Data Dashboard and Skyward have many different fields of information for teachers to use. Data Dashboard has more academic and demographics information such as test scores for standardized testing and different categories of demographics information such as low income students. Skyward has more detailed personal information such as home address, allergies, IEP and 504 plans, other accomodations, health alerts. A teacher can also find helpful choices like classroom seating arrangements. Both have students categorized in a teacher's period classes. Skyward only lets you see your students, where DD shows demographics for grade level, school and your individual classes and students.
Skyward is helpful to show students needs as you can identify students who will need assistance, need behavioral modifications, how to manage them better inside the classroom. As a cross-curricular team leader, I use Skyward to identify students needs that my team must know in order to give students the accomodations they need or to make sure my team is aware of medical alerts for students on our team.
Data Dashboard is a good tool to know the background of your students before they come into your class. To find out their starting point academically speaking so we can work with them and get them additional instructional support if needed.
Likes: Many different categories of information, many fields to sort, can compare one field to another field, graphs to compare data, breakdown of information by individual classes, student's pictures.
Dislike: so many options its hard to find what you want, complicated to use, must continue to scroll to the bottom of page for information
Likes: seating charts, classroom breakdown, pictures of students, graphs, personal information such as siblings and parents, parent emails, automatic grade calculation, can send large group emails quickly or to specific classes, online calendar, can post teacher notifications and reminders to students on the calendar.
Dislike: hard to navigate, have to click through many screens to get to desired screen, printing the correct form is difficult.