How one CA district streamlines edtech rollout, and ensures high student engagement

July 05, 2022

Erin Browner • Content Marketing Manager

3 min read

With Clever, Riverside saves more than just time and money. The district has more visibility on student engagement and procures data to inform smarter edtech spending. 

The challenge: Excess spending and slow roll-outs

Through a careful vetting system, Riverside Unified School District’s (RUSD) curriculum stakeholders had invested considerable funding into hand-picked learning applications. District leaders were confident that these applications would support student learning and add value to the learning experience–making them a high-impact addition to teachers’ toolkits.

Upon observation, however, many teachers weren’t implementing these high-ticket applications. Educators who attempted to guide students through inconsistent login procedures, failed passwords, and scattered link locations were wasting learning time and creating classroom management issues. The underutilized investments drained district funding.

Moreover, in 2014-15 the technology team was averaging 7 to 14 days to roll out applications through a tedious account creation process. Frustrated requests began pouring in for a “one-stop-shop” where students could easily access programs they used most.

We needed somewhere for students to go and find what they needed and this was the solution. Every application that we use is basically on Clever for their single sign-on.

Carolina Perez, Department of Innovation and Learner Engagement

The solution: Easy rollouts, increased student engagement, and visibility of edtech usage

In 2018-19, RUSD was seeking the solution to its issues with lengthy rollouts and inconsistent classroom usage. Now the tech team rolls out applications in a fraction of the time in years prior via customizable sharing rules, easy Google integration, and on-demand data syncing. RUSD’s Innovation and Learner Engagement Department has re-allocated this saved time to support teachers with professional development and comprehensive digital training materials.

Ease of use and customizable teacher pages have RUSD educators using Clever enthusiastically. Logging into instructional technology no longer disrupts class time. Learning apps now serve to support curriculum as originally intended.

Riverside’s administrators can see a dramatic increase in the utilization of paid learning programs with Clever’s usage analytics. This data allows them to cut ties with costly applications that aren’t beneficial. An impressive 100% of students are now logging into Clever monthly.

The changes created a true partnership between technology personnel and curriculum leaders. Together, they have defined a clearer path for implementing instructional technology that benefits everyone.

The best part? When paralleled with alternative SSO solutions, they found Clever’s free platform could provide all the benefits without the added $75,000 price tag.

Our collaboration with our instruction department really deepened. Having big district-wide apps accessible in Clever with the ability to integrate seamlessly was huge in being able to push the portal to the entire district.

Sylvia Diego, Department of Innovation and Learner Engagement

Key Benefits

  • Lightning-fast roll-outs: With Clever, IT gets new apps up and running in a matter of days, instead of weeks.
  • Increased student engagement: With Clever implemented, RUSD could see that more than 90 percent of students were logging in every month to access resources.
  • Smart spending: RUSD oversees usage analytics in real time to self-audit unnecessary purchases and under-utilized, big-ticket apps.
  • Building interdepartmental relationships: Tech and curriculum stakeholders connect to support the technology needs of students and teachers – linking their workstreams and creating a more collaborative culture.

Everyone asks, ‘Is this something that can be added on Clever?’, because they know that’s the location for all students, whether they are virtual or in-person.

Carolina Perez, Department of Innovation and Learner Engagement, Riverside Unified School District

About Clever

Clever is a single-sign-on learning portal simplifying log ins for more than half of the K-12 students in the US. Clever gathers all of your most used technology pieces into one place for students, teachers, and staff to access in a single step. Clever districts are amplifying the student experience and enriching their curriculum through the discovery of valuable new applications in Clever’s App Gallery.