Tableau: How has data been handled in education in the past?
Robert: Often in education, we keep student information in folders, notebooks, that are often located in your office. However, we do not operate schools from our offices. Learning takes place in the classrooms.
Through the use of Tableau, we're able to bring multiple data sets and live data into the classroom from the administrator's standpoint of students.
With Tableau, you're able to carry that information within a secure setting, which is located on the mobile device or the PC or the Mac. And it is user name and password protected. Once we're through with the information, you just simply log off.
Tableau: Why is this important?
Robert: The mission of N.R. Burger Middle School is to educate all students to become academically proficient and socially responsible.
We're using Tableau to make sure that we are actually fulfilling our mission on the day-to-day basis, making sure we're checking and tracking academic proficiency and the responsibility by students as it relates to attendance as well as academics.
Tableau: Does anyone use the data besides teachers?
Robert: We do share the information I shared with our guidance department so that they can create and design and focus their work on meeting the needs of students. We share our attendance data, attendance trends, with our attendance clerk as well as our attendance officers to make sure that we are working with our students as it relates to attendance.
But also we share the information with parents so that parents can have a linear message with their students and their child—so that we can all come together and work and make sound decisions for students.
Tableau: How do you feel overall about doing data analysis with Tableau?
Robert: I am just very excited about the opportunities that Tableau brings not only our school, our school district, but also to our staff and our students. It enables us to make timely, effective decisions to truly move from notebooks and numbers to actual data and decisions.
Tableau: What devices do you use to access Tableau?
Robert: We use PC, Macs, and we are able to pull it up on my iPad. So those are three of the key devices that I use.
The mobile apps were very interesting to me. Being able to manipulate the data sets from the mobile device and improving the user friendliness of the mobile applications. Oftentimes, if you're focusing on intensive work with multiple data sets, you tend to have a lot of paper, a lot of binders, a lot of notebooks that are just in the conference room that you have multiple eyes upon.