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Roundtable to Analyze Benefits of Big Data in Education

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In the last few years, big data has driven huge advances in the amount of data that businesses are able to generate, collect and analyze, and now education is finding ways to leverage this growing trend.

Big data allows users to examine large collections of data that contain a wide variety of data types. Through this examination, users may uncover hidden patterns, correlations, trends, and other useful information that would have otherwise gone unnoticed.

At this year’s Tech Belt Technology Summit, hosted by Data Recovery Services LLC (DRS) in partnership with the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber, attendees will be able to hear how four regional school districts are using big data analytics with their network. Representatives from Jackson Local School District, Perry Local School District and the University of Mount Union in Ohio, as well as Farrell Area School District in Pennsylvania will be on-hand to how big data has helped them to optimize network performance and generate insights that allow them to improve student recruitment, retention and outcomes.

Vala Afshar, chief marketing officer of Extreme Networks of San Jose, Calif. is mediating the panel discussion.

“Big Data analytics is becoming a critical focus for schools at all levels of education because it allows school districts to continually gain valuable, accurate insights regarding student performance and approaches to learning, rather than relying on periodic standardized testing,” Afshar says. “IT management teams are now becoming a vital part of the strategic discussion with their administrations.”

The special education session will run from 1:15 to 2 p.m. The Tech Belt Technology Summit will be held on Thursday, May 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business Administration.