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CatchOn How-To: Trending Apps—Users Per Campus

Feature: Trending Apps Being Used at Each Campus

The trending apps section of CatchOn is one of the most popular features of the platform, and one all users will want to check in on regularly to identify applications used in your school district whether or not you have purchased licenses. No matter your role, the Trending Applications tool in CatchOn can provide you with valuable insight into your district’s technology usage. For example:

  • District technology leaders can look for applications violating Student Data Privacy regulations. 
  • Curriculum directors can compare usage of preferred apps to other, similar applications being used.
  • Finance teams can see the usage of apps with purchased licenses compared to free applications that could save the district money. 

Upon discovery of an application trending in your district, one of your first questions is likely to be which schools are accessing the app. To find out quickly from the trending apps screen, simply click on the “Users Per Campuses” button in the app’s tile. This will provide you with a drop down featuring a list of the top 10 campuses using the selected application ordered by number of unique users.

Usage Trends Dashboard Users Per Campus

Knowing which schools are using different trending applications can help you decide whether or not to approve application usage. For example:

  • Is one of your highest performing campuses using a tool you were previously unaware of? You might consider purchasing the tool for the rest of the district.
  • Are elementary school students accessing a tool with a privacy policy specific to ages 13 and up? You can block that application in your content blocker at those schools.

These are just some of the ways to use the knowledge gained in the Users Per Campuses view of trending apps. And, of course, if you are unfamiliar with an app, you can click on it to view a description, tags, a link to the privacy policy, and more. Make viewing your Trending Applications report in CatchOn a routine to always know what applications are being used and where in your district.

Invest Wisely

Evaluate software renewals with actual usage and financial data, not surveys.

Detect Trends

Discover what free or unknown apps are being used.

Manage Subscriptions

Manage licenses, costs, ROI, and renewals from an easy-to-access dashboard.

Inform Training

Identify gaps in usage by tool to create targeted professional development and training plans.

Student Data Privacy

Diagnose applications vulnerable to student data privacy policies.

Improve Usage

Review important classroom apps to ensure they are being used effectively.

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Explore the following use cases to learn how CatchOn improves app management for you and your team.
Using CatchOn
CatchOn utilizes the roster you upload to identify the campus, grade, course, and sections of a user, so keeping your roster updated is important for making sure your data is accurate. This is most true at the start of a new school year when there are changes in student grade levels as well as staff transitions. An easy way to keep your roster always up to date is by doing a regular SFTP Export from your SIS or utilizing CatchOn’s new OneRoster API connector. You can implement this using the instructions in the “Deploy CatchOn” section of our help content. As always, if you need assistance, please let your Customer Success Manager know, and they will be happy to schedule an appointment with you. You may have also heard the exciting news that the CatchOn Class-Level Module is now included in the standard CatchOn subscription. To obtain class and section-level data, a roster exported in the IMS Global OneRoster Format is required. If you are currently utilizing our Lite Rostering format and would like to transition to OneRoster, please let your Customer Success Manager know. Agents Districts across the country have purchased thousands of new devices to assist with eLearning this fall. CatchOn customers should make sure our agent is installed on the new devices before distributing them to students to ensure valuable data is captured. Most MDM setups should automatically include CatchOn based on how the agent was originally pushed out, but it never hurts to double check. The CatchOn team is available to assist with agent deployment if needed. Application Licenses For many of our CatchOn customers, July 1 is the renewal date for most of their education software purchases. To gather Return on Investment (ROI) and more detailed usage analytics in My Apps, these new licenses should be entered into CatchOn. For renewals, instead of editing your previous license and extending its expiration date, we recommend adding a new license. This allows you to see your renewal history for all of your apps inside of CatchOn. Approved Applications Last spring, CatchOn introduced the public facing approved applications site. This allows you to share with your stakeholders the applications you have vetted for student data privacy, academic rigor, and approved for usage in the district. Updating this list can be an easy way to make sure technology expectations are effectively communicated to teachers and families. Scheduled Reports We know that with the difficulties facing school and district leaders right now, remembering to log in to CatchOn can take a back seat. We do have automated email reports that can come weekly or monthly, giving you insight into application and device usage in your district. You can also send these reports to any email address you want, regardless of if they have a CatchOn account. Reports can be for the entire district or for specific campuses, so this is a great way to give principals information around device and application use for their teachers and students. You can set these up in the reports tab of CatchOn. Schedule a Data Review If you would like to discuss any of these points, need assistance, or would like training for new members of your team who would find the data in CatchOn useful, you can schedule a Data Review with your Customer Success Manager using the following links: • Schedule with Caitlyn • Schedule with Craig We are grateful for all of the hard work educators are putting in right now, and the CatchOn team is ready to support you however we can.
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