Analysis: Digital Engagement in K-12 Districts Increased Despite Pandemic Challenges

“Student Level Data Engagement Analysis” aggregates device and app usage data to assess student engagement

New analysis from CatchOn, an expansive data analytics and application monitoring tool for K-12 schools, finds that while districts experienced a significant decline in student engagement at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many quickly rebounded, reaching higher levels of digital engagement than before the pandemic.

“What this data shows us is that despite the many obstacles and challenges thrown at our school districts this past year, educators and staff worked together to leverage the power of technology and keep students engaged and learning,” said Monica Cougan, CatchOn’s Manager of Strategic Relationships and Initiatives. “At a time when so much is being reported on the detrimental impact this pandemic has had on learning, and while it certainly has, this data paints a picture of hope and demonstrates the tenacity, commitment, and innovation of our educators, parents, and students in their pursuit of excellence.”

CatchOn’s Student Level Data Engagement Analysis is based on the actual device and app usage data of 47 school districts from January 2020 through January 2021.

Report highlights include:

  • Pre-pandemic, users averaged 18 unique digital engagements per day.
  • In fall 2020, unique digital engagements increased to 35 on average per day.
  • Weekend and evening digital engagements increased in fall 2020, compared to winter 2020.

CatchOn’s aggregated data delivers a holistic view of digital learning patterns, providing insight into what tools and apps students are actually using, when they are using them and how often they are using them.

“As education enters a new truly digital era, having insight into application usage and engagement data at the student level is going to become increasingly important to promoting student achievement and ensuring fiscal accountability,” Cougan explained.

To learn how data will continue to shape the future of education, download the Student Level Data Engagement Analysis and view an overview video from Monica Cougan, CatchOn’s Manager of Strategic Relationships and Initiatives, here.

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the "Equity & Access" journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

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