- Activate is now Illuminate Resources, included
- Lightning Grader now has a fill in section for scanning answer sheets, allowing for custom response to be graded online, same as quick assessments.
- Free and Reduced Lunch forms generator to ease the burden on parents to complete the applications
- There is now an IE Educator App which can be used to “catch a student doing something right” by taking a picture and the app will send it to the guardians automatically (iOS only, will be added to staff issued iOS devices)
- Can be fun! (No, really!)
- How to create audit check custom built reports to filter for missing or incorrect data.
There may have also been some team building activities…
If you have a question about the material listed or want to see if there was some specific material covered at the conference that you want listed here, please let me know.