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Tech Belt Summit to Discuss Education Analytics

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A roundtable discussion  focusing on how four school districts in the region are using big data analytics is among the featured events at this year’s Tech Belt Technology Summit.

Data Recovery Services LLC is hosting the summit, to be held May 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Youngstown State University’s Williamson Hall.

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 data has helped them 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., will moderate the panel discussion.

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

“Big data analytics is becoming a critical focus for schools at all levels of education because it allows them to continually gain valuable, accurate insights regarding student performance and approaches to learning, rather than relying on periodic standardized testing,” Afshar says.

Information technology management teams now are becoming an important part of strategic discussions with school administrations, he adds.

The roundtable discussion will begin at 1:15 p.m. For more information on the event visit this website and download the app here to stay updated.

Pictured: Visitors and vendors at the 2014 Tech Belt Technology Summit.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.