Randy Sumrall to Speak at Information OnDemand 2011

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Preparing Students for the 21st Century is Topic of Keynote at IBM Conference in Las Vegas

Randall Sumrall, CIO of Education Service Center Region 10

Randall Sumrall, CIO of Education Service Center Region 10

It’s no longer one-size-fits-all curricula and testing which fosters invisibility.

Imagine having the information ahead of time to prevent an at-risk child from dropping out of school. No, this isn’t the plot for a Mission Impossible sequel; it’s the new vision for education technology that will be presented by Randy Sumrall on October 24th at IBM’s Information OnDemand 2011 conference in Las Vegas.

Two recent U.S. presidents have decreed campaigns for the U.S. educational system. One is “race to the top,” which implies there will be a winner and a loser, while the other is “leave no child behind.” According to Randy Sumrall, the CIO of Education Service Center Region 10, an education service agency for the State of Texas, “… antiquated systems don’t support the new expectations of ‘leave no child behind’ and ‘race to the top,’ we have developed a completely new approach to integrate two diametrically opposed campaigns into one allowing everyone to win … for real. It’s no longer one-size-fits-all curricula and testing which fosters invisibility.”

Using technology, each “at-risk” child can be monitored by a variety of stakeholders—teachers, administrators, government employees and even parents— who have access to a student data warehouse. A student information system can do much more than just store data. With the Reveal Dropout Early Warning System, predictive analytics about every at-risk student and what can be done to keep them in school and on track is now available.

According to Sumrall, “In order for the Reveal analytics to be effective, the role of teachers must change from that of sole accountability to that of a coach, keeping other stakeholders involved throughout a child’s educational career.”

In the push to prepare students for the 21st century, Texas schools are purchasing technology resources such as tablets, interactive white boards, and assistive technology to facilitate change. They have upgraded their networks to allow students to bring their own devices to school, transforming learning into an anytime, anywhere activity. New curriculums use this information-rich and collaboration-oriented environment to create hands-on learning that is relevant and fun.

IBM is sponsoring the Information OnDemand 2011 conference so attendees can experience proven technologies and business insights to help improve technological performance while reducing costs.

Randy Sumrall has public school instructional experience as a classroom teacher, administrative experience as a technology director, and computer industry experience in school technology systems. Region 10 Education Service Center serves over 130 Texas school districts and charter schools providing transactional and analytical data systems and support that reaches over 750,000 students.

Region 10 Education Service Center is one of 20 regional service centers established by the Texas State Legislature in 1967 for the purpose of providing services to the school districts within this defined geographic region. Region 10 ESC provides administrators, teachers, support staff and students with professional development and services designed for improving both workplace excellence and student achievement.

For more information, visit Region10.org or SchoolViz.org about data analytics solutions and Reveal Dropout Early Warning System.

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